WALLINGFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – Today we’re Cruisin’ Connecticut to to Wallingford, home of the Toyota Oakdale Theatre. They gave us an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at “load-in day” for “Wicked.” The musical tells the story of how the Witches of Oz came to be.
“Wicked” is now the 9th longest-running show on Broadway, and its national tour has been seen by 18 million fans.
Company Manager, Steve Quinn told us all about the balancing act of managing such a large, traveling show:
There’s about a hundred people working backstage right now setting things up. We travel with 18 men and women and then we pick up a lot of locals here to get the show in and out. It’s two and a half days to set up and then we pack everything back up. It’s about five hours to put everything back in to 11 semi trailer trucks.
This show is expected the be the biggest in the Toyota Oakdale Theatre’s history, with a two week run through December 11th.
From the talent on-stage, to the set pieces, the show is breathtaking:
The set is beautiful. The producers of our show have taken a great deal of care making sure that you see a replication of the show on Broadway, says Quinn. The dragon head above the stage is a big set piece and it’s a little bit deceiving. What looks like stainless steel is actually painted Styrofoam.
That’s the magic of showbiz. Check out “Wicked” at the Toyota Oakdale Theatre, November 30th thru December 11th. Tickets at available at Oakdale.com