Nancy O'Brian Center for the Performing Arts
Terms of Use


The Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts is the showcase performance venue for Norman Public Schools. The Center was conceived and designed as a unique performance facility, augmenting and serving schools across the district. The Center exists to provide students with curriculum-related arts experiences that are not possible in the normal classroom setting.
An additional mission of the Center is to serve as a performance and activity venue for the Norman Community and the Central Oklahoma Region. While the Center was built primarily to house Norman Public Schools Fine Arts events created for and by our students, it is available for outside rentals on dates not already designated for student use. The Performing Arts Center’s public use is managed by the Norman Public School District. Non-NPS events for the upcoming school year will be scheduled beginning the first week of June. Requests for reservations will be considered in the following order of priority: 1) Norman Public Schools Fine Arts events, 2) Norman Public Schools non-Fine Arts events, 3) Out of district user Fine Arts events, 4) Out of district user non-Fine Arts events. Also included in scheduling decisions are the overall appropriateness of the venue, including audience seating needs for the proposed event.

These Rules and Regulations are part of the Rental Agreement for the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts (hereinafter referred to as “CPA”) and the Norman High School Theatre (hereinafter referred to as NHS). The rules herein must be adhered to absolutely by LICENSEES entering a rental agreement with the Norman Public Schools (hereinafter referred to as NPS) for the use of either facility.

Should LICENSEE be found in violation of any of the provisions of this Usage Policy, NPS will immediately consider the Rental Agreement null and void and LICENSEE will forfeit all advance payments made to the NPS and be liable for all rental fees and other expenses, including legal fees incurred, whether or not the event actually occurs. Additionally, future events scheduled by LICENSEE may be cancelled at the discretion of the NPS management.

The Application Form for Use by Non-NPS Groups, the Contract for Non-NPS Groups, and these Rules and Regulations are the only relevant agreements between the LICENSEE and NPS.

No oral statements or prior written matter shall have any force or effect. It shall be the responsibility of the LICENSEE to completely inform the proper agents or employees of the LICENSEE concerning these rules and regulations. For clarification of individual rules, call the CPA Theatre Manager’s Office.

1. ASSIGNMENT OF SPACES: NPS has sole authority to assign facility space to LICENSEE in its facilities. No CPA or NHS space shall be utilized by LICENSEE other than that expressly assigned in the Rental Agreement without written authorization of NPS.
2. NON-TRANSFERABILITY: Space assignments may not be given, traded, sold or otherwise assigned from one LICENSEE to another. If a LICENSEE relinquishes a date, that date reverts to NPS and becomes subject to general scheduling availability according to established priorities and scheduling procedures.
3. NPS will deliver all contracted equipment and spaces in normal operating condition.
4. All NPS personnel hired by LICENSEE will be adequately trained and prepared.
5. NPS will provide controlled heat and air conditioning, electrical power, rest rooms, water, and normal pre- and post-event cleaning.
1. FIRE/SAFETY CODES: All sets, costumes, props, flashpots, laser lighting equipment, and any other materials used by the LICENSEE must conform to all existing fire and safety codes. The provisions of the fire prevention code that prohibit open flame (i.e. Candles), smoking, flammable decorations, and pen flames, and explosive or inflammable fluids, gases and compounds must be observed. NPS may require written evidence that all such codes have been observed and that operators have the required license(s).
2. All organizations using NPS facilities must comply with all pertinent laws, regulations and codes of: The Norman Public Schools, the City of Norman, The Board of Health, Cleveland County, the State of Oklahoma, and the United States of America.
1. It is expressly understood that this is a rental agreement between NPS and the LICENSEE, and that, except for the contractual obligations set forth herein, NPS does not accept any responsibility for the supervision, direction, or control of services of LICENSEE’s employees, subcontractors and/or agents for the manner, means, and/or details by which LICENSEE’s employees, subcontractors and/or agents carry out the terms of this agreement. It is understood that the LICENSEE signs this agreement in the capacity of an independent contractor and not as an employee or agent of NPS, and LICENSEE agrees to assume all liabilities normally accruing hereto.
2. CONTRACT REVIEW: NPS Management reserves the right to review all contracts related to the presentation of an event, including contracts between LICENSEES and performers, speakers, subcontractors, managers and others. NPS Management may require changes to these documents to ensure compliance with established policies.
3. LICENSEE REPRESENTATIVE(S) At the time of execution of the Rental Agreement, LICENSEE will furnish to the NPS the name, address, and phone numbers of the LICENSEE’s Authorized Representative(s) or principals authorized to make decisions, resolve problems and conflicts, or to negotiate any alterations in event procedure with NPS. At least one Authorized Representative is required to be in attendance throughout the scheduled time for the event, including pre- and post-access time. LICENSEE will notify NPS, in writing, of any change in representative, and this written change will become part of the rental agreement. NPS will not recognize any new or additional LICENSEE representatives until receipt of written authorization from


