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Entertainment

Behind
SCeneS
By Mark
andErson

Jason Goedken

the

with the Sharon & the Studio
t h e at r e at t i e r r a d e l S o l

The Sharon L.
Morse Performing
Arts Center and
the Studio Theatre
at Tierra del Sol
are Villages icons.
Since it opened in 2015, The Sharon
has hosted Hollywood stars, international musicians and a large selection
of award-winning Broadway productions. People come from all over to
catch a show at The Sharon or the
Studio, enjoying whatever entertainment is planned for the evening.
Behind the scenes (and sometimes
participating in scenes), a large crew is
making sure everything runs smoothly.
Scheduling entertainers, building displays, finding new plays and theater
productions to bring to The Villages -
it all takes a lot of work.
Meet just a few of the directors and
managers working tirelessly to entertain Florida's Friendliest Hometown.

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APRIL 2018

Jason Goedken, Operations Manager
Q. What do you do as operations manager?
A. As operations manager I am responsible for oversight of the entire
mechanism. As a joke, I would say my job is going to meetings and
looking at spreadsheets, but in reality, I work a lot with the employees
to work on development and overall flow of workplace tasks. I create
budgets for the year as well as individual shows. I work with the artistic
division on season planning to determine what shows we want to bring
in that are new and fit our mission while also staying in budget.
Q. What are some highlights or favorite shows you've worked
on at The Sharon or elsewhere in The Villages?
A. I have enjoyed all of the productions that we do here at The Sharon
and the Studio. Some highlights would definitely be the opening of the
spaces and putting on our first productions. Our first big production at
The Sharon was "Million Dollar Quartet" and we were so new to the
venue and the audience that we really didn't know what to expect. The
reception was so great on that show and really made you feel like you
were doing something people really cared about and wanted to see. A
lot of the time the highlights you remember are the things that were
challenging and really that's what live theater is all about. The one
constant in the theater is that nothing will ever be the same. So, while
challenging and frustrating, the things I've learned are, to me, the
greatest highlight of what we do.



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