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Backstage at DPAC – An exclusive behind the scenes look at a hidden art gallery

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DURHAM, N.C. -

Witches, lions, and rock stars have all made their way to downtown Durham in recent years. Over the past seven seasons the Durham Performing Arts Center has hosted all kinds of theatrical and entertainment events. Each event has left a mark on the hearts and minds of attendees, but 9 On Your Side went behind the curtain to see where artist have left an actual mark on the theatre.

Some are just markings on the wall, autographs of different artist who have played the theatre over the years. However, when touring companies bring touring Broadway shows to the DPAC, the production crew has time to add a little more creative flair to the patches that line the walls of the backstage area.

Many of the patches are genuine hand painted works of art.

The company of Jersey Boys spent a good amount of time at the DPAC, but their production crew took up a good amount of space in their patch that is found in a stairway backstage. The artwork celebrating one the Four Season's hits ‘Big Girls Don't Cry'.

The multi-million dollar blockbuster ‘Wicked' has graced the DPAC stage twice. Their company already had a patch located near the principle cast member dressing rooms. When the second national tour came back to the triangle the production crew added to the mural adding monkeys and more.

The variety of colors and compositions wrap all around the stage. From the bright colors of the ‘HAIR' logo to the detailed sparkles from the ‘Beauty and the Beast' patch, each piece of art is unique and hand painted.  Some of the paintings add a three dimensional aspect. ‘Rock of Ages' left some unmentionable prop pieces and "The Addams Family" added an electric spark. Uncle Fester's painting even has a working light bulb.

The first Broadway show to play the DPAC stage was the Broadway tour of ‘Rent'. The show's patch backstage is covered with protective Plexiglas because it contains an actual piece from the show's set. The Broadway tour of rent featured several original cast members including Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp.

The Performing Art Center is anticipating adding several new patches this season. They are setting box office records with the blockbuster "The Book of Mormon" headlining their 2013-2014 season. Over 12,000 season tickets have already been sold.

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