1. LICENSEE shall not obstruct any entrance to the premises, halls, stairs, lobbies, and audience chambers, nor allow the same to be obstructed in any manner. LICENSEE further agrees not to bring onto the premises any material, substances, equipment, or object which is likely to endanger the life of, or cause bodily injury to, any person on the premises or which is likely to constitute a hazard to property thereon. NPS shall have the right to refuse to allow any such material, substances, equipment or object to be brought onto the premises and the further right to require its immediate removal.
2. Patrons or other non-stage personnel are prohibited from being on stage or in the wings at all times unless approved in advance by NPS Management.
3. LICENSEES must adhere to all NPS and State of Oklahoma safety policies and generally accepted standards applying to health, life, and fire safety.
1. If an event must be cancelled after it is publicly announced, the LICENSEE will immediately notify the Theatre Manager’s Office in writing regarding the cancellation. LICENSEE is responsible for publicizing the cancellation through the normal publicity channels and posting appropriate notices. At the discretion of NPS, LICENSEE may also be required to furnish a representative to be at the event site at least one hour prior to the cancelled event’s start time to inform those patrons who may not have otherwise been informed of the cancellation. If LICENSEE is unable to provide this representative, NPS will do so at cost to the LICENSEE.
2. NPS shall have the sole right to determine in good faith whether conditions of inclement weather or emergency circumstances warrant cancellation of an event
F. EXCUSABLE NON-PERFORMANCE: The parties shall be excused from further performance under this agreement upon the occurrence of one or more of the events listed below; provided however, that licensee shall be responsible for pro rata rental fees and actual out of pocket expenses incurred by the CPA or which the CPA is obligated to pay as of the date of the event.
1. Destruction of the SPACE(S) or CPA, including any physical damage which, in the sole opinion of the CPA, renders use of such space unsafe or impractical.
2. Destruction or any physical damage to equipment to be used or needed by LICENSEE, which in the sole opinion of CPA renders the use of SPACE(S) or CPA unsafe or impractical.
3. Any act or regulation of public or governmental authority that, in the sole opinion of the CPA, renders performance under this Agreement impossible or impractical.

4. Any labor difficulties, civil tumult, strike, epidemic, or other cause, beyond the control of the parties, which, in the sole opinion of the CPA, renders performance under this Agreement impossible or impractical.


1. NPS shall retain the right to cause the interruption or termination of any event in the interest of public safety or if the event is harmful to NPS equipment or facilities.

