This is Part III in a four part 42ND STREET blog series by Jim Coleman. Part IV, “The Cast” will be published on Saturday, May 21.
I am thrilled with our 42ND STREET company here at SCT. I am very privileged to have Evelyn Barney as choreographer. She is a tap dancer extraordinare, and teaches at Elaine Orimos’ Stockton Ballet School. Elaine has been very generous in providing us with rehearsal space when we can’t use the theatre because of the show currently on stage. Brian Scott Johnson is designing the set, which is very tricky. With the size of our stage it is sometimes difficult to adapt a huge show to our space. It takes someone who is very creative and clever and can do an awful lot without an awful lot of money. The LA production cost about $3,000,000.00 to produce. Our production will cost about $35,000.00, which is the most we can spend on a big musical. Cathy Hastings and Maria Bechtold have taken on the huge job of costuming this show. I love working with them because they are creative, have great taste, and take great pride in what they do. Terry Smith, our resident Technical Director, and his assistant, Jessica Wallin, are building this production for us. They are the best around and I have the utmost respect for both of them. Terry is also the Lighting Designer for the show.
Be sure to check back at News & Cues Online on Saturday for the final installment about this series, “The Cast.”