Glimpses Behind the Production of 42ND STREET — Part 1

Direc­tor Jim Cole­man demon­strates use of an old-fashioned hand­set at an early 42ND STREET rehearsal. Lead char­ac­ters Jacob Bron­son (Billy Marsh) and Joy Clark (Peggy Sawyer) are in the background.

Steven Orr, in the role of Julian Marsh, uses the tele­phone to call an “old buddy” for rein­force­ments. Eddie Har­g­reaves (as song­writer Bert Berry) approves.

It may seem that the mechan­ics of talk­ing on the tele­phone would be a fore­gone con­clu­sion for actors in a musi­cal com­edy. That wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily so in the early pro­duc­tion phases of 42ND STREET, where direc­tor Jim Cole­man found it nec­es­sary to demon­strate the proper use of old-fashioned tele­phone “hand­set” receivers to cast members.

The old-time tele­phone instru­ments are used through­out the pro­duc­tion, in which the retro look of the 1930s depres­sion era sets the scene for the action.

Melissa Esau, as Dorothy Brock, uses an antique phone to search for her miss­ing lover.

In just three days of per­for­mances, 42ND STREET has become a local com­mu­nity the­atre sen­sa­tion, and the buzz on the streets says that most shows will play to full houses. Get your tick­ets now, at the SCT Box Office, (209) 473‑2424, or online at sctlivetheatre.com. The Box Office at 2312 Rose­marie Lane is open 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tues­days through Fri­days, and two hours before cur­tain time. The online box office is avail­able 24/7.

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Pho­tos by Jim Treganza

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