Backstage at the Circle Square Cultural Center, residents see from a rock star's perspective

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- Very few know what it feels like to perform on a major stage, but a select few in Marion County Tuesday got a taste of what it's like to be a rock star.

The Circle Square Cultural Center took residents backstage to see how entertainers and employees prepare for a show.

With seating for more than 800 guests, the Circle Square Cultural Center attracts people from all over the country to see artists perform and a select few were able to see through the eyes of a rock star.

Residents got to see a different side of the Circle Square Cultural Center on Tuesday.

"The Backstage Tour is always special because it gives folks an insight into what goes on behind the stage,” said Events Manager at Circle Square Cultural Center Gary Pierre.

First participants got a crash course on how employees prepare for musical acts.

Then it was time to get an up-close and personal look.

Participants got to see everything from dressing rooms, to the loading dock, to the kitchen.

By the end of the tour, many in the group found it to be time well spent.

"It was much more detailed than I thought it was going to be. It gave me the chance to see the advances that have been made in lighting and sound, especially to see the changes they made to the backstage area, it was absolutely wonderful,” said On Top of the World Resident Barbara Adler.

The Circle Square Cultural Center often brings in major musical acts including, the band Kansas and Willie Nelson.

The venue also hosts weddings, expos, fundraising events, and more.