Written by Isabella Kopits
Over the last several weeks, I’ve found myself listening to the soundtrack of Mel Brooks’ The Producers. While I am a fan of meta-musical theater in general (trust me, it’s a thing), The Producers has spoken to me in particular, largely because I am incredibly fortunate to be co-producing Yeomen of the Guard!
As a first time producer, I’m learning that there’s a lot more to the job than just glamorous parties and fabulous friends (although HRG&SP does provide those, too!). Producing is usually the first thing I do when I wake up, and the last thing I do before I fall asleep. There are shady deals made in the night, endless emails, and hours of meetings. I’ve already stashed a sleeping bag in the costume room for late nights in the Agassiz Theater. It’s a lot of effort, but producing is a labour of love. How could anyone not fall for Elsie’s soaring lines or Jack Point’s patters?
I’ve been thinking about Yeomen since last winter, and thinking about producing since before I knew what it was. For my fellow biologists out there — if directors are the brains behind the show, producers are the mitochondria! We are the power behind a lot of the operations that happen behind-the-scenes. We attend rehearsals, support our staff, build things, paint things, tape things, and coerce our friends into helping out, too. It’s a crazy job, but I am loving every minute of it!
Don’t miss the event of the season, Yeomen of the Guard; or, The Merryman and His Maid March 23 – April 1 in the Historic Agassiz Theater!
“I have a secret desire
Hiding deep in my soul
It sets my heart afire
To see me in this role
I wanna be a producer!”