How to build a ‘Show Boat’

By Kristina Dorsey

Publication: The Day

Published 07/02/2011
Michael Schweikardt heard the skepticism when he told people he was designing the set for the epic “Show Boat” on the tiny Goodspeed stage.

Theater colleagues, he says, “would go, ‘Aaaaaaaaah.’ There was this little air of, ‘Well, good luck with that. We’ll be watching.'”

And then folks got downright funny. Instead of “Show Boat,” they said, it’d be “Row Boat.” Or “No Boat.”

Well, the joke’s on them.

Schweikardt has, in fact, created a show boat for Goodspeed Opera House’s 27-by-20-foot space.

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