Time of the…Show.
(My first ever time as a lighting designer was for an original play about a couple of sperm trying to find an egg inside a vagina. I hadn’t seen the costumes for any of them, so I had no idea they were all dressed in white spandex.)
Fast forward to the Q-Q.
TD: I think this is a bit too red.
Me: They look like bloody tampons, don’t they?
Me: *into the headset* SM can we stop for a second? We need to fix the vagina lighting.
*Submitted by itsharbour
I like theater. I like that feeling of approaching the theater and standing in line before a show starts and showing my tickets to the usher and finding my seats and seeing the stage and experiencing that wonderful moment just before a show starts…that second of anticipation before the orchestra sounds the first notes and it all just comes crashing over you like a giant wave of happiness.
Soundproof Curtain, huh?
During high school, I stage managed South Pacific with no permanent set, so there were plenty of scenes that happened in front of the curtain while my lovely crew changed around the scenery behind the curtain.
For the longest time, we didn’t have our radios, so I would have to yell from the booth to my ASMs backstage to open and close the curtain. Literally I would scream “OPEN/CLOSE THE CURTAIN!!!” Two of my friends in the pit said I sound like Frau Farbissina from Austin Powers in this scene. To this day they still yell “LOWER THE GLOBE” at me.
*Submitted by razzberrie21
So I’ve been training up a Lighting replacement, and at the end of our shows run we had an interesting conversation over comms.
SM (me): Great, time for strike then.
Lighting Rookie: Time for stretch? What’s that?
SM: No strike. You don’t know what that is?
Lighting Rookie: … No … should I?
SM: We must protect the innocent.
Three years ago we did Forbidden Broadway at my school and during the Les Mis sequence at the end of the show the actors would get bored, so there was one part where the main drape was closed and they all went on stage and acted like idiots during that time. Imagine my fright as ASM when one night they almost didnt all make it back off stage in time.
Also, during “On My Phone” two of the actors choreographed a whole dance that they did in the wings at every show.
AND, for “Song’s too High” (Bring Him Home), for the high note at the end, one girl was supposed to sing it off stage, but by the last show everyone was hitting that note, including the boys.
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*Submitted by itsalorafail
Between scene changes, when the lights go down
And the crowd claps politely,
I do not think the claps belong only to the actors.
The claps belong to the sound crew getting the mics to work.
They belong to the light crew for hitting their marks perfectly.
They belong to the stage crew who are hurrying to change the set.
They belong to all the forgotten members who make the magic possible.