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Don Leroy Adcock

Born - February 23, 1960

Shenandoah, Iowa

Married -June 15, 2013

Essex, Page County, Iowa



Wife - Chris (Hansen) Adcock



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Backstage, the phantom of 'Phantom' toils

Don Adcock, who grew up in
Shenandoah, Iowa, works the scenery-moving machinery for "Phantom of the Opera," now playing in Omaha.

He's called the automation carpenter

But what Don Adcock does for the Broadway touring company of "Phantom of the Opera" doesn't involve hammers, saws or nails. He's one of two guys who operate the computers that control the show's scenery.
Perched 30 feet above stage left in an equipment rig, Adcock relies on infrared cameras that pierce the dark. "I can't really see what goes on down there," he explained.
You might wonder how a guy from Shenandoah, Iowa, ends up in a job like that.
For Adcock, who will turn 48 while in Omaha with "Phantom," it hasn't so much been a career path as one thing leading to the next.

After finishing high school in 1978, he joined the Air Force, where he studied

electronics. After the service, he got his degree in telecommunicative arts at Iowa State University. While in Ames, he was a sound technician for shows at the Maintenance Shop and a stagehand at the Fisher Theater, C.Y. Stevens Auditorium and Hilton Coliseum.
At the nearby Civic Center of Greater Des Moines, a sound man recognized Adcock's abilities, took a yearlong leave and handed Adcock his job.
While Adcock worked at Audio Visions Sound Co. in Omaha, jazzman Harry Connick Jr. came to town. Connick's people hired him to stage manage, a gig that lasted five years.
Work at the Civic Center and other professional networking helped him land jobs working on the movie "Twister"; doing advance automation for the musical "Miss Saigon"; and touring as head of sound for River dance, a six-year job.
Work contacts also led to "Phantom," a job he's had for a year. The touring company is performing at the Orpheum in Omaha through February 24.
"This job is completely different from sound, which is what I've mostly done," Adcock said. "With sound, I was out in the audience. Now I'm pigeonholed into a service truss."
But his dad was a mechanic, so he has a good aptitude for keeping things working.
Adcock, who is single, says married life would not mesh with his road job. He owns property near Essex, Iowa, so he's staying in his own home while "Phantom" plays here. His parents, Marvin and Jackie, and his 93-year-old grandmother, Hilda Adcock of Farragut, Iowa, will see the show while it's in Omaha.
"I'm beginning to ask myself about my path in the future," he said. "It's not getting any easier. Each time we change cities, we do two Sunday shows, then a 14-hour load-out, then hit the road, then do the load-in and rehearsal at the next city."
The moves are brutal, he said, but it's what he knows. Work has enabled him to see not only America but the world.
"And I still enjoy seeing an empty space turned into a show. Unloading those 18 semi trucks is like choreography."

Omaha World Herald




Brother - Dean Lavern Adcock

Born - July 29, 1961



Father - Marvin Leroy Adcock

Mother - Jackie Adcock






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