Cool radio story this morning on all of the offstage people and technical pieces required to have actors appear to fly onstage at Lamb’s Players Theatre.

Here’s a snippet from KPBS arts reporter Angela Carone’s story:

Lamb’s first staged “The Book of the Dun Cow” in 1988. The theater’s artistic director Robert Smyth adapted the script from the National Book Award winning novel. Smyth said that first production also had flying actors. “Back then it was just people swinging in on ropes. Seriously, it was a Tarzan kind of styling.”

Since then, technology has made it easier to create elaborate aerial spectacles. Lamb’s rented a fly system from a company called Chicago Flyhouse. The cost of the rental is roughly $10,000, part of the production’s overall budget of $250,000.

Have you seen any theater staging efforts in San Diego that have made you nervous in the audience? Or one you thought was executed seamlessly? Leave a comment and tell me about it.

I’m the arts editor for VOSD. You can contact me directly at or 619.325.0531 and follow me on Twitter: @kellyrbennett.

Kelly Bennett is a former staff writer for Voice of San Diego.

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