It’s very strange sitting in the house before closing night. Actors aren’t here yet, crew members aren’t here yet, the orchestra isn’t here yet, audience isn’t here yet… In less than two hours the house will go to half… In less than five hours actors will take their final bows… In less than eight hours the set will be torn down, the lights will be pulled, the mics will be returned, the lobby will be empty. Physically, it will be like nothing ever happened.
Why is spike tape always pulling up during rehearsal, but as soon as the show closes it’s glued to the floor?
Guys I miss theatre so much
plus they just demolished the first theatre i got to work in at college. but cause i am currently not doing any theatre please tell me all about your fun theatre experiences and things. i want to live vicariously through you all
Setting: A high school theater tech weekend.
Director: All right! We still have lots to do, but we need to eat lunch! Actors, if you’re not doing anything, go ahead and eat!
A few minutes later.
Director: OK, all the actors can go eat. And I guess you guys who are painting can go ahead and take a break.
A couple more minutes
Director: Great! Everyone but (lighting designer), (sound designer), (stage manager) and (assistant stage manager), go get lunch! You have 20 minutes!
A few more minutes
Director: Oh, I guess you guys have to eat too. Umm…go ahead and see if there’s any food left. You have 5 minutes.
Stage Manager: They’ve already let people get seconds. There’s not going to be anything but very sad lettuce left.
LD: But we got so much done! It was a very productive break.
*Submitted by Anonymous
This is so true I appreciate those breaks so much cause we can get shit done without people nosing in on our business or being in the way or just in general being distracting. I used to go out and grab my food first though and then just leave in the green room fridge until I had time to eat.
okay guys REAL TALK
who has ever had a showmance?! with another techie/op, an actor, any person involved in the same production as you!
I would LOVE to hear all of your stories. Whether embarrassing, painful or successful, leave them below!!
go go go
Boyfriend is a result of a very delayed showmance I guess? We flirted a lot during the production and we finally started dating the day before we closed. I was always the one that put his mic on and I ended up taking all of his costume measurements as well. Lots of “subtle” flirting (;
i love theatre because there is literally something for everyone to do
you can build, you can design, you can create, you can act, you can sing, you can manage, you can make silly props, you can make super neat props, you can set the whole scene with just a few lights, you can tell a story with just the set, you can convey personalities with costumes, you can make someone cry or laugh or want to yell with just your voice and actions, you can be the overseer of all, you can add ambience through sounds and music, but most importantly you get the opportunity to convey a message to a group of people that just might change their lives.