2. CANCELLATION BY LICENSEE: Should LICENSEE desire to cancel this Agreement and if notification is given in writing to the NPS at least ten (10) business days prior to the date of scheduled event, NPS shall retain the advance deposit as liquidated damages, plus any additional expenses incurred, and the LICENSEE and the NPS shall be relieved of any further obligations under this Agreement. LICENSEE is responsible for full rental fee and NPS expenses if cancellation is within ten (10) business days of scheduled event. In the event the LICENSEE fails to appear, perform, and/or present, or defaults in the performance of the provisions of their contract for reasons other than those allowable by contract and riders, the NPS shall be entitled to all payments due as if the contract had been fulfilled.
3. REFUNDS: Should there be a cancellation, postponement, or any problem which would require refunding of ticket income, refunds will be handled by the LICENSEE according to a plan established by the LICENSEE and pre-approved by NPS. If NPS is providing Box Office Services the LICENSEE agrees that the NPS shall only reimburse the amount due to ticket holders whose tickets were purchased at NPS’s Box Office, and then only to the extent NPS is holding ticket proceeds in excess of the amounts owed NPS by the LICENSEE.
4. EQUIPMENT/SUPPLIES/MATERIALS USAGE: Lighting/Sound equipment used beyond that included in the Rental Contract, and any NPS Shop supplies used in staging events will be charged to the LICENSEE.
H. PARKING: LICENSEE must follow current Norman High School or Norman North High School parking regulations as prescribed by NPS. Parking is not permitted in the Service Areas, Loading Docks, or service roads unless arrangements are made in advance with NPS. LICENSEE and patrons may be required to obtain a parking tag or guest hang tag. Under no circumstances may LICENSEE charge patrons, guests or staff for any parking privileges.
I. The Norman Public Schools Performing Arts Facilities are not affiliated with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.).
1. Sets, costumes, and other materials belonging to the LICENSEE delivered prior to contracted time will not be accepted by NPS staff without written arrangements and additional charges to the LICENSEE. NPS makes no guarantee that space will be available to receive materials arriving early.
2. NPS will not accept any goods shipped to the facility for the LICENSEE, or for any person claiming to be acting for the LICENSEE, if any sum is to be paid the carrier upon delivery thereof.

1. All set-up and strike time must be scheduled and made part of the Rental Agreement. If allotted time is exceeded, LICENSEE will be charged for all additional costs. LICENSEES are expected to remove all non-NPS equipment and materials immediately following the conclusion of their event, and return the spaces to their pre-event condition. In the event that a LICENSEE fails to remove the referenced materials immediately following the conclusion of their event, the LICENSEE shall be liable for the cost of removal and storage by NPS. NPS shall not be liable for any damage to property so removed. NPS is solely authorized to determine whether a strike meets the requirements as stated.
2. All tape used on the stage surface must be of light adhesive and approved for use by the NPS. LICENSEE shall not allow nails, tacks, stage screws or similar articles to be driven or placed in any part of the premises without prior approval by NPS. The operation of the flying system can only be done under the control of trained NPS employees. All tools and/or loose objects must be secured when going to the loading rail, grid, and lighting positions or up any ladder.
3. No rigging or stage equipment shall be used or changed without the prior knowledge and approval of NPS. All rigging will follow accepted theatre practices. No painting is allowed on stage at any time. The movement of the fire curtain shall not be blocked in any way by scenery or stage materials/scenery/lighting. All stage equipment used in connection with any event, other than that provided by NPS, shall be approved by the NPS staff and included in the Rental Contract. NPS equipment may not be used, loaned, rented or removed from the facility by LICENSEE.
L. KEYBOARD USE AND TUNING SERVICE: Use of pianos and other musical instruments owned by NPS must be requested a minimum of two weeks in advance. Additional lead-time may be needed if an event will utilize more than one instrument or will necessitate moving an instrument to or within the NPS. Assignment of instruments is at the discretion of NPS and will be based on performance criteria, tuning and service requirements, and scheduling considerations. The NPS maintains all keyboard instruments regularly. LICENSEE is responsible for damage to any musical instruments provided by NPS for their use. Specifically prohibited are: attaching or fastening anything to pianos, removing lids from pianos, ‘preparing’ pianos or nontraditional performance techniques requiring manipulation of any interior parts of the piano, striking any part of the piano, etc.
1. No collections, donations or solicitations of money or goods of any kind, whether for charity or otherwise, shall be made or attempted on the NPS Performance Facilities premises without first obtaining written permission from NPS.
2. No political fundraising tickets may be sold, purchased or transferred on NPS Performance Facilities premises, either inside or outside of buildings. Similarly, no money or checks may be paid or collected on premises for such purposes.
N. Animals are not allowed in Performing Arts Facilities except for those animals assisting in the normal daily activity of individuals (e.g. seeing eye dogs). Animals used in performance may be brought into Performing Arts Facilities only with advance approval from NPS and only during actual rehearsal or performance.

