Setting the stage for Five Course Love

May 14, 2013 § Leave a comment

Five Course Love director Krista Hansen works with cast members Amy Malouf, Greg Foster and Amanda Bloom.

Five Course Love director Krista Hansen works with cast members Amy Malouf, Greg Foster and Amanda Bloom.

Metropolis Properties Designer Maggie Neumayer had her work cut out for her with Five Course Love. Each of the musical’s five vignettes takes place in a different restaurant: a BBQ joint, an Italian bistro, a German schnitzel house, a Spanish cantina and a roadside diner. Rather than change out large set pieces, Five Course Love relies on props and set decorations to change the atmosphere for each scene.

Below is a link to the complete listing of props and set decorations for Five Course Love. Well, nearly complete – we had to keep a few items off the list so we don’t spoil all the surprises! Be sure to keep an eye out for all these elements when you come see the show – opening this Thursday, May 16 and running through June 16.

Five Course Love Props List

The Butler Didn’t Tech Rehearsal

March 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

This is a look at how utterly boring (yet critically important) a cue to cue rehearsal is. This is the rehearsal when the stage manager and her team rehearse and work through every single light, sound and set cue, skipping pages of dialogue to get to, and work, each one. This can be both very exciting and a sleeper. Warning: I never said this was exciting.

Robert Cray Load-In, Part 3

August 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

Robert Cray Load-In, Part 2

August 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

The gear is here. The stage is crawling with people. Looks like it’s going to be a loud show – and a great show. Band is not here. Can’t wait for them to arrive. Though the artists obviously always know the size of our venue, they usually are taken aback a little by how intimate and beautiful the space is. The reaction is always great.

Robert Cray Load-In, Part 1

August 4, 2010 § Leave a comment

The semi is outside, the band is in the city and the stage is bare – which is extremely rare for us. I’ll post updates throughout the day. Shortly, when the Stage and Production Managers arrive, we’ll start loading in the band’s gear and getting ready for sound check.More video updates to follow…


November 23, 2009 § 2 Comments

A character in the opening and closing numbers of the show is selling chickens on the street. I’ve been having doubts about the chickens looking real from the audience. After spacing rehearsal, several people tried working the prop in order to sell me on the chickens. I documented:

Micky tries to sell me on the chickens


Kristen tries to sell me on the chickens


Holly tries to sell me on the chickens

My Front Tooth Hurts

November 20, 2009 § 1 Comment

Driving home at 12:15 am this morning, I noticed my front right tooth was hurting as though I’d been punched in the face. I kept driving, every once in a while noticing the slight pain.

I grabbed it and tried ever so slightly to just wiggle it. I don’t think it actually moved – but in my 12:15 am brain I thought maybe it was loose. But for sure it hurt.

We had just sat through 5 hours of a our first tech rehearsal. Those who work in theatre understand what that means: hours of sitting in the dark running, testing, adjusting, re-running, talking about, moving, running again, of every light cue, sound cue, fog cue, house turning cue, chain cue, entrance cue, music cue, over and over and over again. If it sounds like a slog, it is. Progress is made, but you can’t see that when you’re in it. You can only see that, after it’s over.

For me, as the director, it’s nerve-wracking.You sit in the dark, with all the other designers and technicians and stage managers on headset. You’re not on a headset. Half the time you’re talking to them, you don’t know if they’re listening to you or to someone on headset, and you don’t know if they’re amenable to what you’re requesting, or if they hate you a little bit, because you now want to run the cue with the fog and the house turning for the 7th time. Actors sleep, wait, work on their computers, sleep again, chat chat chat, whisper whisper, then jump up in a total anxiety attack because you just jumped to a scene they’re in – but they’ve been sitting around in the dark for 1 hour and 27 minutes doing essentially nothing.

I realized my tooth hurt because I had been biting down so hard on one of my finger nails, the corner of my notebook and my pen, for so long, that it was as if I had actually been punched in the face.


Here are some pictures from Tech.

The view from the Stage Manager/Director's desk in the house.

Adam Veness working underneath the stage.

Light Designer Joe Mohamed writing light cues during Tech.

Stage Manager Holly Marshall writing cues in her book.

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