Strike the bells: It’s a Wonderful Life wraps up production: Photo of the Day 11/19/19


Jacob Blue

Actor Bryn Cerny hammers bolts out of flats so they can be stored.

by Jacob Blue, Managing editor

As the performances of  It’s a Wonderful Life wind to a close, the cast still has the task of disassembling the sets and putting away the props, makeup, lights, and costumes. 

In the three performances on the weekend of November 15 and 16, the show made almost double in its profits compared to last year’s fall play Almost Maine.

The show had two wheeled large set pieces, a minimalist approach The main focus of the strike was to make sure all of the rented costume pieces get returned clean. 

Over the run, the changing rooms become a dumping ground. Actors must restore these rooms by putting away make-up cases, and costume racks.

Stage manager Katie Galletti said like likes the clean up, “It’s fun, exciting, entertaining, an overall a great place to spend time with the cast at the end of the show.”

Most of the sets for Newsies are being borrowed from The Frederick Towne Players, so actors and techies had to carry and store eight flats and many other different set pieces like chairs and tables. 

“It’s always satisfying to close out a show with the tradition of putting materials from the show back in storage. Taking flats and other materials down to the storage containers are symbolic of the end of a good show” said actor Jack Maerten.

Auditions for the spring musical are on December 2, 4, and 6, with callbacks  on the December 9.