Larry, wearing a plaid shirt and a smile and sipping on his mid-day root beer, exudes the persona of a laid back guy who knows what he’s doing and loves his job.
As Master Carpenter, Larry’s job is to handle most of the finish carpentry, some odd projects, and he creates doors, windows, and moldings, he said.
Recently, Larry made the fireplace for Educating Rita, which he said was a lot of fun.
|Larry's fireplace in the Huntington's "Educating Rita" 2011|
Larry said he also enjoyed making the double swinging doors for the main entrance and had fun creating all the windows for Bus Stop.
|The Huntington's "Bus Stop" - 2010|
|The Huntington's "Vengeance is the Lord's" 2010|
“I work on totally different pieces from one show to the next because the designs are always so different. But for most shows there is always some little aspect that I get to work on and have fun with,” he said.
Larry has been working for the Huntington Theatre for 18 years. Even as a kid in St. Louis, he loved to build things.
“I did theatre in high school and college, but that didn’t do it as a job after that. Then 18 years ago, a friend of mine who was working here told me they needed extra help.”
|Larry's city of domed rooftops for the Huntington's "Blue Demon" 2003|
“I moved up here with my band, The Common Ailments of Maturity. We were going to become rich and famous,” he said, smirking.
So whether it’s doors, windows or drumsticks, Larry Dersch knows how to use his hands.