The backstage area also has carpentry space, which allows the tours to build or rebuild sets and tweak them as needed. And, there is ample parking for the tractor-trailers and buses that accompany a tour.
The cast and crew aren’t always the only ones learning during technical rehearsals. The children’s show “Barbie Live” provided a surprise learning experience for Penn State students, as engineering majors met people who designed sets and harnesses and learned how Barbie could fly safely on stage.
“It gives students the opportunity to see how everything is produced and how what their learning in the classroom can apply to the world they’re going into after college,” Tina says.
Sometimes, a meet-and-greet – like with the cast of “Rent” – gives students some unexpected lessons, too.
Even after the touring groups pack up and hit the road, they leave a fond farewell at The Pullo Center with their own unique mark – a signature of their presence spray-painted on the wall behind the stage.
“It’s one of our favorite things to show people when touring the theatre,” Tina says.
Economic boost to York County
That impact goes beyond the walls of The Pullo Center.
When technical rehearsals are in town for weeks at a time, cast and crew need a home away from home. Heritage Hills Golf Resort is the center’s preferred host for tours and acts brought to town.
Heritage Hills benefits not only from the lodging business but also provides food, golf, spa treatments and entertainment.
“Anyone who stays with us through The Pullo Center gets to take advantage of the amenities and also gets discounts,” says Danielle Jordan, corporate and association sales manager at Heritage Hospitality. “We want our guests to view us as a second home and not just a hotel.”