Hear how one Nashville sound designer got his start at the Virginia Samford Theatre

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Justin Walker returns to the sound booth as a professional, where he was once just learning the ropes as a high school student. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

When Toto pulls back the curtain at the Virginia Samford Theatre (VST), you won’t find the Wizard of Oz, but Justin Walker. Learn how the man behind the scenes and a Birmingham native became an integral component for shows in Nashville and beyond. Plus, hear why it was an honor to return to the theatre as a sound designer for Frozen Jr. and The Fantasticks.

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Former Virginia Samford Theatre student cast in “Dear Evan Hansen”

Former “Mean Girls” actor DeMarius Copes just landed his next big role. Photo via Tyler Gustin courtesy of DeMarius Copes

Birmingham’s next star is about to be born. Well, our next Hollywood star that is—DeMarius Copes has already graced the stages of Broadway. A Fairfield, AL native and former member of Virginia Samford Theatre’s STARS (Students Take A Role at the Samford) program, DeMarius was recently cast in Universal’s movie version of the Broadway smash Dear Evan Hansen.

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Go live with 7 Birmingham theaters + artists virtual shows

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UAB alumna Rachel Burttram Powers is bringing us professional theater from a tiny location. Photo via Tiny Theatre’s Facebook.

I’ve never missed the annoyance of someone unwrapping a mint in the middle of a monologue or a concert go-er two feet taller than me blocking my view more than I have now. While we wait for the return of live theater and music, Birmingham artists have been hard at work bringing the shows to us.

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