IU Opera Production (11) – Ken D’Eliso and Andrew Hastings building more than a house for Lady Thị Kính

The Tale of Lady Thị Kính Production Countdown

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Photos by Anvi Hoàng 

The wood shop at IU Opera Theater, where six operas are produced every year, is no less than a wonderland for children as well as curious adults alike. Things to play with are bountiful here, be it wood, plastic, foam, metal, or even bamboo. You can start unraveling the mystery in the magic and spectacles on stage that the audience enjoy so much right here in the woodshop where objects take their first shapes and sizes.

Master crafters Ken D’Eliso and Andrew Hastings man the wood shop. They build the sets before sending them off to the paint shop. Between themselves, they share sixty years of experience in theatrical building. Do not bore them with questions about building a house, ask them about building bridges and chandeliers and organs and gismos. Their stories would make you feel like you are riding a roller coaster in an idyllic back yard. Continue reading

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