March 27, 2020

Backstage at the Egyptian: Box Office Manager Nora Reeves

Interview conducted by Gabe Bueno

Gabe: How long have you lived in the Dekalb county area?  

Nora: I moved to DeKalb in 1983 for my job at NIU. I was Assistant Manager at the University Bookstore for 30 years.


G: Why did you decide to work at the Egyptian Theatre?

N: A friend told me about the job opening for box office manager.

I have always been in love with the Egyptian Theatre building. It combined my love of old Hollywood and Art Deco architecture.

I was involved with Stage Coach Players for many years. I had handled Season Ticket Holder orders and sold tickets during the season. I was retired and the hours were perfect for me. And I live about 2 blocks away.


G: When did you start working at the Eygptian?

N: I believe that I have been working for 10 years now. So many things have changed over the years. I enjoy the job because there is never a dull moment. Every weekend it’s another opening night with all the nerves and energy.


G: Did you have any prior theatre experience? Such as performing in plays if so what were those plays? 

N: I have been involved in some type of theatre for most of life. My family will tell you that I have always been a drama queen. I have done all things both onstage and backstage. Love it all! I have found at times there is a better show going on backstage than on the stage!

When you get involved in a show a bunch of strangers all come together. And when the show closes you have made life long friendships. 

I have done many plays including Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, Bythe Spirit, Heidi Chronicles, Man of LaMancha, and Lend Me a Tenor.

My favorite thing is being a Stage Manager. I have always wanted to direct a show.


G: What has been one of your favorite memories at the Egyptian? 

N: My favorite memory is performing in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat on the stage. This a Stage Coach Players production. I was cast in the role pf Mrs.Potiphar. And I recently learned that our own Jeanine Holcomb was in the cast!


G: Have you been able to see any shows at the theatre? 

N: I usually see some of each show. One of my favorite recent shows is Piff the Magic Dragon. I totally fell in love with Mr. Piffles!

All the dance recitals are amazing! 

My three little granddaughters perform with Dance Dimensions.

My granddaughter Lily came to see the Russian Ballet this fall. She will never forget her first ballet!


G: What impact has the Eygptian Theatre had on your life? 

N: I look so forward to each event. I enjoy working with our patrons. I feel like we are a big family. Including all of our fabulous volunteers. I have learned to relax and breathe.

The show must go on!


G: Do you tell friends and family about your place of work and promotions?

N: Yes I feel like an Ambassador to the Egyptian Theatre. One of my favorite things to do is give tours. So much history. If walls could talk! I am proud of all the changes that have happened. I am pleased to be a part of the story. 


G: If you could add your own personal remodel to the Eygptian Theatre what would you add and why?

N: I would make the Box Office larger with more ticket windows and storage. We are getting better with additional staff members. I want the experience of attending a show to start when they walk in the door. Standing in lines can be very frustrating.

I would also like to have a Gift Shop included. Everybody needs a coffee mug or t-shirt!