CENTERVILLE — It takes a village to create theater magic.
Gary Fowler, scenery production manager at CenterPoint Legacy Theatre, is quick to credit the entire team of people whose efforts make CenterPoint productions shine.
First on the list are Robert Gibson and Stephen Gray, who help him construct the set pieces for each show.
“They’re yeoman,” said Fowler. “They carry the bulk of building the big set pieces. I can’t say enough good about them.”
Once sets are constructed, it’s Tammy Coleman’s turn. As head painter for CenterPoint, Coleman carries her own share of transforming wood and Styrofoam into something that looks real to audiences.
“She takes these big, rough pieces that we build and turns them into magic,” said Fowler, pointing out a 3D effect Coleman had painted into a carriage cushion. “She has so much talent. She’s amazing.”
Executive producer Scott Van Dyke often does double duty handling the set design for productions.
“He really has a gift for set design,” said Fowler. “And it’s so much easier to go up to an office in the same building and make design changes when they’re needed.”
Jay Clark, the theater’s technical director, is in charge of all the lights and sounds for each show.
“He also has a bit of a talent for doing special effects,” said Fowler. “He’s reconfigured our smoke and fog machine for ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel.’ We’re going to be doing some effects that are really quite impactful.”