Want to play a guessing game about something you know ABSOLUTELY nothing about?
This week there is a great opera in San Diego - Verdi’s, “Masked Ball."
How many people TOTAL do you think are involved in each performance?
Take a guess and then scroll down through the numbers to get to the final tally:
How many Wigmakers?
- 15 (includes Make Up Crew)
How many Mess with Lights?
- 9 (includes Lighting designer, Board Operators etc)
How many Mess with Costumes?
- 26 (Costume makers, Stitchers, Craftsmen, Launderers - unreal costumes, actually)
How many Stagehands?
- 33 (includes Carpenters, Electricians, Prop Men Flymen, and Sound Technicians)
How many Musicians?
- 98 (includes San Diego Symphony members, “In the pit” and on-stage, conductor etc)
How many Big-Shot Opera-Stars?
- 9 (includes Director, and Principal Artists who often fly in for key performances, get all the attention, and then fly out.)
How many in the Chorus?
- 61 (61! No wonder it sounded so… insert adjective here… HUGE)
How many VIPS who somehow weaseled their way ON-STAGE?”
- 16 (Weird, I know, but all operas do this. They are called supernumeraries. They usually can’t act, sing or dance. They often can write checks. Someday I hope to be one. Maybe they'll let me hold a torch, or something?)
THE GRAND TOTAL(S)
- 288 (Directly - as in - for the next performance!)
- 377 ( If you include the staff needed to run the San Diego Opera, and folks from other locations who pitched in.)