“Whoa.” said Tara Miller, one of our head electricians. “That’s gone.”

The “that” she was referring to was a semi-permanent piece of scaffolding we have backstage to allow the lighting crew to access an electrical patch panel. The scaffolding was removed this week in preparation for the arrival of Disney’s The Lion King. Even though the show is more than three weeks away, we’ve already started preparing our stage. Tara, apparently, hadn’t been involved in that work.

We’ve already removed a piece from the top part of the proscenium arch — the stage’s frame — so Lion King’s set will fit. If you look closely at the picture above, you'll note that there are only two panels across the top. Usually there are three. The show's set will stick out further downstage than our arch would allow.

We’ve also removed all but one piece of our soft goods (curtains), including our red main curtain. All but a handful of our lights are packed in trucks. The green room and dressing rooms are empty. Sound equipment has been packed out. All the equipment in our storage room under the orchestra-level seating — what we call our morgue — has been moved out as well.

Interestingly, we still have shows here this weekend and next. The New Mexico Philharmonic is in for both weekends, plus they’ll perform a series of concerts for students during the week. The Albuquerque Youth Symphony performs Sunday afternoon and the UNM Wind Symphony has their concert Wednesday night. All these concerts are performed in front of our orchestra shell, so no soft goods are needed, except for one black drape will hang over the top of the orchestra shell. It'll be there to mask from view the lights and rigging at the top of the orchestra shell. Normally, that missing piece of the proscenium arch takes care of that.

Once the last note sounds two weeks from now, our crew comes in to take the orchestra shell apart and store the walls and ceiling pieces. They'll also remove the last bit of lighting and sound equipment and that one remaining piece of curtaining. The first truck from Disney's The Lion King arrives Saturday, September 22.

Whoa.

Terry S. Davis
Popejoy Hall

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