The Rehearsal

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Artist: Stephen Batura

Date: 2025

Location: Ellie Caulkins Opera House, lobby's west wall over bar

Collection: Public Art

Artwork Type: Mural

Material: Acrylic Paint

Description: For Rehearsal, the artist Stephen Batura's task was to create a mural that would provide an appropriate transition from the lobby of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House to the performance space. His first objective was to portray the range of activities that might go on in advance of a grand night of opera. Ultimately, the artist selected each person and detail from hundreds of films, old photographs, paintings, illustrations, as well as new photographs of stage workers, friends, family and arts patrons. His second objective was for the mural to be as interesting from two hundred feet as from twenty. To meet this objective, the artist’s solution was to use a familiar four part image of a theater curtain, stage, orchestra pit and audience seating, and then give it a beehive-like quality.