Center Theatre Group donors got an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at The Sound of Music at the Ahmanson Theatre when they were invited to take a backstage tour of the production. While catching a glimpse of the quick change stations the actors use to get in and out of character in a flash and seeing a few of the show’s beautiful costumes, donors heard some fun facts about the production and the national tour from Assistant Stage Manager Alan Knight:
- The show’s set is packed into six semi-trucks and driven from one location to the next.
- Most of the set is comprised of flying scenery. This means that once a piece has been used and is no longer needed in the show, it is “flown” up and held above the stage for the remainder of the production.
- Most of the props and set pieces are automated; crew members are not generally pushing sets onto the stage.
- A special slip-resistant paint was used on the ramp that holds the von Trapp family as they escape into the mountains at the end of the show. (No falling children here!)
- The production team is hugely talented and highly experienced.. In fact, Lighting Designer Natasha Katz currently has 16 productions running.
- Over the next two years, this team will put on 1,000 shows around the country!
The Los Angeles engagement of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music is generously supported in part by Eileen and Ken Kaplan and The Blue Ribbon.