Macbeth: Tech Week & Opening Weekend
As I mentioned a little while ago, my life has been consumed by rehearsals the past about two months (along with a few other crazy events I mentioned last week). Last week we made it to tech for Macbeth (just typing the name makes me shiver) and finally opened last Friday, June 2.
This show’s tech was an ordeal. Our first two nights of scheduled tech none of the tech was ready outside of most of the props (and even a few of those were still missing). So, no lights or sound to rehearse with. We did get costumes at least on the second night and rehearsed the run with blood (because you can’t have the Scottish play without blood). Night three of tech we were rained offstage–this performance is in an outdoor space by the way. So we all ended up huddled inside the banshell to do a line through of the show with sound, which was now ready for us.
Finally, on our fourth night of tech we were able to have a run with all tech–costumes, lights, sound, fights, blood. The only bit we didn’t have was dry ice for our witches cauldron–because what witch doesn’t want a smokey cauldron for her spells?
Final dress went well, no major worries, but also not so fantastic to worry. If you’re not aware, one of the theatre superstitions is a bad final dress means a great opening. So our final dress going well didn’t worry us about opening the next night.
Initially, we were worried opening weekend would rain out, but the weather decided to cooperate and we had a great time last weekend. No rain and it wasn’t unbearably hot either, thankfuly. The crowds each night were great; we even had the mayor of the city come to the second night with his family.
So, first weird thing to happen with this show: Friday after opening, I went out to chat with a friend who’d come to see the show, and a red fox wandered toward us from the parking lot. Now, we’re in a small park in the middle of a city–so we were a tad amazed and freaked. But he was just wandering around looking for food and didn’t bother us. I’ll be happy if that’s the oddest thing this show brings to us.
Currently, week two of performances is going well. I’m happy this run doesn’t include Sunday shows so I can have a real two day weekend again–it’s the little things. Definitly looking forward to strike though so I can get a semi-normal bedtime again, I’ve gotten too accustomed to eight hours it seems.
But auditions for another show are next week which I will be stage managing. That won’t be anywhere near as busy as this one though. But, I’ll have more on that later. ‘Till next time.