The witches of Oz are back in town
Updated: Wednesday, April 24 2013, 06:31 PM EDT
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The witches of Oz are back in town!
The Broadway blockbuster Wicked kicks off its two-week run at Miller Auditorium Wednesday night.
Last time Wicked flew into Kalamazoo it sold out in record time and broke box office records.
“It’s a pretty magical evening,” says production stage manager David O’Brien.
But before the magic can take over at Miller, NewsChannel 3 got a sneak peek at the elaborate setup in action.
“There are 11 semi-trucks worth of stuff coming into the building as we speak and about 100 people working on stage today to get this up and running,” says company manager Erica Norgaard.
The very first thing the crew sets up is a dragon puppet the size of a Cessna airplane. The contraption moves around throughout the show and breathes fog.
“When people go, ‘Oh I can't believe it! How is that done? How do you do that?’ I'm not going to tell them,” laughs O’Brien, “but I love that reaction because it means it obviously works.”
It takes two and a half days for a crew of 100 workers, 30 on the road with the show and 70 locals, to move in all the props, lights and sets.
The team builds its own special effects deck at the front of the stage in every new venue.
Norgaard points out, “There’s a lot of people behind the scenes that you don't see when you come in and see the magic onstage.”
O’Brien adds, “It’s definitely a show to be proud of.”
Wicked kicks off Wednesday night at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo and runs until May 5th.
Tickets are still available and can be purchased via phone at 269-387-2300 or online at www.MillerAuditorium.com.
You can also win discounted tickets. If you go to the box office two and a half hours before a show, you will be entered into a lottery for $25 orchestra seats for that night’s show. Contact Miller Auditorium for more information.