See what it takes to pull off Oprah's Favorite Things.
No one from the outside was allowed in—including cleaning crews. "We decided not to let any local Macon people in the auditorium so that we wouldn't blow the surprise, so we are literally cleaning the bathrooms ourselves," says senior associate producer Brian.
Twenty hours before the show, Oprah sees the elaborate stage for the first time. "One of my favorite things about our Favorite Things show is when we pull the presto change-o switcheroo from an historic Southern mansion to Christmas magic," Oprah says.
On Saturday morning, way before the crack of dawn, production designer Tara Denise and her crew rehearse to make sure their complex stage trick is actually going to work. "What makes it even more complex—if it's even possible—is that it's two sets. We've got to do one set to fake everybody out," Tara says. "This is so fun because the whole idea is to keep it a secret. Half the fun's over if it's not a surprise."