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Going behind the scenes at the Township Auditorium

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Aundrai Holloman started with the Township when he was 18 years old as a part time box office employee while attending school. Aundrai Holloman started with the Township when he was 18 years old as a part time box office employee while attending school.

By Eric Cirillo, Carolina News

The Columbia Township Auditorium has been a part of the Midlands' history for over 80 years, hosting entertainers over the years from James Brown to Prince to stand up comedian Daniel Tosh.

People flock to the box office to purchase tickets to see their favorite performers put on a show.

The Auditorium can sit 3,000 people for a show, but what is often lost on the fans is that the show actually starts hours, even days before the patrons arrive. 

Aundrai Holloman is the Executive Director of the Township and has worked there for over 30 years. He knows firsthand all the work that goes in to putting on a show. 

"When we have a show that is 7 or 8 o'clock in the evening, the show really starts at 7- 8 o'clock that morning," said Holloman.

Setting up for a show requires multiple work crews to ensure that everything goes according to plan. From the lights to the bathrooms, everything has to be in order. 

Anthony Smith is the Maintenance Supervisor for the Auditorium and says that sometimes certain work crew members don't want to do the work the right way. 

"Sometimes we get some people that don't want to do the work, so I just send them off and we get the job done," said Smith.  

Setting up for a show can take all day, and cleaning up after the show can take all night. 

"That can be easily a 6-7 hour job because you have to have the building re-set up and totally clean and ready to go for the next project," said Holloman. "That's the stuff that the everyday patron just doesn't realize." 

When it is all said and done not only do the fans get to enjoy the experience, but the staff can take pride in their hard work.

"It's the best job I've ever had," said Smith. 

To learn more visit their website www.thetownship.org. 

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