As Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill was getting ready to open, we were at the Dorset Theatre interviewing Taylor Crichton, the Box Office Manager and Emily Lafriniere, the Costume Shop Stage Manager. Besides running the box office, Taylor is also involved in marketing and has worked on some of the visual media the company has developed for the performances.
Emily told us about the white dress that Marinda Anderson would wear as Billie Holliday. When we saw it on the actress, it was something we already knew about. Not that it was any less glamorous. In fact it was more so.
To enhance the feeling of being at the club with Billie Holliday, the first rows of seats were replaced by tables and chairs as in a cafe. Our conversation with Taylor and Emily was most informative and made us feel a part of the process of creating a production. Listen to the interview by clicking on the link below.
Another way to feel part of the process is to watch this video as the set builders transform the stage from the set for Way of the World to that for Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill
The completed set of Lady Day in Emerson’s Bar and Grill