Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Hairspray tech rehearsals

It's that time once again. I am sitting here in my dressing room... and for the first time in a LONG time, I actually get my own. Thank you Equity Principal Contract! It is nice and cozy, and I can make it my own little man cave for the time I am at the auditorium. The show goes up in two days, and last night we had our first rehearsal with the band. They sound fantastic. I got some soundclips, so although I don't know if I can post them I will try at some point. In the meantime, I am waiting to hear that voice over the PA system to "Mic up!" Which basically means, sit and relax for another ten minutes or so until they call my name to come get my microphone.

Everyone seems very excited today, and I am suffering from a bad case of indigestion from a very late night dinner. No more Burger King french fries at 1am for me.

The tinkle of piano notes are coming through the pa system in my room, and it all is starting to become very very real that we actually open in two days. I am still somewhat shaky on a few of my lines, but only because the language of them is odd, and not something I am used to coming rolling off of my tongue.

Our lighting designer, Craig, was associate lighting designer for Wonderland on Broadway, and he gave me a copy of the video of the show last night. It looks like it was a lot of fun. I can understand why it didn't do well, but at least the lighting and technical effects were amazing. Book kind of stank, tho. Hmmm... a good thing to have in my back pocket for bargaining over wanted internet items.

Anyhow, I will write some more later as rehearsal progresses. We are in one of two "ten out of twelve's" which means a ten hour day which we work ten of them. Equity allows two of them in the production process of thie type of contract, and though it is a hellish schedule, it is so necessary to pull all of the technical elements together.

They are starting to call all the principals for mics now, so I need to get going. I will write more later and keep you all informed as to how this whole technical process happens!

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