Tuesday, November 15, 2005

We now return you to our regularly scheduled program

We have been experiencing technical difficulties. Do not adjust your set. This is only a test.

And speaking of tests, that was an 'interesting' month or so, in the vein of that old curse, "May you live in interesting times." Note to self: never stage manage two stage plays back-to-back. These are the choices that lead to nervous breakdowns.

And there were technical difficulties with the first show. Oh yes, there were. 70 cues into a 110-cue show, the headsets went dead. Luckily, it was only a loose connection backstage that was immediately identified by a quick-thinking assistant stage manager (ASM) and on we went. Another night, the same ASM's microphone connection dissolved into total static and she was reduced to communicating by flashing the call light once for 'no' and twice for 'yes.' And the light tech lost his mic connection for the last three shows.

The second show didn't suffer any technical difficulties and really only had a couple of glitches, the most notable being an errand costume piece that rolled away from an actor and out of the light and caused a few moments of concern. We quickly plotted a rescue mission over the headsets, but the piece was found before we needed to launch it.

But that's all in the past now. We had good houses for both shows and the audiences seemed to enjoy themselves. Only a month until auditions for the next show... arrrrgh!!!!!


Blogger merlinprincesse said...

WOW! Some problems you had! And I am facinated by the image of "The Indian" as we called it when I was young... When I see this it reminds me of some hollidays sitting in front of our B&W T.V., when I was a child... COOL!

November 17, 2005 at 12:50 p.m.  
Anonymous Ricardipus, encore said...

Hey, I didn't know you were a theatre type!

I used to be a lighting/sound monkey at one point. And I wrote some original music for a suite of Durang plays, most of which was ditched by the director, except one piece which she used over.and.over.and.over.

The plays were awful by the way.

P.S. Your cloud photo is amazing. Well done.

November 23, 2005 at 11:35 a.m.  

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