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Was That a Glitch, or am I Dreaming?

Posted by dgw

Hi, all. Here it is, the finished list of what was wrong with each performance of "A Christmas Carol" this year. I have categorized them by performance.

Thursday, 12/21:
Marley skipped many of his lines, the bed was quite misplaced, my costume change from a caroler/dancer into the Spirit of Christmas Present was too short, and Theresa missed a few light cues. "Touch my robe" began the "Streets of London" sound cue, but she was supposed to wait until Scrooge actually touched Present's robe. That, and she brought up too many lights after the scene change into Present. I wasn't supposed to be visible until I said something ("Scrooge!" perhaps?).

Friday, 12/22:
Kathryn couldn't change dresses for the Char Woman/Old Joe scene; Theresa still did the sound cue for "Streets of London" too early; Marley skipped lines again and repeated himself; the bed wasn't pushed far enough to stage right during "It Came Upon a Midnight Clear".

Saturday, 12/23:
Marley's scene was rushed; Scrooge missed his "Lo-lo-long past?" line, and therefore cut Past's "No, your past" line; Present yawned on stage; the lantern got kicked over during the scene with the Cratchits.

These are all the glitches I could remember. If I missed something, or included something that didn't happen, let me know in the comments.


"A Christmas-Caroling Performance"

Posted by dgw

Tonight was the first public performance of the Stagecoach Performance Company's version of "A Christmas Carol". It went off nearly problem-free. I'll detail the problems with each performance at a later date, but for now, suffice it to say it was OK for the first run. Expect a list of problems with each performance sometime next week.


"A Christmas-Caroling Rehearsal"

Posted by dgw

While I have never posted about my theater exploits in the past, I find it necessary to do so now. Just today, I began tech week for "A Christmas Carol". For those of you who do not know this term, it is the week, give or take a few days, preceding a play's performance run. During this week or so, performers spend long hours rehearsing and working out technical issues so the performance can be as perfect as possible. For more information, see the tech week article on Wikipedia.
This particular tech week is only three days, since performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. The first three days are the longest; six hours is the average length, though arrival times are flexible to accommodate school schedules.
Even with this flexibility, just half an hour of one of the first technical rehearsals can seem like two hours, especially if one is on stage running the same snippets of a scene over and over until it is perfect. That said, there is no substitute for the intense joy of knowing it is over at the end of the week. I look forward to that feeling. For now, I will try to keep busy during rehearsals; that often makes them go faster.