Hello hello hello! Welcome back for our fourth installment of Throwback Thursday: The Rose Edition! This week we are going to shift our attention to The Rose’s very own, Scott Pace. Scott has been involved with the Rose for about 22 years–He first saw Lyle the Crocodile at the Rose in 1995 when the building first opened–and in 2017 is more involved than he could have known 22 years prior.
Since then, Scott was hired as a Box Office Assistant in 2012 and was promoted to Box Office Manager and Volunteer Coordinator in 2016. That means that anyone that you meet when you come see a show–whether they are Box Office assistants, running Will Call, taking tickets, passing out programs, ushering you to a seat or selling concessions–Scott oversees that team and is a vital part of making sure that audiences have a good experience. Scott has also been seen recently on The Rose’s mainstage as none other than Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes and the First Baker Street Irregulars.
And now… the throwback! We asked Scott a little about his theater experience in general and then asked him to give us some detail about what his first ever theatrical experience was. He answered:
“My first ever? I sat in on a rehearsal for Millard North’s production of The Music Man back in the mid-early 90’s. I can’t remember how old I was at the time. My aunt was the music director for the school back then. While they were rehearsing, I was exploring the pit and the house. I was enthralled with the concept of live music during the show and how the entire band could be hidden under the stage. I also enjoyed the fact that the house was raked! That means the row behind you is a little higher than the one you’re sitting in. This makes it easier for the audience to see over the people in front of them. I would guess that these things lead to my eventual joining of the pits in High School and feeds into my managing the front of house for the Rose!”
Scott has come a long way since seeing Lyle the Crocodile as a youngster. His thoughts on how theater has impacted his life tell us clearly that he has gained quite a lot from theater. He told us:
“Theater has given me a safe space to explore the many aspects of my personality. I have even explored them through the administration experiences I have gained! It has also been a wonderful environment to play with the many art-forms I enjoy. I have made many of my life-long friends because of theater and especially The Rose! Theater has also taught me, ‘It’s not what you know, it’s who you know!’ And I know a lot of wonderful people because of my experiences throughout the Omaha Theater Community!”
Scott’s contributions to The Rose do not go unnoticed. So thank you Scott for the hard work that you do and thank you for sharing your experiences with us!