- by Suzi Steffen
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival made things more interesting for the audience—and their stage crew—when they tried promenade seating
In the middle of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s Yeomen of the Guard, assistant stage manager Molly Norris might see a child with a cup of apple juice and a dad with a cup of wine climb up to ride two rocking horses on the set. But she doesn’t freak out. Yes, actors will need the horses in 10 or 15 minutes. She might make a quick call to her onstage crew or walk over there herself, avoiding the other audience members on the deck. Soon, the child and parent have safely moved on—elsewhere on the set itself, where 70 audience members are watching, ducking instruments, moving from bench to floor and back again, grabbing drinks from the onstage bar and clapping along to songs as the actors perform the stripped down, updated, Country & Western-style Yeomen.