1. The LICENSEE will not permit or cause to permit audience seating on the stage, stage wings or in the aisles.
2. All spaces will have a prescribed seating limit for each event. Some of the theatres will regularly vary in capacity (e.g. the Studio Theatre), while other theatres’ capacity will vary only occasionally due to special equipment or staging requirements which necessitate the removal of some seats. Availability of standing room is at the discretion of NPS. In no case will seating limitations imposed by the Fire Marshall be overruled.
3. Late seating arrangements will be made separately for each performance, and will be mutually agreed upon by the LICENSEE and the NPS based on their estimate of the least disruptive time to open the doors and allow people into the space.
4. NPS reserves the right to have objectionable patrons removed from the premises. NPS shall not be held liable in any way for any damages that might be incurred through the exercise of this right.
P. LOST AND FOUND. Any items found in the facility will be held in the CPA’s Director’s Office, and can be recovered with appropriate identification (if necessary). Items deemed, by NPS, to be of greater value (i.e. jewelry, purses, wallets, leather jackets, and electronics) will be turned over to a district office as soon as possible. NPS will make reasonable effort to locate the owner of the goods. All items in NPS possession after 30 days will be disposed of in a reasonable manner. NPS assumes no responsibility for damages caused by the loss of the item(s).
Q. EMERGENCY MEDICAL TREATMENT: All expenses for ambulance service or emergency room charges at a hospital will be the responsibility of the person so treated.
1. NPS reserves the right to distribute to audiences, announcements and literature concerning future attractions to be held at CPA venues, whether or not such attractions are under the auspices of the LICENSEE or otherwise.
2. LICENSEE must have prior approval of CPA Management for in-house distribution of all slingers, pamphlets, posters, or any other type of advertisement or promotional material.
3. LICENSEE shall not advertise or cause to be advertised, nor shall it publicly disclose, through publication or otherwise, that it shall present a performance or event or conduct any activity at an NPS facility, until this Rental Agreement is executed by all parties according to the terms set forth and deposit has been received by CPA.
4. LICENSEE is responsible for advertising the event/performance. NPS reserves the right to review and approve or reject advertising copy prior to publication. LICENSEE agrees to promote the event and to make every effort to secure the largest possible audience.
5. Unless event is officially (co-)sponsored by NPS, LICENSEE shall not publicize event in any manner that may lead to the perception that the event is being (co-)sponsored by the CPA or NPS. LICENSEE is prohibited from using the NPS or CPA logo in any manner and on any printed material without the expressed written consent of NPS or the CPA respectively.

6. LICENSEE may use the name of the facility solely in connection with the event for informative purposes and to publicize and advertise the location of the event/performance. The building/space shall be identified as “The Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts,” “John E. Clinton Theatre,” “Studio Theatre,” “Art Gallery,” “NHS Theatre,” depending on space identified in Rental Agreement.
7. LICENSEE shall provide NPS with the name of the person chiefly responsible for publicizing the event and a telephone number at which that person can be reached during regular business hours.
8. LICENSEE agrees to provide NPS, prior to the first day of public ticket sales, a short and accurate description of the performance containing: length of acts or sections, synopsis of plot, specific musical works, some biographical information on artist(s), when intermission occurs and their approximate length, when event is to be over, any special sight line or acoustical variation, etc. and/or whatever, in LICENSEE’s judgment, a patron might typically wish to know about the event.
S. PATRONS WITH DISABILITIES: The CPA and NHS Theatre are accessible to people using wheelchairs or with restricted mobility. Wheelchair seating locations are available. Upon arrival, the ushers will direct you to the appropriate area. It is suggested that you arrive at the Center at least one-half hour prior to show time. LICENSEE is required to use all due diligence in accommodating patrons with restricted mobility or physical challenges.

Rental rates are subject to change. Consult the Theatre Manager for the most recent rate table. The NPS Superintendent or designee shall have the authority to adjust rental rates.

