Director/Choreographer - Rusty Curcio
Scenic Design - Kristian Perry Costume Design - Jimm Halliday
Lighting Design - Andrew Gmoser Sound Design - Todd J Hendricks
The instrumental music core of this period song and dance revue was a pivotal factor in the Mac-Haydn Theatre's decision to place the 7-piece pit orchestra onstage, a setup never attempted before in this intimate, 330-seat theater-in-the-round. The particular challenge with this pit location was that some members of the audience would be seated as little as 6 feet from the musicians while the rest of the audience would be seated as far as 70 feet away from the band, with a chorus of singers and dancers performing onstage between them.
Through coordination with the scenic design, a bandstand was created with allowances for acoustic treatment to shape the sound levels immediately surrounding the musicians without hindering the musical and monitoring needs of the group. This acoustic treatment, along with supportive vocal and instrumental reinforcement created a versatile performing space, tuned to the needs of the audience and all performers involved.