Noising Off on Margaret Berg
by Larry LaVercombe, Linden-Hills.com
“Put the eyebrow light there,” she said, pointing. “And let’s put a blue painting there, to bring out the blue in the trim…” Before she can turn back to me, a young man with a cordless drill calls to her from the top of the heavy, two-level wooden structure that forms the center of the Noises Off set. He’s a recent college grad who majored in musical theater, and she directs him with the same calm focus with which she directed his acting in the annual main-stage Southwest musical six years ago.
Margaret Berg turns back and flashes her bright blue eyes and infectious smile – “You’ll keep it a secret how much I love doing this, right, Larry?”
It’s now been seven years since Berg has been teaching, producing and directing theater at Southwest, and three years since she took over the helm after Chris Fisher moved on to work on the north side.