A single, folded roof plane encloses this $32 million theater complex. Surrounded by the semi-rustic environment of Menlo Park, with a mission to bring both music and drama to the community, the project is the result of a two-stage national competition conducted by the Sequoia School District. Featuring broad, overhanging eaves designed to complement the surrounding low-slung classroom buildings, and monumental structural “trees” which echo the entry grove of historic oaks, the building is configured to serve both a formal, regional audience, and a more casual group of parents and students. Within the theater, digitally processed luminous screens evoke foliage and serve to modulate acoustics according to the needs of the performer. The 500 seat theater is supported by band and individual practice rooms, a multipurpose meeting room, a scenic shop, and other typical “back of house” amenities.