Inside OSF’s Thomas Theatre

One of the highlights of opening weekend at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this year was a behind the scenes tour of the Thomas Theatre with veteran designer Richard Hay.

Hay was closely involved with the design of this dazzling space, which was completed in 2002.

He has also worked on scores of shows during his 50 years at OSF.

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Except for today.
Except for today.

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Right out the window are the mountains around Ashland.
Right out the window are the mountains around Ashland.

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There it is: "Sometimes - there's theatre - so suddenly!"
There it is: “Sometimes – there’s theatre – so suddenly!”

No friggin' in the riggin', please.
No friggin’ in the riggin’, please.

Inside the drama lab.
Inside the drama lab.

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Good theatre takes power.
Good theatre takes power.

Richard Hay and one monster backup generator.
Richard Hay and one monster backup generator.

What we all want in life: Room to store our stuff.
What we all want in life: Room to store our stuff.

Queue the grand finale sequence...
Queue the grand finale sequence… BOOM (rockets) BOOM…

BOOM CRACK (rockets)  It's happening in here.
BOOM CRACK (rockets)… It’s happening in here…

BOOM BOOM WHIZZZZ... Opening weekend 2011.
BOOM WHIZZZZ …Opening weekend 2011…

BOOM BOOM (explosions)  Just another night in Ashland.
BOOM BOOM (explosions)… Just another night in Ashland…

A final flurry.  And then quiet.  Luckily the fireworks go off six days a week for the next eight months.
A final flurry. And then quiet. Luckily the fireworks will go off six days a week for the next eight months.