Almost time to fill those seats for our benefit performances on Thursday and Friday! We had a great dress rehearsal last night and welcomed our full orchestra back into the mix. They will be traveling all the way to Nebraska with us, too! We are grateful for this talented group of musicians for the huge role they play in our production.
It is hard to believe that our cast and crew have been working on this show for nearly a year now. The cast began learning choreography for auditions last July and the creative team and crew has been working hard ever since. If you haven't experienced a production from the perspective of cast or crew, it is hard to imagine everything that goes into it and the magnitude of working parts that have to come together to form a seamless show. Here are a few unique perspectives of the production from the vantage point of the actors and crew.
Spoiler alert! Here is a perspective you will never get from the audience! A little theatre magic, good timing, and magnets go a long way...
Most of our audience members probably don't realize just how much is going on backstage during any given show. Our crew is constantly moving around backstage preparing for the many scenic shifts, not to mention our lighting and sound operators who's fingers rarely stop moving on their perspective control boards. Each shift in lighting and scenery is assigned a "cue number" which is called over wireless headsets by our Stage Manager to our lighting and floor crews. With a total of 319 lighting and deck cues in the show, everyone stays very busy. On top of that, our Sound Engineer is constantly turning body mics on and off throughout the show while also adjusting the sound balance in the house. There is a whole army backstage making it all happen!