Matson has served as assistant director, working with lights and sounds, helped with costumes and makeup and even "stage-managed" shows, she said.
"I'm not an 'in front of people' person. That's my husband Jeff Matson. He's the director," Caitlin said. "Even at our wedding during the first dance he said, 'You're uncomfortable right now,' and I said, 'Yes, everyone is staring at me.'"
But for Latitude 41's latest production, "Lend Me a Tenor," which opens Sept. 21, Caitlin took a few steps closer to the spotlight by stepping up to produce this show.
"A lot of times it's our president, Al Pindell, who ends up producing the show," Caitlin said, adding that she offered to help this time because he "had a lot of lines to learn" for his role in the current show. "I said, 'Just give me direction and I'll run with it.'"
Caitlin said she contacted local businesses for advertising, scheduled two radio interviews, and sent out news releases to local media outlets. She also helped coordinate sets and costumes and to "make sure everyone is on the same page and it's all flowing toward the end result of being a good show," she said.
According to a news release from Latitude 41, "Lend Me a Tenor" is a comedy by Ken Ludwig and set in 1934. The story revolves around the great opera singer Tito Merelli (“Il Stupendo” to his fans) who arrives to sing the lead of “Otello” at the Cleveland Grand Opera House to a sold-out performance,
Unfortunately, Tito accidentally takes a double dose of tranquilizers, which forces the opera company’s assistant, Max, to take his place. To pull off a successful impersonation, Max must dodge co-stars, amorous fans and his own girlfriend, according to the release.
Directed by Jeff Matson, with Tamara Malebranche assisting, the cast includes Justin Colwell-Ongenae as Max, Teri Lopez as Maggie, Tom Schmitt as Saunders, Al Pindell as Tito, Tamara Malebranche as Maria, Tony Maccani as Bellhop, Holly Kilgore-Hogg as Diana and Sabra Rael as Julie. Costumes are by Katy Fyksen.
Caitlin said the cast only had 12 rehearsals before it went into dress rehearsal and was impressed at how quickly the actors memorized their parts.
"The show looks amazing," she said. "With always being on the back side of things, it was cool to see the other side and see how shows get off the ground."
Pictured is (front row) Teri Lopez, Justin Colwell-Ongenae, Al Pindell, Tamara Malebranche and (back row) Sabra Rael, Anthony Maccani, Tom Schmitt and Holly Kilgore-Hogg.