RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium: Star Theater, RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium

Thank you for being flexible and ready to adapt quickly during this pandemic! The Planetarium Star Theater was renovated for its 50th anniversary and now has more options for lighting and seating arrangements. Seating and social distancing rules will be dictated by public health regulations and RMSC policies in force at Festival time.


657 East Ave
Rochester, NY 14607


Stephen Fentress

Genres Accepted

  • Comedy
  • Kids Fringe
  • Theatre
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Spoken Word
  • Multidisciplinary


100 seats arranged as Seating capacity and social distancing rules will be dictated by public health regulations and RMSC policies in force at Festival time. Seats are movable and removable. The area available for performers plus audience, combined, is the ring-shaped zone between the theater outer wall (60 feet diameter) and the central star projector pit (21 feet diameter). Pre-pandemic, seating capacity was 100 to 120, but to comply with health regulations we may need to restrict the audience to as few as 30. Please apply only if you are willing to consider this possibility.

Stage Size

Flexible. More space occupied by performers means less space for audience. Elevated platform with ten 3x3 foot modules available. Public health regulations and RMSC pandemic safety policies will ultimately dictate the use of performing space.




We are living in an era where economy and resourcefulness are needed. A variety of lighting scenes and dome colors is available. A menu of Digistar dome scenes is available, mostly astronomical or abstract. We can provide one Digistar and lighting scene per song, section, act, etc. of your performance, with up to seven different scenes. We cannot offer lighting changes on cue within a song, section, act, etc., nor can we provide follow spots. The Digistar fulldome projection system can also accept video input from many laptops via hdmi or vga, in case you want to provide your own video backgrounds; abstract imagery works best. Operating the video laptop is the performer’s responsibility. Wifi is available, but for the convenience of performers only and should not be relied on for streaming.


The ideal is for performers to bring their own sound system, including speakers, and do their own balancing and mixing. If using the Star Theater sound system, musicians can plug the two-channel stereo output of their mixer into the theater sound system, but performers are responsible for their own mixing and balancing. We cannot provide live mixing. If using the Star Theater sound system, we can provide up to two microphones, handheld or on fixed stands. Please do not request more than two microphones. We can play background music or seating music from a CD provided by you. We cannot offer streamed music.


3 x 10 foot room, two days before and one day after the performance

Dressing Room



Parking Lot

Facility Services

  • Bar: Yes
  • Cafe: No
  • Front Staff: Yes
  • Technical Staff: Yes
  • Stage Management Yes
  • WiFi: Yes
  • Tuned Piano: No
  • Sprung Floor: No

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