Ray Inkel is production manager for the Utah Shakespearean Festival.
CEDAR CITY -- The walls are devoid of the usual show-business trappings.
No posters, fliers or other memorabilia shouting theater.
Instead, a delicate hand-rubbed piece of art from Thailand hangs on one wall, with other, more intimate and delicate items adorning the others.
...The office tucked into a corner of the Utah Shakespearean Festival headquarters is out of the way of the daily traffic of visitors, a quiet refuge for Ray Inkel, the festival's production manager.
That's because his
job with the festival is filled with enough hubbub and much ado about everything related to the job at hand -- putting together the technical aspects of each show.
And right now, that includes tearing down sets, storing props and costumes from the summer season and moving in the scenery and other necessary gear for the fall season.
"All of our shops are up and running," Inkel
said as his
crews prepared for the big switch over the weekend.
After Saturday night's last summer performances, the crew began removing all traces of the season.It spent Sunday moving the scenery, props and equipment into storage and today will move all of the scenery for the fall season into the theaters.
"It's a crazy time," said Inkel
."But this is also the creative time, which is always fun.We're seeing it all come to life." As production manager, Inkel receives daily reports on each show, ranging from performances to a prop that may have broken or costume that needs repair.
Then there's the laundering of the costumes, the daily changeover of scenery for that day's presentations and the gentle tweaking of the lighting systems. Inkel, who holds a master of fine arts degree from the Yale School of Drama, has worked as technical director at Kalamazoo College, assistant technical director at the Yale Repertory Theatre and production safety coordinator at the Santa Fe Opera.
"I've always been in technical theater," he
said."I always wanted to be a good art student and music student.But I come from a family that's more technically based.My father was a house painter, so I wanted to work with my hands.
"Now, I go from working with wood to people."