I’ve not yet had a chance to visit our Spirit Lake, Iowa, theatre, Okoboji yet. I’d hoped to go this summer, and was offered the chance, but graduate courses and other unforeseen obstacles won’t make it possible this year. Next year, I’m there.
The stock theatre company is where our students train between their second and last years of the program. They spend the whole summer there entertaining the locals and vacationers with new shows every week.
Rehearsing for back-to-back performances would be tricky enough but the crew also has to get the stage from one show to another in just 48 hours.
Keep in mind these are professional sets. Okoboji opened with “Don’t Dress for Dinner,” set in a home, then put on “Circle Mirror Transformation,” about a community theatre. So basically changing the set would be the equivalent of turning your living room into a community center rehearsal room in two days.
It’s nothing short of amazing. But don’t take my word for it. Artistic Director Dan Schultz gives us a 2-minute glimpse of what all goes into this process. Check it out: