Little Shop of Horrors is a fun, campy musical based on a 1960s cult classic horror film. Nerdy floral clerk Seymour cultivates a saucy, R&B-singing Venus fly trap-like plant, which he names for his beloved co-worker Audrey. Everything seems great, until the plant’s devious plans threaten to ruin everything. This sci-fi smash hit will have you singing in the aisles.
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Little Shop of Horrors has an extensive design plot for all of it's technical theatre tricks. The properties (props) of a production not only provide tangibility to the world of the story, but also inform the viewers of the story's time period and intent. Often, the moments of illusion fall to the properties designer.
Theatreworks has the honor of having a true magician designing for us. Steve Baglio was hired during the Summer of 2018 as shop manager and resident props master. We sat down with Steve and learn more about how he came to grace our stage with his artistry.
Steve: Stillwater, Minnesota.
TW: Home now?
Steve: Colorado Springs, Colorado.
TW: How did you find your way to theatre?
Steve: My cousin was a figure skater with Disney on Ice. When I graduated high school, I had the urge to do something different, so I asked my cousin if there was anywhere I would fit in the DOI circuit. She said, "it's worth a shot." So, with a high school resume and a letter of reference from my cousin, I landed a job with Beauty and the Beast on ice as a prop assistant the day I turned 18. By 19, I moved up to props master and the rest is history.
TW: What thoughts go into designing properties for a show?
Steve: So many! My biggest secret weapon is communication. Making sure I'm understanding the vision of the director and design team while also making sure the team is in the loop with regards to my process by providing research and imagery of options available and progress. The rehearsal process is key to the success of a prop master!
TW: Can you tell us about your work in Macao, China?
Steve: Following Disney on Ice, I took a job as a deck carpenter with The House of Dancing Water in Macau, China. This was a Franco Dragone production and I feel honored to have had this incredible experience. I lived and worked over there for 2 years. The first year assisting with the construction and scenic elements of the theatre up to the opening of the show. Once the show was open, I ran a deck show track. The trailer below describes it better than I can.
TW: What is your favorite prop for Little Shop of Horrors?
Steve: The dentist chair!
TW: What is your favorite quote?
Steve: "It's Fine"- Leo Haselhorst
TW: Can you tell us what you do for Skysox?
Steve: It's top secret.
TW: Yeah, but... Here's a hint!