Historic Newhall Auditorium is located within Shumway Hall, the large native limestone building whose clock tower dominates the campus. Newhall Auditorium is the centerpiece of the building and has been the site for innumerable lectures, fine arts performances, concerts and cultural events throughout its 113 year history. Named in honor of Charles W. Newhall, former Shattuck School Headmaster, the auditorium has been restored to its original Victorian charm and currently serves as the venue for many school assemblies, special events, and performances. This is the stage where Marlon Brando began his acting career when he appeared in school dramatic productions in the early 1940s. The auditorium was also used for some scenes of the feature film “Mighty Ducks 3.″
Audiences enjoy the spacious, lofty room that features an oak wood-work interior and detailed stained glass windows. The auditorium is an acoustically superb performance space with an entirely wood-surfaced interior. Every seat in the house is a good seat. The main level hosts approximately 300 plush seats, and an additional 50 seats in the balcony can be used for overflow seating. The historic theatre is outfitted with modern lighting and state-of-the-art sound systems.
Newhall Auditorium is a busy, vibrant place all year long with numerous rehearsals, assemblies, performances and other events for students and the general public.