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105 Costumes, 26 Wigs and 350 Sound Cues. Get the Backstage Scoop! FREE TOUR!

  • Jun 6, 2013 · 4:45 PM
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YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN PORTLAND PATRON OF THE ARTS FIRST THURSDAY AT THE CENTER STAGE...FREE EVENT WITH RECEPTION FOR .....

Behind the Scenes of Somewhere in Time!

 

BACK STAGE TOUR AT 5 PM WITH OUR PCS BEST MANDY MORGAN! WE NEED AT LEAST TEN IN OUR PPOA GROUPS!  YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ATTEND THE PERFORMANCE IF YOU JUST WANT TO JOIN US!. THIS SOUND LIKE AN AMAZING SET BY OUR AMAZING CENTER STAGE CREATIVE ARTISTS!

 

  

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Hello! 

It's the end of May, and you know what that means, flowers blossoming, Rose Festival festivities and our final musical of the season. I think we're doing our 25th season anniversary proud by premiering the new Broadway bound musical, Somewhere in Time. This will be the very first time that a production has been premiered in Portland before heading to Broadway! Come watch history unfold while enjoying an absolutely gorgeous musical. And keep reading for some fun production facts.

SPONSOR BY PORTLAND PATRON OF THE ARTS:http://www.meetup.com/Portland-Patron-of-the-Arts/

Behind the Scenes of Somewhere in Time

Set Design The set of Somewhere in Time is probably the biggest undertaking that our scene shop has ever created. A design of one of the early scenes in the musical is pictured on the left. The set was constructed in three separate locations. We would have required a space the size of the Rose Garden Arena to build all the scenic elements under one roof! 

A Sophisticated Turntable The set floor contains a 20 foot turntable that can make a 360 degree rotation in less than 24 seconds. The stage floor was built nine inches taller than it's usual height to accommodate all the wires and cables needed to operate the turntable, as well as some other special effects used in the production.


Costume Design
All the costumes for the actresses were designed and hand made specifically for this production by our resident costume designer, Jeff Cone. We were able to purchase and borrow many of the costumes for the men in the production; however, our costume crafts department added many hand made elements to the men's costumes to enhance their look or rig them for quick changes. For example, they created 24 collars to complement the formal wear worn by our male actors. The collars are rigged with snaps so the nine male actors can quickly change into different costumes.

Change... Quickly! We are using a whopping 105 costumes and 26 wigs in this production! That requires a lot of costume changes, 24 of which happen in less than 60 seconds. We have three quick change stations backstage, but my favorite is located inside the turret of the Armory. It used to be the location of our green room, but that was moved to accommodate this dressing station. There are six dressers backstage to assist the actors with the costume changes. 


A Live Orchestra, but Where? We have live music for every performance, but you won't see them in the orchestra pit. The 11 person orchestra (including the conductor) are set up backstage. The music is piped into the theater and the volume can be controlled by the sound technician. This production has an incredible 350 different sound cues and it takes two computers and a special sound board (brought in just for this show) to control the sound.

Explore Somewhere in Time

  • How do you create a Broadway musical? Listen to Ken Davenport as he spills the beans about creating Somewhere in Time

 



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  • Ron

    Thanks Natcharee for setting this event up. I had a wonderful time.

    2 · June 7, 2013

  • Natcharee

    One of the Best way to start the First Art Thursday! We are so lucky t have such a Beautiful Center stage. Great tour! I am amazed of how the could work around such tiny spaces. Thank you all for coming tonight! Nice reception food and wine hosted by PCS.

    June 7, 2013

  • Stormy aka S.

    Delightful time. Fun being backstage. Then sitting in second row of show for free

    1 · June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This is why I love Portland. What a great space. The tour guide was informative. What a great opportunity to see what it takes to produce a show,

    1 · June 6, 2013

  • Jeanne

    Too late to change gears

    June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ugh, not leaving early from work :(

    June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Darn, I woulda loved this!! Such a shame it's during work hours...

    June 6, 2013

    • Natcharee

      Deb, Welcome to stop by after work for the compliment reception at the lobby after our tour. Cheers!

      June 6, 2013

  • Patricia G.

    I can't go after all.....work. 5:00 is just too early. Please keep me on the list for future events like this. Thanks.

    June 6, 2013

    • Natcharee

      I'm sorry, we will miss you. Please come by afterward for the complimentary reception at the lobby when you get off from work, Love to meet you and I will be happy to introduce you to our PPOA for future Arts events. http://www.meetup.com...­ Cheers!

      June 6, 2013

  • Patricia G.

    I'm not 100% sure I can get away from work early enough to get downtown by that time. I am coming from Hillsboro.....if my boss lets me out I'll be there. Can't wait.

    June 5, 2013

    • Natcharee

      Patricia, I hope you could make it. You will love the tour! If you have not seen this play you MUST. Welcome to check out our direct site for more information of promotion ticket for this show.

      June 5, 2013

  • Patricia G.

    Oh my ... I can't wait to see all this stuff, wigs and costumes. Though,I don't know what a sound cue is.

    June 5, 2013

  • Natcharee

    I will be there standing in the main lobby in front of the Conciere desk by 4:45 PM. I will be wearing my name badge " Portland Patron of the Arts.
    Please be on time, as the tour will start right on time at 5:00 PM.

    Thank you!
    Natcharee :-)

    June 5, 2013

  • Natcharee

    If you would like to stay and see the show after the reception at 7:30 PM. I will be happy to offer you my group discount.
    Please go directly to the Portland Patron of the Art to join and RSVP for the PROMO discount code.

    http://www.meetup.com/Portland-Patron-of-the-Arts/events/120752462/

    JOIN AND RSVP
    Cheers!

    Natcharee

    June 5, 2013

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