Stage set cre­ates drama

Central Otago Mirror - - CENTRAL NEWS - By MARY-JO TO­HILL

Ah, there’s noth­ing like a bit of drama, on and off the stage. In the fi­nal fran­tic days lead­ing up to the open­ing of Alexan­dra Mu­si­cal So­ci­ety’s pro­duc­tion of Rush, imag­ine the team’s con­ster­na­tion when a vi­tal set wouldn’t fit into the the­atre. Pro­duc­tion man­ager So­nia van den Ys­sel said the re­volv­ing piece, built for the Christchurch pro­duc­tion, had been in a ship­ping con­tainer for some years. ‘‘The set­ting guys went down to Gore to pick it up. When they got it to the Alexan­dra the­atre, they tried it through ev­ery door but it wouldn’t fit.’’ Af­ter get­ting per­mis­sion from the own­ers ‘‘to deal to it’’ with some­thing sharp, they then re­alised it was way too tall for their lighting rig, which meant an­other few tweaks. The three-side piece seems to be a metaphor for what Rush is all about, a story ex­am­in­ing the good, the bad, and the ugly of Cen­tral Otago’s gold min­ing be­gin­nings. Lead Brian Fog­a­rty who plays the ill­fated Dun­can McKen­zie, was gen­uinely gob­s­macked when he walked on stage to

Rush in­spect the set which will seal his fate, on stage at least, for the next 10 days. ‘‘It com­mands a bit of re­spect.’’ A gen­uine Ir­ish­man from County Clare, Fog­a­rty came to Alexan­dra as a locum vet. Open­ing night is on Satur­day.

Photo: MARY-JO TO­HILL/ FAIR­FAX NZ

Re­spect­ful: lead Brian Fog­a­rty get­ting the feel of a fairly in­tim­i­dat­ing set for the up­com­ing pro­duc­tion which opens this Satur­day in Alexan­dra.

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