The Company of the North American Tour of ANASTASIA – Photo by Evan Zimmerman for Murphy Made

‘Broadway: Behind the Curtain’ with “Anastasia” Broadway National Tour

The Pioneer Center is passionate about educating students in the theatre arts. We look at the Pioneer Center’s “Broadway: Behind the Curtain” program.

~By Dana Nöllsch~

~Production Photo by Evan Zimmerman~

~All other Photos By Dana Nöllsch~

The Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts opened the theater to students during the load-in and set up for the Broadway National Tour of Anastasia. The Pioneer’s staff member Adam Cates (Education & Development Manager), told some of his personal stories of being the choreographer in Anastasia’s first performancesCates is originally from Reno and had a busy career in New York working with Broadway productions and dance shows. Cates has returned to his hometown to take his role at the Pioneer Center.

The students had time to ask questions of Cates and others working to prepare the show for the opening that evening. The group sat in the theater to observe the work on the stage and the focusing of the lights high above. The stagehand’s work was unhurried and purposeful, much like a well-rehearsed dance. 

This “Broadway: Behind the Curtain” is not the first of this educational event the Pioneer has offered, and I am sure it won’t be the last. Here is a quote from Dennyse Sewell, Pioneer Center Executive Director

The arts strengthen educational outcomes and inspire creative, compassionate citizens. The Pioneer Center is committed to facilitating and providing dynamic arts education opportunities because education is fundamental to a thriving community. Giving local students the chance to learn directly from touring professionals here with the Broadway Comes to Reno series productions is a win for everybody. 

Dennyse Sewell

The load-in and set-up for Anastasia started at 8:00 in the morning, and the curtain rose at 7:30 that evening to a packed house and a moving performance. We were there for the opening, and the set was visually stunning. The amount of work the stagehands did in such a short time is impressive.

Anastasia plays for eight performances, so this is the weekend to see this inspired Broadway Show.

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