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Showtime : meet the people behind the scenes

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"Find out about the "other" stars in show business."There are hundreds of people who make a live show worth seeing and remembering: the entertainers on stage, of course, but also many behind the scenes whose work ensures that the show will be a success.There's set designer Machiko Weston, who meticulously creates miniature three-dimensional sets that capture even the smallest detail of what the actual stage will look like.Ever wonder how performers lug their huge speaker systems, lights, lasers, etc., from one place to another? That's where long-haul trucker Ben Pinel comes in. In addition to driving a giant semi-trailer, he's responsible for a whole convoy of trucks that have to be loaded and unloaded as quickly as possible for each show.Readers will learn about other behind-the-scenes people in theater, dance, and concert performances. Costume designer, promoter, vocal coach, choreographer, security guard, and more: they all make sure that every show is the best one ever.

Kevin Sylvester is an award-winning illustrator, author, and a well-known broadcaster on CBC radio. His last book with Annick Press, Game Day, was nominated by the OLA for the Silver Birch Award. He lives with his family in Toronto.

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