I’m not talking about moving piles of yellowing scrapbooks or boxes of photographs. Our 30 years of opera history includes entire sets, a huge paint deck, and an abundance of props, costumes, set pieces and tools. This is an entire warehouse. We are moving a WAREHOUSE.
This endeavor does not involve promising your burliest friends free beer and pizza in exchange for a day of lifting and transporting. This is an eight-week planned operation, my friends.
It’s tempting to rely heavily on the dumpster when doing a move, and, unfortunately, there are items that just have no other destiny or way to be recycled. But we’re accessing everything and finding uses and homes for things that would otherwise share the remainder of their life with dirty diapers and banana peels.
One of the things Kish is doing is inviting her theater cronies over to
loot adopt from our prop and set pieces we no longer need. (Theater storage is like GoodWill–but with an abundance of fake food and daggers.)
As we ready our new warehouse space, we’re salvaging old sets for building materials. Our walls have had former lives as pieces of Hansel and Gretel or Fidelio.