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It’s Go Time For Fiddler!

Posted by Kinsley Suer | 07 August 2013

Portland Center Stage’s talented scene shop crew is hard at work on the set of our upcoming Main Stage musical, Fiddler on the Roof. Recently, 12,600 pounds of lumber, courtesy of Portland’s Viridian Reclaimed Wood, was delivered to our off-site scene shop on NW Front Avenue. It took ten of our crew members an hour and a half to unload all of the wood by hand. The wood will be used to build the floor and part of the walls of the set, which, when completed, will be transferred to our Main Stage here at the Gerding Theater at the Armory.
 
All of this will happen in the span of just a few short weeks. Then, before you know it, the curtain will rise on Tevye and the rest of Fiddler on the Roof’s characters, who’ll fill the stage with the sounds of “Tradition”!
 
Photo by Fred Schoening.
 
But back to the wood. The photo above shows all of the delivered wood after being unloaded at the scene shop. The wood with all of the gray paint on it is wood reclaimed from old Lewis & Clark College bleachers. According to PCS Technical Director Fred Schoening, “It has a great texture, which we’ll be using to our advantage on the walls of the Fiddler set.”
 
The darker lumber is reclaimed truck bed (from trailers, flatbeds, etc.) It will comprise the floor planking of the set, plus a bit of the walls. The skinny boards on the left are Jakarta wood, which was recovered from Port of Portland’s Terminal 2, which just so happens to be right across the street from our scene shop. The Jakarta was used for packing railroad rails during shipping, and will also be used for the walls of the Fiddler on the Roof set.
 
After delivery, what next? “Very soon we’re going to start using metal detectors to check it for nails and such. Then we’ll resaw it into the sizes and shapes we need, and incorporate it into the set!”
 
Fiddler on the Roof begins September 14. Tickets are now on sale!
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