Students get on-the-job training in 'the show before the show' (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Josh Long load-in

Crestview High School alumnus Josh Long — with green tape on his shoulder signifying he's part of the carpentry crew — controls the ropes to lower and raise drapery and equipment pipes at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.

BRIAN HUGHES/News Bulletin
Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 04:08 PM.

NICEVILLE — Crestview High School graduate Josh Long gets several dozen people's immediate attention when he calls out, "Pipe coming in!"

Long and Crestview resident Mike Patenaud can lower some often hefty equipment on the heads of unwary fellow stagehands at the Mattie Kelly Arts Center.

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"When you hear 'pipe coming in,' that's the most dangerous time to be on the stage," Northwest Florida State College theatre professor, actor, director and set designer Clint Mahle says.

Long, Patenaud and the rest of a combined student, local professional and traveling stagehand crew spent the morning of Nov. 12 loading in "The Addams Family," the most recent touring Broadway musical to play the venue.

Few audience members are aware that the choreographed performances they see in the theatre are preceded by a similarly choreographed and professional pre-show flurry of activity.

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