|Asst. Production manager Shane Streight|
showing the multi-level set storage area
From there we moved on to the production area where sets are created. During our visit, there were only three sets in production--Clybourne Park, The Game's Afoot, and a third that I didn't catch the name of. With its expanded space, up to six sets can be built at a time, permitting the Asolo to construct sets for both its own shows and productions for other theaters. As a result, this department has become a revenue generator for the Theater and employs 12 people on a full-time basis. Since last June, 18 sets have been built there, half for Asolo productions and half for productions elsewhere.
|Set for Clybourne Park|
|Dean showing off a table made of styrofoam that will|
levitate in an upcoming production. Sneaky!
As I left the Koski Production Center, I had both a greater appreciation of what goes into putting a show together and a burning desire to see the shows whose sets I saw in production. You'll find me at Clybourne Park and The Game's Afoot this spring where I will enjoy my bit of inside information about what went into getting those shows onto the stage. Watch this space for my reviews!