Sunday, February 26th, 2012

An Afternoon at the Opera

This afternoon, Susan and I spent the afternoon with our niece at Chicago's Lyric Opera House for a behind the scenes tour. This was our niece's Christmas Adventure. What a day. Susan has seen a number of operas with her aunt over the years. I've been to a handful with Susan. While Susan has seen a wide variety, mine have been primarily limited to American operas and parts of Wagner's Ring Cycle.

The two-and-half hour tour provided an overview of everything associated with a production. We had the opportunity to wear old costumes before the tour officially started. Our guide took us through the wardrobe department. They had costumes from the recently finished Aida, Show Boat, and several upcoming productions. We passed through wigs and makeup. We walked across the catwalk six floors above the stage. We had a chance to see weapons and armor from various points in history. Swords, muskets, modern guns, and more were on display. One of the musicians provided a tour of the orchestra pit and told humorous tales of adventures in the pit. The best was a story of a performer who accidentally dropped a real dagger into the pit. We talked to a member of the lighting team as he demonstrated how they control lighting for individual performances, as well as, for special effects. Finally, we had a chance to walk out on the stage. The stage was step up for the current production of Show Boat.

What an interesting adventure.

Tags:  Chicago, theater
I didn't know that Show Boat was an opera, but what do I know?
BeanCounter37   Sunday, February 26, 2012
Sounds like a fun day. A view most people never see.
LGrant   Tuesday, February 28, 2012
It was a great time.
Bill Pearch   Tuesday, February 28, 2012
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