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73. Hello Dolly!
"Hello Dolly" is one of the classic American
. It was first shown in New York City
1964 and won 10 Tony Awards. The Tony
are live theater's version of the Oscars. When
was in high school, our theater department decided
put on our version of "Hello Dolly", and
just had to get involved. I wasn't an
, but I was hoping there was something I
do, so I went to the director and
him if he needed help. To my surprise,
The director's name was Michael Thomas.
almost screamed in delight when he said I
be a part of the play. "Oh, my
!" I said. "I would love to be a
. Are you kidding me?" A stagehand is someone
moves all the props and background in between
. It is precision work that takes coordination between
people. I loved working in the "wings", which
what the backstage in called in theater lingo.
stage manager is the person who runs the
during a play, and the job carries a
of responsibility. My first stage manager was a
guy who liked me a lot, so I
the best assignments. "Hey George, how would you
to man the lighting?" he asked, and I
at the opportunity.
"You bet, boss!" I responded.
was how I got put in charge of
lighting for one of the best plays ever
. Even though this was just a high school
, we played to packed houses almost every night
were on. I did such a great job
when the theater department decided to put on "
Side Story" the next semester, they asked me
I wanted to join the team. It was
an honor to be selected, so of course
answer was yes!