Super Bowl XLVI a once-in-a-lifetime gig for three Rockford stagehands
Online Staff Report
Three of Rockford’s most experienced professional stagehands headed off to Indianapolis last weekend to participate as crew members working Super Bowl XLVI between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. (Game time is 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 5, on NBC.)
Erik Myles, Rick Abrams and Michael Peterson — all members of Local 217 of IATSE (the national stagehands union) — are skilled craftsmen who work regularly at the Coronado Performing Arts Center, the BMO Harris Bank Center, the On the Waterfront Festival, Davis Park and other area venues. Almost always behind the scenes, they make concerts and performances come to life for Rockford audiences year-round, but the Super Bowl gives them a chance to work one of the most widely-viewed entertainment events in the world.
Myles, the principal stage electrician and lighting specialist at the Coronado, will be working “camera cable pickup” along the New England Patriots’ sideline, while Abrams and Peterson will be maneuvering light carts on the New York Giants’ side of the field. It’s unlikely any of them will turn up on camera or be seen by the millions of game-watchers world-wide, except perhaps by chance, but they’ll be there nonetheless, helping to make it all come together.
As one stagehand observed, “Whether it’s Broadway, country music, circus, rock ’n’ roll or the Super Bowl, it’s all show business to us.” And while none of Rockford’s own will be bringing home a Super Bowl ring, three hard-working local pros will likely return with memories for a lifetime.
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