WICHITA — While the witches rest, an army of carpenters, electricians, riggers, haulers and sound engineers are transforming Century II into a "Wicked" wonderland.
The blockbuster musical kicks off a 24-show run in Wichita Wednesday night.
So this morning, hundreds of workers began unloading and assembling 16 trucks full of scenery, costumes and equipment.
"We've got 16 to 20 hours of labor getting the house ready ... so it can be a little overwhelming," said Justin Klynsma, head carpenter for the touring Broadway show.
"The pace is pretty fast, pretty crazy. But we'll get it all done."
The ceiling above the Concert Hall stage had to be reinforced with steel to hold the 8,000-pound proscenium — an elaborate technoscape of wheels and cogs overseen by a stunning metal dragon.
"Wicked," a Tony Award-winning musical, is the backstory of the witches of Oz — a tale of an unlikely friendship that develops between Elphaba, the future Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda, the Good Witch of the North.
The touring Broadway show opens Wednesday night and continues through Nov. 8. Tickets are available through WichitaTix at 316-219-4849 or www.wichitatix.com.