A classically trained actor, he found his first brush with show business aged 15 as a stagehand at York Theatre Royal.
After the angel appears, they have to hand off its wings to a stagehand and run around to the wings to get onstage for the next dance.
Penning his first play at 15, he originally wanted to work as a stagehand before being persuaded to take an A level in drama and going on to study theatre at Manchester University.
Aged 12, she got a job as a stagehand at a New Hampshire repertory theatre and went on to study acting at the prestigious Julliard drama school.
Charlie is hired as a stagehand but naturally gets pressed into service as an actor as well.
At the scheduled start-up time roadies and stagehands were frantically darting about the stage carrying rolls of cable and other light and sound equipment.
Moreover, while the play unfolded, stagehands dressed in black (telling the audience that they were invisible) would add and remove furniture and similar objects.
With the support of the stagehands and actors, who refused to cross the picket lines, the walkout closed down 18 Broadway musicals.
What a tour de force in a theater hardly equipped to carry off this sort of repertory schedule: the stagehands must have a lot of sleepless nights!
Props don't glide in and out on tracks, they're carded on and off in dim light by stagehands and performers.