And Then There Were… Kaboom

Opening night was last night. The picture says it all. One of the best things I can say about it is that it is over. I’m sure that from the audience’s point of view it was probably not a half bad show. But from backstage, there were not many more things that could have gone wrong.

About 10 minutes into the first act, one the lights blew. It wouldn’t have been that bad except that same light exploded the previous night during dress rehearsal. Then during the middle of act one, when all of us are denying the accusations against us, a nearby fireworks show started going off. Every 15 to 30 seconds for about 10 minutes it sounded like someone was banging a large object on the walls and roof of the theatre. The fireworks finale was particularly distracting.

At the blackout between acts one and two, one of the performers that was supposed to be on stage realized she had left a costume piece in the dressing and went retrieve it. A miscommunication between the lighting person and the stage manager caused the lights come up without that person on stage. That caused several minutes of random dialogue and awkward pauses on stage before everything got back on track. And the final straw was the stage gun, which worked flawlessly through all of the rehearsals, misfired three times at the end of the show.

On a happier note, Kristi came and took pictures at dress rehearsal. She got a lot of nice shots. You can see them here at my Flickr site.


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