Builders needed for ambitious LTM stage set

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Thu., Mar. 14, 2013
Linda Ferreira, production manager, and Andy Vincens, master carpenter, supervise the final touches to the 'Our Town' set. Photo by Christian Mysliwiec.
Linda Ferreira, production manager, and Andy Vincens, master carpenter, supervise the final touches to the 'Our Town' set. Photo by Christian Mysliwiec.

The Little Theatre of Manchester at Cheney Hall has just concluded the first show of the 2013 season, “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.” LTM has many more productions to come, and is in need of volunteers to help build and paint sets.

On Wednesday, March 13, builders finished the set of LTM's next show, “Our Town,” directed by Debi Freund. The show will be performed April 12-14, 18-21 and 26-28. While the set for “Our Town” is rather simple, the crew is bracing for the following show, “You Can't Take It With You,” which will be directed by Joseph Keach-Longo.

“It takes place in a house, and it's a very eccentric family,” said Linda Ferreira, production manager at LTM. “The house has all sorts of things to it, so it's a very big, elaborate set we need to build.” The show will be performed June 7-9, 13-16 and 21-23.

In the summer, LTM will present its musical revue. Marge Patefield will direct this performance, featuring music by Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, and Irving Berlin. The cabaret-style show will be performed Aug. 9-11 and 15-18.

The season closes with the fall musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” directed by John Pike. The show will be performed Nov. 8-10, 14-17 and 22-24. Ferreira will be working with Pike to find a set designer for this performance.

“We definitely need people for sets,” said Ferreira. “But we're always looking for people who are interested in doing lighting design, set design, sound.”

For Andy Vincens, master carpenter at LTM, new volunteer builders would certainly be a welcome sight, as he and his crew are facing a rigorous schedule. The biggest challenge ahead of them is building the house for “You Can't Take It With You,” with construction commencing May 1. “We have a very elaborate set to do with 'You Can't Take It With You,' and that all has to be put together before the 18th of May,” he said. This gives them little more than two weeks to complete the set. “I'm really sweating it a little bit,” he said.

Vincens hopes to prefabricate as much of the set as possible in the lower level workshop prior to May 1, which they can then bring up piecemeal to the main stage. The house in “You Can't Take It With You” also has a basement, and so stairs need to be built going from the stage floor into the lower level workshop.

The prefabrication process, Vincens said, is where he will need as many new volunteers as possible. Who should volunteer? “Guys or gals who are interested in building,” said Vincens. “They do not need a lot of experience, but should be at least handy with tools.” They also need set painters, as well.

Anyone interested should contact Ferreira at linda@cheneyhall.org.


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