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Behind the Scenes of Somewhere in Time!
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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.
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Gerding Theater at the Armory
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.
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.