I didn’t get around to posting this last night because I had other things to do (like take apart an iMac again to put in two screws that I forgot before). We took this photo after the doing the shows in the cold theatre with the heat off for the past three days:
I am happy to report that the opening night of “Touch(ed)” here at PTC was a great success. Despite all the craziness of the past few days I think that the cast and crew of the show deserve a hearty congratulations and so does playwright Bess Whol on the premier production of her new play. The audience was very responsive last night despite the plunging temperatures in the theatre due to the fact that the heat had been off for over two days due to a burst steam pipe on campus. I have been told that six buildings on campus are without heat until Sunday at the earliest, and we have heard on good authority that it may take until Tuesday to be back up and heating. So even our audience deserve a round of applause for sticking it out through the cold!
The show is an amazing piece of work and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something to see over the next two weeks. There are plenty of tickets available and we are happy to fill more seats! The show, as I mentioned in my last post, tells the story of two sisters, one diagnosed with schizophrenia and the other, younger sister, trying to care for her and get her out of the hospital and back into society. It is a very moving show with many light-hearted sections that have made our audiences, laugh, clap, and “awww.” In my personal opinion, this is a show that I would come to see multiple times if I were not working it! There are so many nuances in the text that I keep picking up new ones every performance. Continue reading
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Today is the preview night for our production of “Touch(ed),” a brand new play by Bess Wohl. It is a great show and for anyone in the SLC area I would very much recommend that you come see the show. It is a very moving story about two sisters, one who has been in a psychiatric hospital and the other hoping for her recovery.
I have been pretty happy working on this show and it has been interesting, but it certainly has not been a cakewalk show from my end (lighting). This is the first time that I have worked with lighting designer Phil Monat outside of a large musical. The last three shows we did together were the season openers, so huge productions. This was supposed to be a small one, but I should have known better…
We finally finished hang today, after Phil called me to tell me that he just had to add one more light. One more light? That has been the story of my week. I understand when the director and playwright change the show around and scenes are not played where they used to be or new content is added. I understand adding fixtures for that, but for things that were on the groundplan originally, one would think that you could figure out how everything worked (like shots around legs).
On top of everything I have not been feeling great over the last couple days. I have had a head cold and just felt generally crappy. I am sure that contributed a lot to my not being happy about all the extra work that I have had to do on this show. I am finally starting to feel better, but my nose is still stuffed up and I am really tired. I think that my general bad humor over the past days has rubbed off and I don’t think that it makes Ruth happy, but I don’t mean to be so grumpy. It is just hard to not be grumpy when you are sick and tired (literally). I have been sucking down DayQuil and Airborne and as much liquids as I can drink. I just hope that I feel better by the time my parents get to town. I have to lead services at temple on Saturday morning , so it would be nice to be able to breathe again!
Apparently I am not the only one who is not feeling well today though. Our two female leads were not in great shape prior to curtain tonight. We know that at least one of them was puking and the other was feeling nauseous. So we have the barf buckets out backstage and the understudies waiting in the wings. It has just been a rather ominous start to the run of this show. We had issues with the house lights not going out last night during the invited audience performance, and we had issues with worklights being left on tonight. We just can’t seem to win.
On the upshot, my photos from last night came out great. Thanks to Nikon for conveniently releasing a new firmware update for my camera that seems to have made it work so much better. If you are interested in seeing the photos from last night you can find them at http://www.ptcphotocall.com
So, despite everything the show is really amazing and worth coming to see. I think that now that we are open I will feel a lot better.
So I finally got around to formatting and posting the article that I wrote about shooting production stills for theatre. Turns out that the wordpress platform has provided me with a great way to publish the article. I plan to also publish it on the ControlBooth.com Wiki, but I am still waiting to hear back from DVSDave and his editor friend before posting.
I grew tired of waiting and I think that the article is beneficial in its current state so I posted it myself. I welcome any comments, critiques, or any other feedback that anyone has as I would like to make this into a useful resource.
Just a few other notes, I wrote the article while working on a show and I did the formatting and posting while in tech for another show, so if there are parts that are a little rough around the edges, let me now and pleas don’t hold it against me!