About the Venue – J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts

The J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts theater is one of the largest theaters for show choir competitions anywhere in the country.

  • Seating capacity of over 1400+
  • Over 2700 sq ft stage
  • 25′ high proscenium with 43 full-height counterweight fly systems.
  • Over 600 sq ft of wing space.

The New England Show Choir Showdown uses professionally operated lighting and audio equipment that includes:

  • eight Audio Technica Artist Elite wireless handheld microphones
  • four hanging microphones, four downstage microphones
  • Audio-Technica Pro45 recording microphones
  • a Soundcraft 32 Digital mixing console and 14 channel speaker system
  • an Avolite Pearl Expert lighting console
  • an impressive array of conventional and intelligent lighting fixtures

Directly adjacent to the J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts theater, students and spectators can relax between performances where the Andover Vocal Music Association and local vendors will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the day (8:00am-8:00pm).

Andover High School is located at:
80 Shawsheen Road
Andover, MA 01810

The J. Everett Collins Center for the Performing Arts, named for John Everett Collins, was built in 1983 as an auditorium for Andover High School and a center for the performing arts. John Everett Collins was known as Andover’s Music Man. A talented singer and athlete, Collins played on the old Andover Royals baseball team as a catcher and left-handed batter. Collins was the first person inducted into both the Andover High School Sports Hall of Fame and the Fine Arts Hall of Fame. In 1926, he founded the Andover Male Choir. In the early 1930’s he founded the Andover Choral Society, and for decades he directed the choir at the First Calvary Baptist Church. In 1960, he became a choral director for the Andover Schools.

Notable alumni include Michael Chiklis (Actor), Jay Leno (Comedian), Rob Oppenheim (Pro Golfer), Martin Johnson (Musician), Ryan Hanigan (Pro Baseball Player), Buddy Farnham (Pro Football Player), and Jesse Gallagher (Musician).

Andover, Massachusetts has been the setting for numerous film and television productions including Sins of the Preacher (The Minister’s Wife), The Invention of Lying (This Side of the Truth),  and The Family Stone.