Trinity Rep’s Prop Shop

See where the magic is laid to rest for a spell.

Photograph by Chris Vaccaro.

This massive, three-floor, 35,000-square-foot warehouse just off Route 10 in Providence is Trinity Repertory Company’s latest home for costumes and props. It contains all of the items — big and small; purchased and donated — needed to put on a professional show, from an unassuming assemblage of furniture to Scrooge’s iconic top hat as seen in A Christmas Carol through December. The warehouse is about 5,000 square feet smaller than Trinity Rep’s last space — the old Ann and Hope building in Cumberland. “Anything that was damaged and not worth keeping was thrown out,” says Michael Getz, Trinity Rep’s props master, who orchestrated the move in June. “I put some things aside for the Props Sale at the Annual Season Kick-Off Party [in September], and I donated some furniture and lighting fixtures to Habitat for Humanity.” Amanda Dowling Carney, the theater’s costume shop director, also culled her stash and donated items to Saver’s — “with some crazy nametags with our company members’ names in them,” she says. Everything else was repaired and stowed away, awaiting the day when it’s plucked from the shelf to take the stage once more.