Submitted by Lori Peterson, Spring Valley Stagehands Board President
SPRING VALLEY, WI – Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is now a part of the Spring Valley Stagehands Theatre history. Directed by Ann Turner and Gary Lukes, the show was another sold-out crowd favorite.
At their regular monthly board meeting, the Stagehands recapped the success of this show: 8 performances, 1398 tickets sold, over 100 hours of volunteer time to sell tickets and concessions and serve as ushers, 28 cast members in 10 weeks of rehearsals, 7 pit band members, 6 back stage/behind the scenes experts, an amazing set construction/design crew, and of course, 2 very talented and creative directors.
We continue to be amazed and tremendously thankful for the support of the Stagehands by the Spring Valley and surrounding communities! We remain alive and vital because our community supports us – and we never forget that.
Part of the magic of theatre is what is seen by the audience – and then there are the moments back stage that audience members don’t get to see: the vocal warm-ups; the stretches; the prior to start motivation from the directors; the frantic search for a lost prop or costume item; the men dancing backstage to the women’s musical numbers and vice versa; the rush to get into the next costume and back onstage for the next scene; the makeup and hair experts fluffing and painting; the gallons of water consumed to keep the vocal cords going; and the smiles and waves up to the pit band. It’s what makes it all happen out front, and what binds the cast and crew together as family and team.
The Stagehands are currently thinking about what it might be like to offer a few seats backstage – to give audience members a chance to see the behind-the-scenes family at work during a performance. Stay tuned!
Ram-a-lam-ding-dong: Grease is just around the corner!