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bon voyage Clockwise: J.O. Davis, Todd Jared, Tony Mangini, Dave Compton. Dave Compton at the sound board. Hale Milgrim and Dave Compton, “Go to Hale”

Cheers to Dave Compton February 2018 marks the end of an era at the Lobero Theatre as longtime Stagehand, Monitor Engineer, and Assistant Technical Director, Dave Compton retires after the 2018 Santa Barbara International Film Festival wraps. Dave Compton first came to the Lobero stage in 1987 and has worked here regularly ever since. His seniority in the Stagehands’ union (Local 442) made him eligible to cherry-pick his work schedule among the four locally contracted Santa Barbara venues and special events at the Bacara and Ventura County Fair, among many others. But Dave chose to spend most of his stage time at the Lobero. His impact can be seen all over the theatre–from his initials carved into wet concrete back in the 1990’s, to the virtually endless list of items he custom-built for us, including mix desk tables, dance floor racks, riser dollies, dressing room shelving, lumber racks, step units, audio systems, lighting racks, stage hoist installations and more.

Dave’s real, lasting legacy is his competence and mastery of his craft as well as his affably unflappable nature. Stage crew work can be stressful at times due to a variety of factors, from balancing performer egos to navigating contract demands and time constraints, but Dave’s leadership has brought calm confidence to the most trying of circumstances. Dave and his wife Margie will move to Waleska, Georgia to be near their children. We thank him for every early morning and late night spent at the Lobero Theatre, and wish him a restful retirement filled with afternoon ball games and time with family.

The Lobero’s reputation for high quality work and appealing cast and crew conditions is largely due to Dave Compton’s 30 years of service.

In recent years Dave has specialized in being Monitor Engineer for nearly every band that has crossed this stage. While the Front of House Engineer mixes the band for the audience, it’s the Monitor Engineer’s responsibility to mix for the band–a daunting responsibility.

Todd A. Jared, Production Manager/Technical Director tjared@lobero.org

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