Friday, October 23, 2015

Behind The Scene

Back into the series, which I'll be concluding tomorrow. This is one of the rehearsal halls in the National Arts Centre, where the orchestras actually do most of their practicing as an ensemble. I was standing where the conductor normally would stand. I'd be out of my depth trying that- I can't read a note of music, after all, and there's more to conducting than flailing your arms about.

These can be found in the dressing rooms. They are costumes for lead performers in Opera Lyra's production of The Barber Of Seville. Design sketches were close by, and the closing image, a prop angel, could be found near the stage in Southam Hall.


  1. I'd love to wander around behind the scenes as you have. I think it some ways it's even more fun than the "front of the house."

  2. Willaim, thank you for sharing with us "the behind the scenes" because we may never get to visit them. Great to see what they look like behind he scenes.

  3. Excellent costumes, I took the prop for a real statue...

  4. Must be so fun to create the costumes for a performance.

  5. True, conducting is a real skill!

  6. Love the energy of a live theater. A group of us provide a reception for opening night in a little theater in the Mnts. We always have fun making our centerpieces coordinate with the theme of the play.

  7. Yes, conductors make it look too easy, but not so :) Enjoyed the look around the theatre William, merci beaucoup.

  8. I wish I had been a fly on the wall when you made those tours inside. Awesome!

  9. The production of costumes is a complicated process. There are many talented people working behind the scenes. Also, the music doesn't just happen . there are many hours of practice needed.

  10. @Kay: it was fun to explore.

    @Nancy: thanks!

    @VP: it certainly looks like it.

    @Marianne: and hard work!

    @Marleen: my paternal grandfather would have asked, "what's the point of a conductor? He doesn't do anything but stand there and wave his arms around." But it is a lot of work.

    @Janis: it certainly does stand out.

    @Janey: I can see that being fun!

    @Grace: you're welcome!

    @Tanya: I enjoyed it.

    @Carolann: thank you!

    @Red: oh, yes!

  11. You must have had so much fun to walk around behind the scenes. I'd be really fascinated by the wardrobe area.

  12. For me this was the less interesting post about your trip behind the scenes. But it can't be a party everyday. :-)

  13. Wonderful! How I would love to pour through those wonderful designs.

  14. "Behind the scene" is a subject that always interest me, so thank you for this theater tour series.

  15. I've enjoyed getting the peek behind the scenes.

  16. Great series---I love being "behind the scene" as Jose put it.

  17. @Linda: I did enjoy it.

    @Jan: understandable- I think people would have more interest in one area than others.

    @Denise: the designer also brings artistic skill to the page!

    @Jose: you're welcome.

    @Sharon: I've enjoyed showing this.

    @MB: thank you!

  18. They really gave you access to everything during this open house!

  19. I believe an experiment was once conducted (no pun intended): music connaisseurs were asked to conduct an orchestra. It was a disaster, lol, so yes there's more to it even if it doesn't necessarily look like it to us! And there you go again, m'gonna be humming Rosina's arias...

  20. One feels the patina of creativity

    ALOHA I'm SO glad to be back online!


  21. Fascinating, behind the scenes views. Love the array of costume sketches on display.

  22. i can't read music and can't sew either, so i'd be pretty useless in a musical production. :)

  23. Thanks for sharing behind the scenes, William. It is something that very few get to see! :)

  24. @RedPat: pretty much!

    @Whisk: thanks. I did too.

    @Ciel: that doesn't surprise me.

    @Cloudia: indeed!

    @Gemma: thank you!

    @Tex: I would too, given that I can't sing!

    @Linda: you're welcome!

  25. An amazing amount of talent back stage as well as on stage...

  26. Funny that we both showed concert halls today, you from the backstage perspective and me from the audience.

  27. So much creativity behind the scenes....

  28. A very nice and interesting posting.
    Did they have an open day.... or are you actually working there?

  29. So much goes on behind the scenes that we audiences never think about!

  30. @Revrunner: I could never pull off a bow tie.

    @Geoff: quite true!

    @Mari: thanks!

    @Jack: life's strange that way!

    @Norma: very much so!

    @Beth: I think so!

    @Gunn: no, they have an open day from time to time. I must have missed it this year.

    @EG: that's quite true.