FOUR semi-trailer loads, 30 people, two days work.
That’s what it took to put together the “enormous” set for Orange Theatre Company’s production of The Phantom of the Opera over the weekend.
But it will be worth it by opening night when theatre-goers are wowed by the specially-made sets that will bring an 1890s Parisian opera house to life before their eyes.
“There is an enormous amount of technical scenery,” the production’s co-music director Graham Sattler, who will also play the Phantom, said.
“It moves in during the set changes to create the magic of the various levels - above ground, below ground and the opera house.”
With so much technology behind the show, Mr Sattler admits a lot could go wrong, but is confident all potential flaws will be ironed out by opening night on Friday, October 18.
Mr Sattler said the production was a big commitment for Orange Civic Theatre, with the entire set “built-in” to transform the stage for three weeks.
“This is a local show and it’s going to be inhabiting the theatre for much longer than a travelling show,” he said.
“It’s a big local investment in money, time and expertise. It’s what theatres like this exist for.”
After the show’s 12-day run in Orange ends on November 2, backstage will again be abuzz with activity when the set is packed up and taken on the road for a sold-out show at the Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre on November 9.
Tickets are still available for the Orange shows from the Orange Civic Theatre on 6393 8111.