Starlight Theatre opened its new $10 million, fully enclosed, state-of-the-art stage house June 2000. Starlight's theatrical consultant specified 12,000 square feet of stage floor with an entirely beam-free and column-free fly space 97' wide by 47' deep by 86'-6" high. Given these parameters, structural engineering ingenuity was the key to making Starlight the only outdoor stand-alone stage house in the United States capable of performing today's theatrical megahits. Key members in Leigh & O'Kane's 500 ton structural steel braced framework are three trusses, including an exoskeletal truss, which created the wide open floor plan and vast fly space. The structural frame of the building also doubles to carry the 80-ton performance-related loads.