Today was tech. As an Equity company we're entitled to two "10 of 12s" - meaning we work 12 hour days with a 2 hour break. But Karla is such an efficient stage manager, I don't think we've used a full 12 hours since she's been with us (except for the musicals). The tech crew - designers, board operators and backstage crew - got there at 10. They had already had a "paper tech" Thurs. afternoon - that's when they went over the cues and the stage manager records all of them. She'll be in charge of telling the operators what to do when - in theatre lingo, she "calls the show."
The lighting and sound designers "showed me their wares." We tweaked things as needed - a softer light here, a shorter door bell sound, etc. The set guys used the time to paint. The actors came in around 12:30. (we're holding off on costumes til tomorrow and the paint is dry!). Then we did a cue-to-cue. The actors are asked to go to a certain part of the script where there's a light or sound cue - they often have to do the scene several times until the tech is just right. It can be very tedious - but is so necessary. This show doesn't have a lot of cues so we finished about 3:00. Took a short break - and ran the whole show with the technical elements added!
And, I must admit it was wonderful! And we still have a few more days to tweak things as needed! We were out by 6:00 - Yea Karla!
Still a few more scenic things to be done, but I feel confident we're on the right road.
And so it goes