Behind the scenes of ‘Oliver’ |

Behind the scenes of ‘Oliver’

Ever wonder about what goes into putting on a theater production, especially a teen theater production?

When I asked that question of Kathy Goldie, operations manager of The Center for the Arts, who is also responsible for the artistic direction and choreography of “Oliver,” she had lots to say in praise of the project-a project she herself is putting her all into. Not only is she constructing sets at her house, much of her time spent on the play is volunteer.

If you have ever volunteered for such a project, you will appreciate what it takes.

This, then, is what Goldie says:

“Rob (Metcalf) has done an amazing job with his students. Every Nevada Union High School student came prepared for their audition and impressed everyone on the creative team.

“The process has been so great to watch. Every child who auditioned was cast. We have cast members choreographing numbers, parent volunteers for everything from costuming to set building. We even have two NU students doing the art work on the flats which will be used as a back drop for the production.

“The logo was designed by Emily Rice.

“We have individual students playing different instruments. Jozi Gullickson one of our Orphan’s in the show will be featured in the song “Be Back Soon” playing her violin. Jessica Jennings will be featured in the song “OomPapa” playing her guitar.

“All the cast members were responsible for bringing costume pieces, props and set pieces to be used for the production.

“Betsey Hayman, the director is donating her time as well as Harry Kawa is donating his time to lighting.

“Eric Katz, one of the parents of two of our cast members has donated his time being our parent liaison (communicating to the cast and parents, coordinating set builds and rehearsals). He has been truly amazing along with his wife, Diane, who has been heading up the costuming. They have even postponed a move out of state to be here for play. They leave the day after it closes.

“This show is being pulled together by volunteers and sponsors. SPD, The Grass Valley Kiwanis and The Bert Barker Family each donated $1,000 towards this production. The licensing cost only are $1700.

“Accomplished singer and musician Roberta Frank has also donated much of her time as our Musical Director.

“Many of the cast members in this show could not afford to pay for a performance workshop such as this. The Center for the Arts is grateful to be able to provide this to our community. One single mom came into my office early on and said ‘I could never could afford a program like this. Thank you.'”

The level of Goldie’s commitment to “Oliver” may be summed up in the perception of one of the children involved in the play: “One of the kids asked me last weekend, ‘Kathy are you going to continue this company?’ This company, wow, that felt great.

“I love this project and I am thrilled that it is being so well received.”

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