Opening night! It is usually quite a stressful time for me. The long months of planning by the production team and the many, many hours of often tedious, detail-laden rehearsal are over. The orchestra has worked hard over the dress rehearsals to get everything together. At this point, my score is usually layered in pencil markings—noting repeats to be taken during complex scene changes, blocking details, and etc. As the crowd arrives and the house crew does their thing, I usually find myself in the pit, reviewing my responsibilities, contemplating what can happen. What if an important prop is not in its correct location? How efficient have the scene changes been? Where are the critical costume changes that might need…Read More
The beaming kids in Arabian shirts With messy veil-worn hair forget the too-tight shoes that hurt And the itchy socks they wear The lights burn bright on my smiling face The butterflies in my stomach do flips Looking into the crowd, my heart starts to race But my nervousness slowly slips The glasses glare from the guy in row c Is the only thing in sight From the great big mass of people in the theater tonight The notes from the night before are running through my mind and that plot twist in scene four gets the audience from behind Intermission comes and goes A game of mafia backstage Grandma's opening night rose Wilts. Showing how we've turned the page…Read More
In 2014, Little Mermaid Jr. was my first time as a Production Manager for MTVarts. I had seen it done before, had assisted others in the role, but this was my first time in the role myself. I knew enough about it that I knew I could fulfill the role, but was nervous about venturing out on my own. My favorite part of being the Production Manager for the artsIQ workshop and production is the 60 kids that need me to help, mold, and take care of them for 2.5 months. Those who know me know I love hugs already, kid hugs are fantastic! Bigger than that is the responsibility to teach, care and nurture these young minds with something…Read More
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