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.
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.
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.