Stagecraft Behind the Magic

Bob Frame ’77 designed the lighting for Merry-Go-Round Playhouse’s production of Little Shop of Horrors.

In the technical world of stagecraft, where specialists give substance to the designer’s vision, artistic traditions meet and mingle with practical skills. While the audience perceives enchantment, Abby Rodd ’96, production manager since 2008 of Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, N.Y., sees reality: 2,000 pounds of pig iron to counterbalance scenery; solidly constructed sets that won’t