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Behind the scenes at

Under the direction of Jeff Robbins, Lighting Designer, steel trusses are hung from the Cathedral vault.  The placement and aiming of the lights is the work of many hours.  The lights are controlled by a technician hidden in the East Apse.

Each night, the stage crew had the daunting task of transforming the Cathedral's beautiful altar into a "holy hill."

Rebecca Thompson and Ailisa Dannenmiller model their historic costumes at Wednesday evening's technical rehearsal.  Special thanks to Ron Erickson of Cornish College for the Arts for many of the costumes used in the performance.

The children of the Schola Cantorum practice Wagner's Pilgrim Chorus at the font.  Everyone loved singing the "Hosannas"!

Costumes and props are carefully "pre-set" prior to each performance.  The crowns are the work of Daniel C. Baker, who also sings in the Cathedral Choir.  The "trumpet" used by Lisa Cardwell Pontén in Esther is part of Cathedral history.  It is actually an antique loudspeaker used by the Sisters of the Holy Names at the Cathedral School.

Rehearsal of the Play of Daniel.  Rob Fannon, conductor of the new St. Edward Vocal Ensemble, makes a dramatic entrance.

The young women of Jubilate! at a first rehearsal of the Rachmaninoff icon procession.

Jackie O'Ryan, narrator, consults with James Savage and Jeff Robbins about the text of the narrations.  The narrations play an important part in the program, helping to carry the audience to different places and times.

Server Edward Day played the part of Bishop Edward J. O'Dea in the Strauss procession.  The children of St. Gregory and St. Cecilia Choirs couldn't resist joining in a picture with both Bishop O'Dea's!

The Cathedral servers gather on Saturday night for a group photo.  Not pictured are Rachel Bungay and Arwyn and Deanna Train.  Thanks to a wonderful group!

Full house on Saturday night.

All photos by Maria Laughlin.  Copyright (c) St. James Cathedral, 2005.


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