Commercial Rate

Clinton Theatre $225 per hour Three-hour minimum
Studio Theatre $125 per hour Three-hour minimum
Art Gallery $60 per hour Three-hour minimum

CLINTON THEATRE Rental Includes: 
• Standard Stage Lighting Plot (one scene)
• Music stands
• General announcement Microphones3
• Conductor’s Podium and lectern
• Speaker’s Lectern
• Rehearsal Piano
• Audio Playback Equipment
• Sound Monitor Onstage (if needed)
• Stage Manager Desk and Intercom

STUDIO THEATRE Rental Includes:

• Standard Stage Lighting Plot (one scene)
• Chairs, music stands and tables
• General announcement microphones
• Speaker’s Lectern
• Rehearsal Piano
• Audio Playback Equipment

Your event may require the hiring of some or all of the following O'Brian Center Personnel. Direct questions to the Theatre Manager.

Event Supervisor $27.50 per hour
Lead Technician $22 per hour
Lighting Technicians $22 per hour
Sound Technicians $22 per hour
House Manager $22 per hour
Stage Hands/Ushers/General Staff $22 per hour
Piano Technicians $45 per hour : Three-hour minimum

Approved non-profit groups presenting non-partisan, non sectarian events open to, or benefiting, the entire Norman community may receive a discount on commercial rental rates. Additional Equipment or Personnel costs are not discounted. Frequent-use discounts may be available at NPS’s discretion. Wireless microphones and additional microphones beyond those provided in standard rental require hiring of CPA sound technician.

The Concert Grand Piano and Percussion Equipment are only available for use by qualified performers. See the Theatre Manager for more information.

The Theatre Manager or Technical Director must inspect and approve any scenery flown from CPA battens, and approve and/or hire personnel operating rigging.

Media projector and screen use includes DVD. Projector can be used with LICENSEES’s own portable computer. Screen is approximately 15’ x 20’. Please provide detailed information regarding your projection needs prior to contract signing.

We cannot guarantee the availability of qualified personnel, especially on events with short lead-times.


For and in consideration of the covenants and conditions contained in this Agreement and
intending to be legally bound, NPS and LICENSEE agree as follows:
1. Permitted Use. NPS hereby licenses the use of the FACILITIES to the LICENSEE and its authorized officers, employees, agents, consultants, independent contractors and invitees for the approved purpose(s) for approved date(s) and time(s). No other use of the FACILITIES is authorized or permitted.
2. Fees: NPS reserves the right to determine minimum staffing for the Event, including, but not limited to, security guards if necessary. NPS may make and revise staffing determinations as necessary, either before or during the EVENT. All staffing other than that specifically included in the Agreement shall be at the sole cost and expense of the LICENSEE. LICENSEE understands, acknowledges and agrees that certain of the fees and costs are provided as estimates only. Should the actual fees and costs exceed the amount indicated above, NPS shall invoice LICENSEE for the final amounts following the EVENT or, for ongoing EVENTS, no more often than monthly. LICENSEE shall pay any additional amounts within fifteen (15) days of its receipt of the final invoice(s).
3. Event Insurance. LICENSEE shall, at its expense, procure and maintain for the duration of the EVENT, general liability insurance against claims for injuries to persons or damages to property which may arise from or in connection with LICENSEE’S use of the FACILITIES by the LICENSEE, its officers, employees, agents, consultants, independent contractors and invitees in the minimum amount of One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00), combined single limit. The insurance policy shall name NPS and its directors, officials, officers, employees, agents and volunteers as additional insureds. NPS may, depending upon the permitted use of the FACILITIES, require additional insurance or endorsements to the general liability policy. LICENSEE shall furnish NPS with original certificates of insurance and required endorsements evidencing the coverage required by this Agreement on forms satisfactory to NPS. NPS reserves the right to require that complete, certified copies of all required insurance policies be provided, upon request.
4. Damage Liability. LICENSEE shall be responsible for any and all damage (other than normal wear and tear), theft and loss to the building, equipment and the appurtenances during LICENSEE’S use and occupancy. Damage determination, and cost of repair or replacement, will be made by NPS within five (5) business days of the end of the contract period. Prompt payment of damages will determine future eligibility for the use of the FACILITIES. NPS will not be responsible for any damage or loss to LICENSEE’S property, or that of LICENSEE’S agents, employees and invitees no matter what the cause of such damage or loss.
5. Reservation/Deposit/License Fees. Requests for date reservations may be made two weeks prior to the event, although approval may be withheld until such time as the NPS’s student use schedule is finalized. Upon rental date approval, a non-refundable deposit of twenty-five percent (25%) of the estimated total fees and costs noted in Paragraph 3, above will be required to reserve that date. Until these funds are deposited by the LICENSEE, the rental date is not assured. The balance of the total fees and costs will be due and payable on the day of the EVENT, or, with prior approval will be due and payable no later than five (5) business days following the event. Any additional fees and costs will be invoiced as noted in Paragraph 3 above.

