Civic to host backstage event

The Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre. (Submitted photo)

The Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre. (Submitted photo)

Commentary by Melissa Hook

Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre will present a Backstage Exclusive: Fiddler on the Rood Edition on Tuesday, April 26. During this intimate, one of a kind evening, Civic Theatre invites guests to explore the working areas of the Tarkington during the run of its production of Fiddler on the Rood. Exploring is encouraged as guests will take self-guided tours through the theatre, and get to experience up close and in person, the areas most people do not get to see. On stage, they’ll visit sets imagined and developed by Civic’s resident scenographer Ryan Koharchik.

They can touch and feel clothing from the show, designed by resident costume designer Adrienne Conces. In the trap room, they can interact with props and items from the show. Lessons on stage lighting and director’s cues will take place in the control room. Attendees can visit the green room, and the sound booth as well. At each of the seven stops along the tour, a docent will be available to tell stories about their area of expertise, and give an inside look into how a production takes place.

The Backstage Exclusive: Fiddler Edition, hosted by Katz Sapper Miller, is also an opportunity for young professionals, and theatre enthusiasts alike to sample beer from six local brewers. Two brews from each participating brewery will be available. Flix Brewhouse will offer samples of Lupulus and Golden Ale. Triton will sample Hometown Hero Golden Ale and Sly Boogie Session IPA.

Upland will have Dragonfly IPA and Champagne Velvet Pilsner on-hand. Tastings from Flat 12 Bierworks, People’s Brewing Company and Four Day Ray will round out the offerings. Tickets for this interactive evening are on sale now, and space is limited. Designated drivers are invited to participate at a discounted rate. Special surprises are in store as well.

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