Bratton tours allow audiences to see Shakespearean CTC set up close


Costumes provide the men of Navarre and the women of France an opportunity to court each other while still disguising their true intentions. Longaville (Tyee Tilghman, left) and Berowne (Dave Quay) dance as Muscovites (an homage to CTC’s earlier production of Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters”) to the enjoyment of the masked Frenchwomen. Photo by Ellie Haugsby.

Suzi Starheim | Staff Writer

Two tours at Bratton Theater today allow guests to go behind-the-scenes of Chautauqua Theater Company’s production of William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”

Each tour will have a different focus. The first is specific to families of all ages, and the second will be tailored for regular theatergoers.

The Bratton Family Friendly Tour is at 1 p.m. It is a free event and will give families a chance to see and understand the production and set on a deeper level.

Production manager Joe Stoltman said the Family Friendly Tour is “a chance to bring children into the theater and talk about the process of theater.”

“The family-friendly tour will focus more on the magic of theater and how things are done, rather than necessarily the intent of theater,” he added.

Bratton Behind the Scenes, also a free event, begins at 2:15 p.m. Stoltman said this tour will focus more on the intent of the set and designs.

“Older audiences seem to be much more interested in what we were trying to say through the set and designs, while children are more interested in the spectacle and storytelling of theater than the themes,” Stoltman said.

Both tours will begin with a presentation of the set and design, followed by a Q-and-A period and a tour of the set. Stoltman said he hopes guests’ curiosity about what really is behind the stage is satisfied through the tours.

“The whole point of these events is to give everybody a chance to poke around and go behind the curtain and see what’s on the other side of it,” Stoltman said. “People find this very illuminating. You can literally turn a corner and see raw wood. You can literally see what the artifice is.”

The tours will last no more than one hour. “Love’s Labour’s Lost” runs through Aug. 19 at Bratton Theater.