FAQ (producers)


Answers to commonly asked questions for renting our venue for a production

Contact us [link] if we missed anything.

What is included in the base rent?

Rent includes stage and seating area, lobby, tech booth, lighting and sound equipment, dressing rooms, backstage, outside display area and audience amenities, including heating/cooling, and bathrooms.

What marketing is included in the base rent?

The Acorn will market and promote events including but not limited to e-blasts, social media, other area websites and an Acorn flyer. A producer may send up to three posters and/or flyers and postcards for display at the theater.

Can the Acorn record the show?

Yes! Please contact tom@acornlive.org for details on video or audio recording.

Do you have a piano?

A Kimball 6’10” grand piano with an adjustable bench

Does the piano have to remain onstage?

The piano is stored off stage.

What is the size of the stage?

We’ve paced out every inch on this drawing [link to drawing]

What hours do we have access to the theater?

Theater access is from 4 pm ET (3 pm CT) with load out by 11:30 pm ET (10:30 pm CT). Contact us [link] in advance to make other arrangements.

What time do doors open to the public?

Doors open one hour before the show. Contact us [link] in advance to make other arrangements.

Would the Acorn consider a door split instead of a rental?

No. The Acorn does not do door splits.

Does the venue own any backline?

Yes. We are committed to providing all of our artists with the equipment they need to shine on stage. Details of our comprehensive in-house backline are here. [link to equipment list]

What kind of sound system do you have?

Audio excellence is a top priority at The Acorn. We will easily meet your sound needs with one of the finest systems in the region. Check out the details here. [link to equipment list]

What equipment do you have available to rent?

  • Kimball 6'10" Grand Piano with Adjustable Bench
  • Peavey KB300 Keyboard Amplifier
  • Gretsch Renown Maple Drum Set (Including): 24" Kick w/pedal, 14" Snare w/stand, Single Tom w/stand, 16" Floor Tom (All Evans Heads), Adjustable Drum Throne, Hi-Hat Stand, 14” Hi-Hat Cymbals, and 18" Ride Cymbals, 16" and 20” Crash Cymbals (All Zildjian)
  • David Eden World Tour WT-800 Bass Amplifier Head with (Bullfrog 4x10 AlumaBass Cabinet)
  • Drum Riser
  • Fender Bassman ’59 Reissue Combo Guitar Amp
  • Movie Screen & Video Projector

Can we bring our own sound technician?

Yes, with prior arrangement. Our Technical Engineer must always be present.

Can we bring our own sound and lighting equipment?

Contact us [link] in advance to get approval to bring any external outboard gear, sound consoles, monitor boards, lighting equipment, etc.

Do you allow haze machines or fire?


Where do we unload?

At The Acorn theater’s front door on Generations Drive.

Where can we park?

Three Oaks offers several nearby on-the-street and municipal lot options. See map. [link to pdf]

Can I leave my vehicle in the municipal lots or on the street overnight?


How can we be considered as an opener for a show?

Please email Sandra@acornlive.org to ask about possibilities.

Can we sell tickets on a website other than The Acorn’s?


Can we host a Meet and Greet?

Yes. Contact us [link] to make arrangements.

Can we sell merchandise?

Yes. The Acorn will not take a percentage. Sales cannot be processed through the Acorn so bring your own bank.

Is there a staff person to help sell our merchandise?

Our volunteers are generally available to help you.

Can you recommend an area hotel?

You can find a list of Harbor Country hotels and Bed & Breakfasts here.

Can we hold seats for friends and family prior to the show?

Producers may reserve up to two seats.

Are children welcome?

Supervised children are welcome.

Can we bring our own alcohol and food?

You may bring in your own food. Alcohol is available through the bar.

Is there a dressing room?


Where can we eat before the show?

You will find a list of Three Oaks restaurants and bars here. [link to Tourist Info page]

Where can we have an after party?

Nelson’s Saloon in Three Oaks is open late. Call in advance, 269-756-6161, to confirm hours.

Do you rent the theater as a rehearsal space?

Please email Tom@acornlive.org for details.

What is the Acorn theater’s seating capacity?