What are some of the responsibilities of the Box Office Manager?
The biggest responsibility of the Box Office is ticket sales - either for each show individually or by the season. Before each performance, I also make sure the tickets and the playbills are printed.
How did you initially get involved with CLT?
My niece was involved with their production of Once on this Island. She had so much fun that she convinced my son to participate in the upcoming summer youth production of Seussical Jr. He continued doing the summer program, and with each show I would help out more and more. Some shows I did costumes, props, producing, headshots, posters, and playbills. Eventually, I started helping in the office.
What's your life like outside of the theatre?
Busy! In addition to CLT, I work at the Lewiston Middle School and Wal-Mart.
Do you attend many of CLT's productions? What have been a few of your favorites?
Very rarely do I miss a show. A couple of my favorites would have to be Jekyll & Hyde and The Addams Family.
What are some of the biggest challenges associated with your work at the theatre?
I would have to say the biggest challenges for me are when technology fails, either one of the printers stops working, or the network is down.
Ever thought about acting onstage?
Any productions coming up at the theatre that you're excited about?
I always look forward to watching the kids in the summer program. Shrek should be entertaining as well!
How has being a part of the CLT community affected your life?
I have met many interesting people and made some good friends here!
Do you have any fun stories about the theatre that you'd like to share?
I have set the alarm off because the director didn't know I was in the office and armed it! So now I make sure to leave before the director, or I make sure they know I'm still there!
Why do you think that theatre is an asset in our communities?
I believe that theatre gives people an escape from the "real" world - either by watching from the audience or performing onstage. I have seen people come out of their shell while onstage. It is quite enjoyable to watch someone act completely opposite of how you know them.
Barbara Randall was a long time participant and supporter of CLT. She was often seen in small but pivotal roles; her manner and demeanor always carried authority - the weight of many years of teaching in the classroom (Her husband was the Auburn Superintendent of Schools for many years as well).
When Barbara recently passed, she bequeathed a percentage of her estate to CLT. The CLT Board of Directors has decided to use this money to design and install a lighting catwalk. The catwalk will make hanging and removing lights, refocusing, and repairing the lights much easier and safer. If you've ever been to CLT you know the ceilings upon which the lights hang is very, very high. The catwalk will enable those people who have wanted to do lighting but weren't comfortable with ladders to now get up close and personal with lighting instruments and to thus expand our pool of qualified lighting technicians.
It seems only right that, even in her passing, Barbara is helping us to educate a new generation of theater savvy people! Pleasing join us in thanking Barbara and her family for the continued support and dedication to CLT!