May 8, 2008
PRODUCING THE PRODUCERS: NSMT DOES IT ALL IN-HOUSE:
Video/editing by : Mark Lorenz
"The Producers" had long runs on Broadway and in Las Vegas on traditional, proscenium stages, where the audience faces the actors and vice-versa. This is just the second time it's been produced in a theater-in-the-round setting, on a circular stage, where the audience surrounds the cast on all sides.
NSMT puts on seven fully produced musicals a year and sets and props for each one must be custom-built to accommodate the theater-in-the-round design, according to Lars Nelson, production manager. For example, couches must have low backs and doors must be transparent Plexiglas so the audience -- who surrounds the stage 360 degrees -- will have unobstructed views.