Five Questions Friday

Today we’re talking to Scott Moreover, Production Manager at STAGES!

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Q: What was your first experience in theatre?

A: Well, in high school, I was a performer in both high school plays and community theatre. My junior year, I started working on the “sets” Basically, we would wire pink foam insulation to these trellis uprights, and slap on a coat of paint, and put a lot of dressing around. When I got to college, as a physics major focusing on forensic science, I auditioned for a show not really know what I was doing and I got cast. I was the only freshman on the mainstage that semester. I was also hired in the scene shop as a part of my work study. A year after realizing I hated science lab settings, I decided to change majors and realized that Theatre had been the only constant thing. That was about the same time that the Lord of the Rings: Two Towers extended edition came out. I was mesmerized by all the making of features, and decided that I wanted to work in the world of imagination. So, I decided to be a technical theatre major focusing on scene design.

Q: What is the best piece of career advice anyone has ever given you?

A: From one of my graduate school mentors, William Moser, “Good is great, but Done is better.”

Q: Tell us about a backstage or onstage mishap you lived through.

A:  I was working on a production of Grease at Mehlville High School. It was the transition into “Alone at the drive in movie”, we were using a real car for Greased Lightning. It was on car dollies to help move it on and off stage. Closing night, while setting it, one of the dollies locked up and the car rolled off one of the dollies. I had to rush to jack the car up to get it back on the dolly, and made it with a minute to spare. Right as the transition was about to start, the car rolled off a different dolly, and I had to jack it back up and get it on another dolly, all the while just hoping the band would keep up with the music. We got the car back on all dollies and pushed on stage, and the run crew got an applause acknowledging how hard they were working.

Q: What is your dream role/project?

A: Well, it might be cliche to say this, but I really love working with directors who really allow for great conversations about what the play should be, or what it could be. I have had some wonderfully collaborative relationships on some projects. Looking backwards, I loved working on “High Fidelity” and “Next to Normal” with Scott Miller and “Proof” with Alex Moore in Chicago professionally. However, my work has become more educational in nature. I absolutely love working with high school students on a production. I love getting to see them grow in technical skills, as well as to become more confident in their abilities to express themselves artistically.

Q: What is your current guilty TV Pleasure?

A: Cutthroat Kitchen!

Thank you Scott- we enjoyed hearing from you!!


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Grace Austin is an STL area director/educator.

See her work at gracemaustin.com


**DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed in this post are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of THE SCENE SHOP.


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