Allebach, 54, an interior designer, sang in the chorus in 1994, UAO's first season, became friends with founder
UAO has become more professional since the first production, Purcell's "Dido and Aeneas."
"It was a small group of people doing a lot of things with a very, very low budget," Allebach said. "It really had that sort of
He handled props for a couple of years and learned how much work there is. "It really takes time to find the simplest things. You have a big scavenger hunt to find them."
"Now we have folks to take care of those things," he observed, including costume and set designers and stage management. "We're not so out there on our own."
Allebach is stepping away from singing ("but never say never"). "Singing has been a big part of my life," he said. "I really want to keep that commitment going. There's fundraising, grants, capital campaigns. ... There's lots for volunteers to do."
He's always admired Schoonover's ability to draw out the singers. "It really makes me proud to see all this. I think the music was always good, but Scott continues to challenge people, and bring you to places you didn't think you could get, year after year."
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