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Monday, January 30, 2012

Susbcriber Appreciation Night at VO

Last Thursday we invited our subscribers to the O'Brian Centre for Vancouver Opera to show them just how much we appreciate them. They toured the building, learned how productions are put together, had a sneak peek at our upcoming production of Tea: A Mirror of Soul, and scarfed some delicious treats. Here some snapshots from that night.

In the Martha Lou Henley Rehearsal Hall, going over the last few details before
we throw open the doors to the public! We're expecting more than 200 subscribers
to come through our doors tonight.

Mmm sandwiches!

Check out that spread!

A free poster for each subscriber. The 2011-2012 illustrations are by
Brian Stauffer, and the posters were designed by VO's Graphic Designer Annie Mack.

A chance to see Musetta's dress close-up. This dress was
worn by Monica Huisman in the 2008 production of
La Bohème

Special Projects Manager Jennifer Lord leads a tour. Here, she's describing
how the sprung dance floor was installed just in time for
West Side Story rehearsals.

Doug carefully removes all danger from the tour route. Our Assistant Technical
Director, Gregg Steffensen builds smaller set pieces here for our mainstage
and Vancouver Opera In Schools touring productions.

Touring the Production and Props areas.

Our Head of Props is Valerie Moffat. Let's give her a hand!

Through the Production offices, where we see bits and pieces from several
productions, including this giant sign from 2003-2004's The Threepenny Opera.

The Production area kitchen, where we run into The Motones! The Motones
barbershop quartet was on hand to provide fun musical entertainment
for our guests.

We leave the Motones to rehearse as we continue our tour.

Through the big doors and back into the other part of the building. The O'Brian
Centre is split into two sections: Production at one end, and the MLH Rehearsal
Hall at the other. Admin offices are upstairs.

Into Wardrobe! Head of Costumes Parvin Mirhady tells our guests how
costumes get built and altered for each production.

And back into the Martha Lou Henley Rehearsal Hall.

The Motones serenade the crowd. Along with the sprung floor, the mirrors along the
back wall were installed for our West Side Story dance rehearsals.

Our guests are delighted by the roving Motones!

The catering is well-received.

General Director James Wright with a subscriber.
Thanks for coming! And thanks for supporting Vancouver Opera!

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