Building a perfect role at WCT
By Jessica Messerer-Trosin
Laurie Harder is currently in his sixth season with Western Canada Theatre (WCT). He’s not an actor, but one of the many people who work behind the scenes to bring the productions to life.
Harder began at WCT when one of his friends suggested he try ushering. Shortly after that he started spending his time in the workshop.
With a background in construction, carpentry and furniture building, helping with set building was a perfect fit for him.
“There’s a sense of satisfaction when you get to sit out in the audience and go, ‘yeah, I had a hand in doing that. That’s my door,’” he said.
Depending on the intricacy of the props required for a show, Harder might spend up to four days per week working on pieces for the set.
Typically the pre-Christmas show has the most detailed set. These are his favourite projects to work on.
“They’re always a lot more involved,” he said.
Although he had no previous experience in theatre, woodworking has always been a part of Harder’s life.