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Meet the People Behind the Scenes


by Kevin Sylvester

Best Bets List, Ontario Library Association Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre

Find out about the “other” stars in show business.

There are hundreds of people who make a live show worth seeing: the entertainers on stage, of course, but also the many people behind the scenes whose work ensures that the show will be a success.

Set designer Machiko Weston meticulously creates miniature 3D sets that capture the smallest detail of what the actual stage will look like. Long-haul trucker Ben Pinel makes sure that instruments, lights, and speakers get to the venue safely and on time. And if onstage fireworks, laser shows, and special effects are appealing, the job of pyrotechnics expert comes with its fair share of excitement—and danger.

Readers will learn about other behind-the-scenes people such as costume designer, promoter, vocal coach, and more: all people whose job it is to make sure that every show is the best one ever.

Reviews:

“In considering the variety of skills required for a career backstage, the author shows that the glamour of show business is available to all personality types.”
—Booklist, 11/01/13


“… an excellent recreational read, one which offers most palatable vocational guidance.”
—CM Reviews, 05/13


“This is a great book for introducing students to the numerous jobs available in the performing arts beyond being a performer.”
—Resource Links, 06/13


“… this is the book that will give you a taste for the work that ‘showtime’ entails. It's a pretty fascinating slice of life.”
—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 05/13/13


“This has just the right amount of information about jobs in the arts for a young reader.”
—Looking for a Good Book, 06/10/13


“Readers will come away with a renewed appreciation for these indispensable workers.”
—Interesting Nonfiction for Inquisitive Kids, 02/28/14


“… provides an honest look at several lesser-known careers in the music business …”
—Library Media Connection, 04/01/14