SUNDAY, JANUARY 18
A 1992 Bass School of Music graduate is tour manager for the new arena show "Walking With Dinosaurs."
Scott Ellis, a native of Stillwater who majored in violin and voice and Oklahoma City University, returns to Oklahoma as the tour plays the Ford Center through Jan. 25 and Tulsa's BOK Center for shows Jan. 28-Feb. 1.
Ellis' job with “Walking With Dinosaurs” involves details ranging from overseeing box office take to dealing with personnel to coordinating publicity. The event involves 65 workers traveling with 15 animatronic dinosaurs, requiring 26 semitrailer trucks to move.
Ellis' career trajectory has brought him to Europe, East and West Coasts, with dozens of stop in between. After graduation from OCU, Ellis accepted an internship at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., where he was assistant stage manager.
“I was working on ‘Das Barbecü,’ and it was picked up by New York investors and moved off-Broadway,” Ellis told the Stillwater NewsPress. “They asked if I would move with it, so I did. Three weeks in, they pulled the money. I was in New York with no job or money, so I worked temp jobs until I got my foot in the door.”
Persistence paid off as he became assistant company manager for a national tour of “Damn Yankees” with Jerry Lewis. That led to a job as company manager for “Grease” with Sally Struthers and Adrian Zmed and then a position as company manager for the first national tour of “Rent.” He spent a year with Cirque du Soleil in Europe and lived in San Francisco before returning to the road.
“Walking With Dinosaurs” shows in Oklahoma City are scheduled for 7 p.m. Jan. 21-23; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 24; and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Jan. 25. Tickets are available at (405) 235-8288 or www.okfordcenter.com.