The first question most people ask when they hear we're doing a musical at the Visitors' Center is "Have you seen the stage?" My response is that if Thornton Wilder wrote Our Town to be performed with only two folding chairs and a board, we can surely think of a clever way to take full advantage of a beautiful venue like the Visitors' Center Theater. Last Spring Nick and I happened to be at the Center for a stake event and mused, with all the optimism of the mind behind Markoff's Haunted Forest and the enthusiasm of its biggest fan, that however the set needed to be constructed, it would be an awesome puzzle to solve.
Now that I've walked the floor with a tape, I no longer characterize the Visitors' Center Theater as an actual "theater" but as an IMAX cinema house with an apron.
The stage is no deeper than the distance from the free-throw line to the baseline wall of the Kentlands cultural hall and there is nothing behind that gargantuan curtain but a giant movie screen and a three-foot deep corridor, one that dead ends just as actors would have been about to make a stage left re-entrance. An end-around walkway across the exterior slope behind the theater connecting the left and right emergency exits would be out of the question if we weren't talking about the guy who built miles of trails through darkened woods traversed by over a million terrified travelers.
Nick, where are you going to hide that piano?