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SEP 2018

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LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 9.18 95 Random, Holmes thought back then. e only time he'd been to Actors was to pick up a friend and take them back to New York. For years, Holmes had lived in NYC, where he'd wanted to be since age six, after first seeing the splendor of West Side Story. He worked as a stage manager for Off-Broadway productions and was an under- study at the Royal Shakespeare Co. He'd spend summers at Pennsylvania's Totem Pole Play- house, where he first got into theater at 19. ere were the other stretches in L.A., Israel, Japan and Germany with Little Shop of Horrors, like a five-year college. "at's where I learned to be a stage manager over the long haul," the 67-year-old says. ree decades ago, when he started at Actors as a guest stage manager, he ended up doing five shows that first year. is summer, he and his crew — three other resident stage managers, four appren- tices and two production assistants — were gearing up for the pre-production of e Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Sept. 18-Oct. 10), a story about an autistic boy's investigation of a dog's death. His "script bible" — a binder with the script and the Pamela Brown Auditorium stage map on each page — has stage directions highlighted, pages tabbed. He'll note when an actor moves left or right, or sits down in a chair. He'll fol- low along with the lines, give one when an actor forgets. He always has his laptop close by. "I'm like a conductor," Holmes says. "I give a downbeat and it's lights up, lights down, a track coming on, this lift com- ing up, curtains closing. It's like someone is pushing a stick back there and 17 things hap- pen at once. Like an illusion." — Arielle Christian Photo by Mickie Winters OUR VENUES ARE INTERNATIONALLY RANKED. According to the concert-industry trade publication Pollstar, three of the world's top 200 theater venues, based on 2017 ticket sales, are: the Kentucky Center's Whitney Hall (32nd), the Brown eatre (162nd) and the Louisville Palace (181st). BONNIE "PRINCE" BILLY, SCOTT CARNEY OF WAX FANG AND CHEYENNE MIZE ARE COVERING THE TALKING HEADS' PERFORMANCE from the 1984 live concert film, Stop Making Sense, at PeteFest (Sept. 7-9 at Jones Fields, 8401 Dawson Hill Road). THE CITY GASPED WHEN THE KENTUCKY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS CAUGHT FIRE IN JUNE (even those who rarely attend events there) because its existence ensures dance, music and theater has a home. P.S.: It's reopening this month!

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