The Backstage

Prop Shop and Scene Shop

Our props are sometimes rented, with permission from the Artistic and Technical Directors Mikey Virts and Emily Elmlinger. First Technical Director Ben Sincell used to build sets at Garrett College where he taught theatre classes, and then transport them to OTT. Logistics have improved considerably, with the Scene Shop! Volunteers are needed to build and paint sets for most productions.

Our very own Dave Arnold runs the Prop and Scene Shops. If you have any questions, please email Dave at

Costume Shop

The Costume Shop, located on the second floor of The Backstage building at 105 E. Center Street in Oakland, offers costume rentals for all ages and a range of sizes. Options include traditional store-bought costumes as well as vintage clothing. The dry cleaner carousel is organized by time period. The sewing room is where we’d like to repair, restore, and create costumes, with help from volunteers.

The Costume Shop will reopen on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Stay tuned for more information!!