Working in the theater is the best job. You do what you love, you witness all kinds of talent, you experience the triumph of success, and you fulfill your dreams. Who could ask for more? How many of you can say the same thing? There is something magical about the environment before, during, and after a performance. Gearing up for opening night is so exciting as to keep you up at night. You have the rehearsal schedule, preparing the set and props, conducting public relations and advertising for the local community. It takes a lot of people and a group effort. I have a lot to say about the reliability of my team. They inspire confidence and can solve a problem in a pinch.

We had a problem during the preparation for our next musical. The set was more complicated than usual. Frankly, we expected a painted backdrop. The director informed us that we would have moving parts that had to be changed manually during scene breaks. Not only that, but we would have to secure them. This wouldn’t be easy, he added, since some are metal. We had not done any work like this before and weren’t sure how to execute the task. As we discussed the issue, someone mentioned that we would need welding equipment and no one had any. After all, who keeps such a thing at home!

When the pieces arrived from the source, we set them at the back of the stage in the proper order. Hey were incredible and would make the musical very visually exciting. I can see why the designer opted for this choice in spite of the assembly needed. Yes, it was a challenging set and we love a challenge. Every production is unique and those with years of experience have seen all kinds of sets. It is nothing like you might have seen with Phantom of the Opera or Hamilton. Nonetheless, we pride ourselves on our state-of-the-art facilities and a crew that has no obstacles.

One team member has a brother who works in the construction industry. He was happy to help us attach the assorted metal pieces of the design. We were all there to watch, hoping we would learn something new that we could use in the future. Most of us know carpentry better than welding. When he arrived, we were all eyes. Attention was focused on his equipment and then him. He wore these amazing welding gloves from “Yes,” he answered our silent questions. “You have to protect your hands.” You also have to wear a visor, which he promptly displayed from his backpack. We all wanted to rush out and buy both items using the excuse that someday soon we would be learning how to weld. Maybe we could ask him to come in to do the instruction. Of course, he would be pleased he said.

The work was professional and proficient and we were there to watch every move. The set was a stunner.