Backstage at A Prairie Home Companion
A look backstage at one of America's most-loved radio programs
Some of the equipment used in the production of "A Prairie Home Companion"
◊ Audio-Technica AT4031, U855
◊ Crane Song STC-8
◊ Lexicon MPX 500
◊ Mackie SRM150
◊ Neumann KM184
◊ Shure KSM32, KSM9, SM57, SM58, SM86
◊ Tascam CD-O1U
◊ Tascam DV-RA1000
◊ TC Electronic M3000
◊ Worldcast APT Eclipse
◊ Yamaha PM1D
About the Fitzgerald Theater
Built in 1910, the Fitzgerald Theater holds the claim of being Saint Paul’s oldest surviving theater space. It was originally called the Sam S. Shubert Theater to honor the brother of entertainment-industry leader Lee and J. J. Shubert. It was patterned after the Maxine Elliot Theater in New York.
The first production staged at the theater “The Fourth Estate,” a Joseph Medill Patterson and Harriet Ford play about a reporter working for a major metropolitan newspaper who found himself in court fighting the influence of powerful advertisers. Opening night was Aug. 29, 1910. The theater was also extensively used to produce vaudeville productions.
When the theater opened, author F. Scott Fitzgerald lived in St. Paul and was about to celebrate his 14th birthday. Fitzgerald would later write “The Great Gatsby.”
Over time, the theater evolved with the times. In 1933 it was renovated to be a movie theater and renamed the World Theater. In 1981, Garrison Keillor brought “A Prairie Home Companion” to the World Theater. Keillor led the charge to rename the theater in honor of St. Paul native F. Scott Fitzgerald.
- more photos on page 5
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