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