Twitchin’ Here in Backstage – The Magic Behind the Scenes

Musicals are typically big and bombastic productions. You have singing and dancing, bright lights and music, lots of props and make-up, you name it. This all requires a lot of work. Read that, A LOT of work. Even before the first audience member sets their foot in the theater, there has been a tumult of activity going on for several hours behind the scenes.

So what does all of this look like? Well, here’s a few pictures to give you an idea:

Putting on make-up backstage
Make-up is essential and is the first thing people do when they arrive at the theater. To help with that, we have our wonderful make-up crew.


Although by now most actors know how to do the basic stuff themselves.


A musical wouldn’t look or sound like much on stage if we didn’t have the good folks at lights & sounds helping us out.


Speaking of sounds, the piano is our key component in this production, and it needs the steady hands of a professional to guide it.


Not everything happens behind the scenes. We also need people up front to sell tickets and serve some delicious cake to the audience members as they come in!


Just before the show, our crew starts to panic a little...


...but luckily there’s still some time to chat before the show begins.


A little more lipstick and away we go!


Photos: Gustavo

Text: Jonathan O’Brien

Jonathan O’Brien is an avid thespian and a loose cannonball with little idea as to what happens next. His dream job is to be a voice actor for computer games so that he can get paid for shouting obscenities into a microphone all day.

Thespians Anonymous proudly present the comedic musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change on 12, 14, 15, 21 and 22 April 2013 at Gloria Kulttuuriarena in Helsinki. For more information see Thespians Anonymous website or the Facebook event of the show.

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