Lights, Sound, Music, Show!

I love to sit in a darkened theater and work with a lighting designer to build subtle but powerful changes on the stage. I love the power of light to create depth, dimension, color and emotion.

I love tech, when all the hard work comes together, and all the individual bits and pieces become a piece of living art.

This show has taken a long time to get to this point. From the day I initially accepted the assignment to direct School House Rock! to my fears because this would be the first musical I ever directed. From my watching and re-watching the videos, to my brainstorming how to make this show come to life in a new and interesting way. What is normally a six-week rehearsal process, became a process that seemed interminable, extended by snow days and the evil confrontation with a softball coach from hell. While tonight should have been opening night it is, instead, the beginning of technical rehearsals, and a long weekend.

But that’s okay. I love tech. And, the additional week means that the show is going to be that much better.

Of course, I’ve also had to deal with: actors quitting  early on, actors quitting after 3 weeks of rehearsal, no theater major willing to stage manage, a stage manager who does not have a clue, the unexpected early departure of my softball players (so that the team could go shopping, see a movie, and waste more money on a hotel rather than leave early this morning), a performer who is down for the count this week because of severe migraines and vomiting, and a choreographer who was overextended.


But you know what, the show is going to be great! And, as I sat in the darkened theater yesterday watching the magic of lights build, I felt good about it. As I watched half of my cast put on an incredible performance during rehearsal last night, despite the missing people, I felt really good. As I watched the wonderful puppets that Nathan created (because I wanted puppets in this show) come to life, I felt great! As I listened to the powerful voices of my cast, I felt enriched.

One more week. The show opens next Friday. Look for production photos in a post next week!

But, as a teaser, here are is a preview of a puppet as it was being built. Virtual bonus points for the reader who guesses which song uses a rhinoceros puppet!

Any guesses which song this is for?


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. nathan010
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 13:15:57

    I know but I’m not telling.


  2. Leseley Simpson
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 13:49:06

    Lisa, Amanda and I just made plans to come next Friday to see the show. I have been looking forward to it and now after reading your blog I am getting even more excited!!! Hang in there. It will be great1 Leseley


  3. CMSmith
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 13:52:14

    My youngest son was a stage crew head. I loved supporting his efforts and being involved. It’s magic.


  4. vixter2010
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 14:00:27

    Sounds really fun, I hope it goes well for you, I’m sure they will make you proud! Anything with puppets is good 🙂


  5. Tori Nelson
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 14:13:46

    Nathan is a puppet-making master! So cool!
    You are a trooper, evident in this amazing show coming together despite the constant set backs. Can’t wait to hear more about it!


  6. tknologlvr
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 18:02:13

    Good luck…sounds amazing.


  7. thepetalpusher
    Feb 26, 2011 @ 15:52:23

    Rufus?? Can’t wait to see the photos. A lot of works goes into it, huh? Bet it’ll be great.


    • Lisa
      Feb 26, 2011 @ 16:45:46

      You win the prize. Sadly, now we might not be able to use the puppets because the person singing Rufus Xavier Sarsparilla just went into the hospital to have his appendix out. Aaaahhhh!


  8. TheIdiotSpeaketh
    Feb 26, 2011 @ 20:05:28

    Best wishes for a great show! 🙂


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