Meet the Staff: Michael Seel

by Kelsey Carthew

Over the course of my summer here, I have been getting to know the amazing staff here at Boston Court, and I figured that you lovely readers should get a chance to read some tidbits the staff shared with me. I have asked them all a few questions about themselves and their time here at Boston Court, and their responses will be posted by person.

Up first… Michael Seel!

Michael Seel; Executive Director, Boston Court Performing Arts Center

1. What has been your favorite show to work on or see here at Boston Court? Why?

 MS: Not fair! I have to say that every production here has brought me joy. And I’ve been involved with every single one since the beginning. If I had to choose one I think it would be PERA PALAS. The scope of Sinan Unel’s storytelling and Michael Michetti’s direction that wove so many characters over three different points in a place’s history made for beautiful, joyful theatre.

2. If you could be transported to any time period in history, which would you choose and why?

MS: I’ve always loved the big musicals of the 40s and 50s—both on stage and on film. So that would probably be it. I would have been one of those crazies that tried to be a hoofer in the movies. (Singing in the Rain is my favorite movie of all time). But, I love the direction the world is headed today—growing acceptance of everyone in the human race—makes me appreciate living in the here and now.

3. Tell me a funny story about something that happened here at Boston Court.

MS: Not sure how funny this is, but…it’s amusing: Our 2005 production of MEDEA was set in a modern-day catering kitchen of a hotel ballroom. Several months before the production, our director showed up on a Saturday morning, very excited. He was out shopping and saw a restaurant that was remodeling and had a used, 12’ stainless steel prep sink sitting in their parking lot which was several blocks from Boston Court. It was ours for free if we could haul it away that morning. We didn’t have a truck or anything big enough to load it into. The director convinced them to let us borrow some wheels that would fit on the legs of the sink. And then he and I rolled it across the intersection of Lake and Walnut to Mentor and down the street to the theatre. We got many strange looks, lots of horns honked at us, but we also got a great set piece for FREE! And when you run a non-profit theatre, we’ll do just about anything to get something for free.

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