March 1st was the last time I worked in the theater. And I’m going to get a little serious here, for a minute.
I miss the music. I miss my friend(s). No need to ask me. What I prefer. I choose the music.
Any Curtains fans reading? Anyone? For those not in the know…Curtains a musical. I made a musical reference in my serious post.
Anybut, I wish there was something that can be done. I wish there was some magic spell all the artists who are out of work could cast…pun intended.
Cause I guarantee, every artist is doing what needs to be done…but a small majority seems unable to put aside politics and their own egos to buck up, do what needs to be done, so we can ALL get back to work.
But that’s just my opinion…
>vomitting at the cliche line I typed<
And to add to this serious post:
Perhaps when we all get back to work, we can accept the truth that there is no reason casting has to be so…lacking in diversity. Historical accuracy be damned. If someone fits the role, they FIT THE ROLE! If we can suspend belief to accept people randomly breaking out into song and dance, I think we’re ready (and long overdue) to suspend our belief in other things as well.
31 Days of Holiday Memories!!
A show I worked on back in 2016. I stage managed this show in Oregon and it was a lot of fun.
All four boys flew out from New York to work the show and were extremely talented.
This was supposed to go up yesterday…
I went to see a show. It’s the first time in a loooong time I sat in the audience not backstage. The show was Something Rotten.
I knew people in it and working it. I saw a lot of people I knew in the audience.
And I forgot to post this yesterday to keep my record going. But here it is today.
After the show I went to a restaurant I’d never been to before. It was a Thai restaurant called Banana Bay. It was delicious and I ate Beef Panang. It was so good I ordered a second Beef Panang to go.
Anybut, Day 1 is a go. Only 137 more to go to catch back up.
Another show done…
The first show of the season is done. Another bittersweet closing. The cast was good, the crew (the three of us there were) were good, the show was good, and…well, that’s pretty much it.
It was good.
Tomorrow I continue what I’ve fallen behind on.
TO BE CONTINUED!!!! Not this. The things I’ve let fall behind.
My job is ending soon…
The reason I’ve fallen behind on my spooky drawings has been due to a ramp up of work.
The musical I’m working on closes this weekend and when I’m not there I’ve been helping to build and restore a second show.
September through early November is my busiest time. Then I get December and January off.
Just gotta make it through this show and whatever else the other show needs and then I get some rest.
The time has come once again…
Okay, maybe not once again for this blog, but once again in my LIFE for Christmas to come tooooooo early!
For some extra cash, I help repair, build, rejuvenate props for a Christmas touring show for another theater. I mean full on painting, making jump ropes out of tinsel, and wrapping presents for nearly two months.
The pay is good. For what it is and it gets me through November, December, and January (the theater company I work for is dark during those months).
But it’s a CHRISTMAS show that I’m prepping before Halloween is even within reach.
I’m already not so much a fan of the Christmas atmosphere (the only exception is OF COURSE Christmas at Disneyland cause that shit is fucking magical!).
Anybut, just gotta get through this show (rehearsals started Monday and we open two weeks from Friday…eek!) and Rudolph work and then I’ll get a small break.
Rehearsal Day 1…
The next show has begun. The actors double as the musicians and today was music day.
Which means there were a LOT of guitars in the room. 5 guitars being played, 3 sitting to the side. One bass guitar. 2 Mandolins. A violin. An accordion. A small drum set. A piano. AND a melodica.
So many instruments, but definitely a LOT of guitars.
They’re all amazeballs players! This show is going to be fun to listen to, but we’ll see how much fun it is to run…
Anybut, rehearsal day 1 in the BAG!!
P.S- I’m writing this as they’re rehearsing…but don’t tell my boss…who’s sitting right next to me…
UPDATE: There’s also a banjo.
Pre-rehearsal work is happening…
The next show I’m working on doesn’t officially start rehearsals for almost a week. But today I was back in the rehearsal hall…programming the turntable!
That’s right, they trust me to program that sucker! And we got 3 cues done!
Okay, I know that doesn’t sound impressive, but to be fair it was also a spacing and choreography pre-rehearsal. There were actors there (none of the ones cast in the show) so the director and choreographer could see the moving pieces with the turntable before the actual actors arrive.
It’s gonna be a fun show. It’s smaller, but sometimes the smaller shows are the more impressive ones.
Two days off…
Now that the show I’ve been working on for six weeks has closed…it’s been lonely.
I miss the cast. I miss the crew. I miss the show………BUT!! I don’t think I had another week in me.
This show wasn’t as bad as the last show I did. That show I was done after week 2 of performances. But there’s still a sense of “ready to move on”.
The next show is going to be smaller. The crew is going to be four or five people including me and the assistant stage manager (NOT including costumes and wigs). The cast is still a pretty good size….13, but there’s only one set with nothing moving….except for the floor (because it’s going to be on a turntable).
The more interesting thing (for me anybut) is the cast is almost all brand new faces, except for 2. Though it makes me a little nervous, too. The last time we did a show with mostly new faces……the actors almost got into fights every day….
ANYbut, I’m not going to think about that, but think about the next show in a positive light. I get a brief break before that show, about 3 weeks.
POSITIVITY SHALL BE MY MIDDLE NAME!!!!
I know it’s today….
The end of the show! Final performance!!
And this show was ready to be over. A few more pieces fell off props, timing was off, set moves were late or almost forgotten….
She (the show, the beast, the fantasy) is done.
Strike (for me) went quick with a few hiccups, but overall it was great. Out at 6:30pm.
There was an after party in the lobby….that moved to a hotel, but I didn’t partake. I’m not one for those kinds of things. I’ll see everyone again, plus I wouldn’t really feel part of it. This show, I feel, really was more of an ensemble show and they shared moments I don’t want to interfere with.
And, again, I’ll see most of them again. I’m not going anywhere.
But now I’m on a break until September when we start rehearsals for the next show.
I’ll still be posting every day until the 31st of August….and maybe beyond that…we shall see…