Sounds simple huh?

November 17, 2009

JOYIA FITCH, Community Ensemble Participant

Start. Stop. Start. Stop. Start. Stop. I think this will be the pattern for the next few days. Stage left? Stage right? Up stage or down stage? Start SL. On after desk 2, behind chair 1 (Alison’s), walk down SR, TV on mark, a tiny white tape corner edge. Off SR. Will pick up TV on chorus’ second entrance, merging with them, navigate way through them. Off SR. Then to USL. In back line USR between Zoe & Amy. Move DS through chorus. Sounds simple huh?

A shiny mirrored floor & big blinding lights in the wings. High, high black racks, layers going high and deep back. Can’t see the ceiling. Beautiful gold floating at the overture, setting the scene. Cue, move, watch and hear. Energies running high. Finally entering through the “Stage Door”. Dressing rooms found at the top of windy staircases, this building is a total rabbit warren. Costumes worn, stage journeys handed out & discussed. Meeting stage managers, chaperones, prop guys & stage hands. A guy on a walkie-talkie with a fire extinguisher. Lots of people on Madonna-mic-like headgear. We’re all a bit overwhelmed by the sheer size of it to be honest.

We run the entire first Act, we’re pretty unsure of where we were supposed to be most of the time. Totally thrown in at the deep end. Maybe that’s the best way as we had to stay on our toes. Tiptoes that is as it’s silence backstage. Reminds me a bit of organised chaos, but there’re smiles all around, we’re just finding our feet, it’s OK. Gone are the safe white rehearsal rooms of the Lillian Baylis. We’re now in the huge black box & we’ve got to get on with it.

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