November 2011

Bidding Farewell to Figaro

So, Figaro has closed. We had an amazingly successful run, with a totally sold out opening night, and a record number of folks at the matinee. Audiences seemed to just love it -- it was great to stand backstage and hear so much laughter. Comic opera is fun!

We got some great reviews:

James Bash's review in Oregon Music News

Brett Campbell's review in Willamette Week

Ryan Prado's review for Just Out

Ned Lannamann's review in Portland Mercury

And don't forget that you can write your own review right here on our webpage.  We truly love to hear what you liked and didn't like.

This week, I thought I'd share with you a little of what happens once we've closed a show. Most people probably don't think much of it, but all the things associated with the show -- sets, costumes, props, etc -- have to be dismantled and, in most cases, sent away. (The exception to this is when we mount our own productions; then most often the sets return to our warehouse in NW Portland). The official load-out day is the day immediately following closing night, but there's a ton more that goes into sending these productions "home" (or to their next performance venue) than just one day of taking apart the set. Our Technical Director, Scot Burckhardt, very kindly gave me a great summary of the process. In his own words:

Load out: