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First Steps for The Magic Flute

When creating a new production, one step of the process is the accumulation of drawings, diagrams, fabric samples, and inspirational images into a series of production "bibles"—binders where everything can be centrally stored. Our new production of The Magic Flute is currently being built in our prop shop, scene shop, and costume shop, and the "bibles" are filling up with imagery and materials. I had the opportunity to thumb through the props bible for The Magic Flute, and have some images to share. For costume sketches and maquettes (mock-ups of the stage and set), see our Magic Flute Photo Gallery.

Papageno the bird-catcher is drawn here along with the birdcages he carries.




In Act I, scene iii, Tamino plays his magic flute hoping to find Pamina, but instead the flute calls forth a series of magically tamed animals, some of which are depicted here:


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The Strawberry Crisis

The author Terry Pratchett, for his novel Maskerade, penned the following gem: "Opera happens because a large number of things amazingly fail to go wrong." And while our run of Death in Venice has been characterized by fantastic reviews and strong ticket sales, it is not immune to potential mishaps, this time in the form of a strawberry shortage.

One of our assistant stage managers, Tiffany Fraser, explains how strawberries are used on stage in this production:

"The Strawberry Seller in the show carries a basket of six quarts of strawberries. Five quarts are fake, and one is real. In Act I, she sells Aschenbach (Mr. Alan Oke) the real quart of strawberries, which he eats on stage while watching some dancers. Mr. Oke has been such a wonderful person to work with that I always try to get the nicest looking strawberries for him to eat, as if they are too mushy or tart he has no water to drink and is on stage for all of Act I.

There is also a small container on top of one of the fake quarts (invisible to the naked eye) for a real strawberry.  This comes into play in Act II when the Strawberry Seller returns. She feeds this lone strawberry to Aschenbach and he spits it into the water."

Tiffany usually picks the fresh strawberries up from a grocery store in Caledonia on her way in to work. The morning of Oct. 31, however, there were none to be found.


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The Aida Trumpets Warming Up

We've talked about the Aida trumpets before, and now that Aida is well into its run, the instruments (and instrumentalists) are being put through their paces! Check out these pictures of the trumpeters warming up for the third performance:


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Sara Fulgoni in the COC production of Bluebeard's Castle. Photo: Michael Cooper © 2001



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