Crawling…? In the Imperial?

April 9, 2009 at 2:00 am Leave a comment

Last night I went on the most fascinating tour (aside from my exclusive “The Rock” tour of Alcatraz) of the Imperial Theatre

It was the first tour of a monthly series that is being put on by the Arts & Culture Committee of Fusion SJ.   Our tour guide was the very charismatic general manager, Peter Smith, who told tales of backstage angst, famous performers and building quirks.

The tour took us to nearly all corners of the building.  We crawled on catwalks, stood above (yes, above) the majestic chandelier that hangs in the auditorium (while avoiding kicking the sprinkler system and house lights that run through the ceiling), and went out on the roof for a view of the (foggy) city.  We saw the back supports of the presidium arch (crazy), got to pull the lights up and down (under strict supervision) and learned about the “Slinkys” that bring the orchestra pit up and down because they couldn’t dig holes…  not to mention the secret passageway.  🙂

The tour took us approximately 2 hours, and was well worth the time spent.  If you ever get the chance to do it… run, don’t walk.  And for more information on the Imperial: http://www.imperialtheatre.nb.ca/.

I can’t wait for the other tours that the Arts & Culture committee are planning!

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