Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Let There Be Light

I'm tired.

Last week I was asked if I'd run a spotlight for the Willy Wonka production. So I said I would. This week is tech week, the last week before opening where all the lighting, set, and prop issues are worked out. I've been attending mandatory rehearsals instead of relaxing at home watching the Bachelorette or some other silly summer TV show. Did I miss Better Off Ted last night or is that on tonight? Better check the DVR.

The balcony where the spotlights are is about two feet deep and maybe seven feet long and is accessible only by a rickety ladder. There are three lights and three of us operators crammed up there in the tiny space. Since the ladder will be removed during the performances, we're kinda stuck up there for the duration. Don't forget the hot air spewing out when the bulbs are on.

Despite the conditions, I'm having fun.

Last night we got headsets from the sound guy so we can talk with the director and other techies. I feel like Han Solo in Star Wars where he is in the Falcon shooting at Imperial fighters, except I'm shooting actors instead.

Performances will be at 2:00 and 8:00 on Saturday, and 2:00 on Sunday this weekend, and 8:00 on Friday, and 2:00 on Saturday and Sunday next weekend. My darling Fern will be starring in the role of Mrs. Bucket in the Saturday shows this weekend and I'm not sure which ones next weekend. 3120 Belair Dr, Bowie, MD, 20715.

Hope to see you there, you can wave to me in the balcony.


just me said...

We are coming on the 5th. Is that one of Fern's Mrs Bucket days? Will look for you in your perch :)

Anne said...

The understudy cast is scheduled to be the stars that day, so you'll miss Fern. :P

Anne said...

No, I double-checked, looks like the main cast is scheduled that day!

just me said...

Excellent. Looking forward to it!

AM Kingsfield said...

You are way cuter than Han Solo.