Behind the Curtain Q&A: Box Office Assistant Bailey Lamb

With the start of a new MainStage season, we want to showcase the people behind the Rep stage in a series called “Behind the Curtain.” This weekly Q&A series will highlight staff members who keep the Arkansas Repertory Theatre running on a daily basis.

Chances are if you’ve purchased a ticket and picked it up at the Box Office, you met Box Office Assistant Bailey IMG_20140730_112811_208Lamb!

Here is she had to say about her theatre experience here at The Rep:

When did you start working at The Rep: More than  2 years– My Repaversary (yes, I did come up with that word) was Sept 5, 2012.

Education/training: I started going to college for a degree in dance performance, but school made me very unhappy, so I went in search for something that did make me happy.

How’d you get into the theatre biz:I started in the SMTI program, but I’ve been dancing and singing since I started walking. So, naturally I was attracted to musical theatre.

Why your job rocks: I get to work with Haley and Jeff!! They are the best coworkers/bosses ever, and Haley is my best friend. The first time we met, we got into a shirt together! I guess that’s why I love my job so much. We always have so much fun in the box office. I just love the atmosphere and the people!

Best work day ever: Any day when all three of us are down here in the box office together is the best work day.

Favorite Rep show you’ve worked on and why: It’s a toss-up between Avenue Q and Les Miserables. Avenue Q because it was such a fun show (I saw it 5 times!) and it brought so many new faces into the theatre, including young people who were just excited about theatre. Les Miserables because I got to be in the cast!! It was my first professional contract and the rest of the cast was so amazing.

One thing people would be surprised about your job: I know I’ve said it a lot, but how much fun we have!!

Favorite seat in the house: 1st Mezzanine Row BB Seat 15

Best job perk: We get exposed to some of the best theatre and the best people in central Arkansas. I have seen beautiful and meaningful art in person and made some of the best friends. This place is so special and magical! It is somehow still one of the best-kept secrets in Little Rock, but I think everyone should know how awesome the Rep is!

Be sure to check back every week to get a glimpse at a different member of The Rep staff. Buy your tickets to Elf here!

Behind the Curtain Q&A: Box Office Assistant Tara Clem

With the new MainStage season in full swing, we want to showcase the people behind the Rep stage in a series called “Behind the Curtain.” This weekly Q&A series will highlight staff members who keep the Arkansas Repertory Theatre running on a daily basis.

Someone who helps keep our Box Office running is asssisant Tara Clem.

Here is what she has to say about her theatre experience here at The Rep:

When did you start working at The Rep: July 2014

Education/training: I am a senior musical theatre student at Ouachita Baptist University. I have also been apart of the SMTI program at the Rep for the past two years.

How’d you get into the theatre biz: When I was in the 5th grade, I had the opportunity to be a part of the Casa Manana summer program in Dallas where I got to be an extra orphan in their main stage production of Annie. Since that show, I knew that I had a passion for the stage.

Why your job rocks: It’s awesome getting to talk to so many different types of people on the phone when they are ordering tickets. Also, I love the people I get to work with! We have our own little quirky family in the office.

Best work day ever: Since I’m the newbie on staff, I would have to say that my first day has been the best so far. I really enjoyed getting to meet everyone and learning the box office system.

Favorite Rep show you’ve worked on and why: My favorite show so far was the SMTI production of Project Elan. I loved getting to be apart of the collaborative team of writing parts of the musical and since it was my first experience at the Rep, it will always hold a special place in my heart.

One thing people would be surprised about your job: There is a lot more pressure on us who working the Box Office then most people might think. We are the impression that someone has of the Rep so it is very important that we are very friendly and efficent.

Favorite seat in the house: My favorite seats are J8, J19, K8, or K19 in the center orchestra because it is right on the aisle and rows J and K are raised about a foot above the rest of the seats, which really helps since I’m short.

Be sure to check back every week to get a glimpse at a different member of The Rep staff. Buy your tickets to Wait Until Dark here!

Behind the Curtain Q&A: Box Office Manager Jeff Roper

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At the start of the season, we wanted to showcase the people behind the Rep stage in a series we would like to call “Behind the Curtain.” During this weekly series, we will highlight staff members who keep the Arkansas Repertory Theatre running on a daily basis a short Q&A.

With tickets on sale to our first show of the year, Memphis, it seemed fitting to highlight one of the first people you see here at the theatre: our lively Box Office Manager Jeff Roper.

Here is what he to say about his ticket-selling time here at The Rep:

How long you have worked at the Rep:  6 years

Education/training:  Bachelors in Journalism from the University of Central Arkansas

How’d you get into the theatre biz:  A friend knew Kelly Ford and told me she was looking for a Box Office Manager.

Why your job rocks:  So much positive affirmation derived from getting people in to see great shows.

Best work day ever:  The night we had The Who tribute band perform

Favorite Rep show you’ve worked on and whyTommy because the cast was amazing.

One thing people would be surprised about your job:  How little we actually see the actors.

Favorite seat in the house:  H 7,6

Best job perk:  Getting to watch rehearsals and see the show come together.

Be sure to check back every week to get a glimpse at a different member of The Rep staff and buy your tickets to Memphis here!

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