6. Permits, Royalties and Consent. The LICENSEE shall, at LICENSEE’S sole cost and expense, obtain any and all government permits, approvals, copyright licenses, intellectual or creative property use authorizations or concurrence required for the EVENT or use of the FACILITIES. Further, LICENSEE agrees to promptly pay any royalty fees or other charges required by third parties for the production and performance of any EVENT at licensed FACILITIES and will indemnify, defend, protect and hold NPS harmless from any failure to make any such payments. Furthermore, LICENSEE agrees to comply with all local, state and federal ordinances, statutes, laws and/or regulations in connection with the EVENT. Upon request, LICENSEE agrees to furnish NPS with evidence of such licenses being in effect.
7. Cancellation. Time is of the essence of this Agreement. In the event LICENSEE fails to timely pay any monies due under Paragraph 3, this Agreement may be cancelled by NPS immediately and without notice. In the event of any other breach by the LICENSEE of any other covenant or obligation contained in this Agreement, NPS shall give LICENSEE written notice of the breach and 10 days opportunity to cure. NPS may terminate the Agreement if the breach has not been cured within the notice period.
8. Hold Harmless and Indemnification. LICENSEE shall indemnify and hold NPS and its directors, officials, officers, employees, agents and volunteers free and harmless from any and all claims, demands, causes of action, costs, expenses, liabilities, losses, damages or injuries, in law or equity, to property or persons, including wrongful death, to the extent arising out of or incident to any negligent acts, omissions or willful misconduct of LICENSEE, its officials, officers, employees, agents, consultants, independent contractors and invitees arising out of this Agreement, including without limitation the payment of all consequential damages and attorneys’ fees, expert witness fees, and other related costs and expenses. LICENSEE’S obligation to indemnify shall be in addition to its obligation to provide liability insurance and not in lieu thereof. LICENEE’S indemnification shall not extend to any injuries resulting solely from the negligence of NPS or its directors, officials, officers, employees, agents and volunteers.
9. Force Majeure. In the event that the FACILITIES are rendered unfit for occupancy by the LICENSEE during the period covered by this Agreement, by reason of fire, tornado, earthquake, strike, civil disturbance or any other force beyond the reasonable control of NPS, this Agreement terminate and shall be of no further force and effect.
10. Authorization. LICENSEE represents and warrants to NPS that this Agreement has been duly authorized, executed and delivered by LICENSEE and that the Agreement constitutes a valid and binding obligation of the LICENSEE enforceable in accordance with its terms. This Agreement shall bind the LICENSEE and its administrators, officers, directors, shareholders, divisions, subsidiaries, agents, employees, successors, assigns, partners, insurance carriers and any others who may have rights or obligations under this Agreement. NPS reserves the right to require written documentation evidencing the power of the person signing below to execute this Agreement on behalf of the LICENSEE.

11. Entire Agreement; Modifications in Writing. This Agreement is the entire Agreement and understanding between the parties, and this Agreement supersedes any representations, or previous agreements or understandings, either oral or in writing, between the parties hereto with respect to the subject matter of this Agreement. Any modifications to this Agreement will be effective only if they are in writing and signed by authorized representatives of the LICENSEE and NPS.

12. Attorney’s Fees. If either Party commences an action against the other Party, either legal, administrative or otherwise, arising out of or in connection with this Agreement, the prevailing party in such litigation shall be entitled to have and recover from the losing party reasonable attorneys’ fees and all other costs of such action.

In concurrence and witness whereof, this Agreement has been executed by the parties effective on the date and the year as first written above.