Day at the Asolo 5/2013

Members and Guests of the Lakewood Ranch Women’s Club spent an amazing day at the Asolo. Carole Goff, Donor Program Associate planned a day meant to help members understand the life of a play.

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At the first stop, the Koski Production Center, a presentation was given by the staff who design and build the scenery, this was followed by a tour of the wondrous costume and prop collection, rehearsal halls, staff offices and even the green room.

Mary Beth Steffens, Linda Hershman, Asolo Scenic Artist: JoAnn Atkins

Mary Beth Steffens, Linda Hershman, Asolo Scenic Artist: JoAnn Atkins

 

Members then reconvened at the Treviso Restaurant where they enjoyed a sumptuous lunch and presentation by Mollie Maginn on volunteer opportunities. Carole Goff spoke about the FSU/Asolo Conservatory Actor Training master’s program. She began the story of the Asolo Theatre’s history.

After a short break, members walked over to the Asolo Reparatory Theatre where the history of the construction of the venue continued. The actual theatre was moved from Scotland in three thousand pieces and reconstructed at its present location. Local craftsman replicated portions to allow the theatre to fit into the space. As hard as everyone looked no one could determine what was original and what was new.

 L to R – Susan Ellis, Wilma Nourie, Charlene Stocker, Lynne Haf, Chris Windesheim

L to R – Susan Ellis, Wilma Nourie, Charlene Stocker, Lynne Haf, Chris Windesheim

L to R - Paula Slicker, Linda Tercyak, Ellie Stoddard, Gail Edelman, Wendy Diamond

L to R – Paula Slicker, Linda Tercyak, Ellie Stoddard, Gail Edelman, Wendy Diamond

The next stop was the makeup and wig department where members were shown how the handmade wigs are designed and fitted to the actors. Some plays require over thirty wigs. Extensive research is done to ensure the creations match the time period and social status of the actor’s role.

Next was the costume production department where members saw the original designs and the finished products. Finally the club was  allowed to view a rehearsal on the stage for the new May/June production of Pulse. Memories of the day will be etched in members memories for a long time.

photography by Carolynn Shumate