By Ali Mignone

strings music festival chairs

Being Stage Manager at Strings is all about moving chairs. Seriously.

Ok, there are other responsibilities, but this week is all about the chairs. With multiple performances onstage and rehearsals, rentals, load-ins and dress rehearsals happening in-between, here’s what the chair round-up looks like:

     – 12 chairs on
     – 12 chairs off

     – 12 chairs on
     – 12 chairs off
     – 12 chairs on

     – 18 additional chairs on

     – 30 chairs off
     – 30 chairs on

     – 30 chairs off
     – 30 chairs on

     – 20 chairs off

     -10 chairs off

By the end of this week I will have moved 228 chairs. At 15 pounds apiece, that’s 3,420 pounds. That’s over a ton. A ton. By my estimate, that earns me approximately 400 brownies or as much beer as I can carry. Brilliant!

And this list doesn’t include the two pianos and the music stands—I’m telling you that this is the best gig in the business. Working with world-class musicians, technicians and staff; hearing amazing live music of all genres; and getting my workout in at the same time? Who else can say that?

Now if I can only convince Strings to open a second venue across town so that I can get some cardio in, my cross-training plan for ski season will be complete…


Ali Mignone is the Stage Manager at Strings, bringing 20 years of experience in the theater world and in arts/business administration. Ali recently moved to Steamboat from Connecticut, and she’s frantically cramming in all the hiking and biking she can do before ski season–when she plans to be stealing powder from sharing powder with the amazing people she’s met here. When she’s not backstage or outside, Ali works as a Senior Consultant for Theatre Projects Consultants and as a freelance writer and editor.

Posted on July 25, 2013
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