June 22, 2012
The Challenges of Theater in the Vineyard
By Karen Riley
In a traditional theater the technical staff have control over almost everything in the environment: the ambient sound and projected sound, the lights, even the temperature. There is an existing stage and lighting equipment, curtains to screen back stage activities, a main curtain to close before the show, at intermission, and at the end of the show.
The Livermore Shakespeare Festival has none of those things; we put on our shows outside in front of an old Victorian house at Concannon Winery. Here are just a few of the many technical challenges we meet when staging a theatrical performance outside.