Whew, tech rehearsing is slow and tiring. We stop and start and then do it all over again in little bits and pieces, especially the technically complicated transitions between scenes. Things have to be a little different than in NY staging-wise because the stage is different. The set and lighting is so spectacular…and complicated…it didn’t win a Tony Award for nothing!
Out in the audience there are planks of wood stretched across the seats where computers and technicians work. From the stage we actors can see the glow of computers but that is all. We will get into a new position and be told to stand there while lights are changed…sometimes for 10 min at a stretch. We can’t hear anything, so don’t know what exactly anyone is doing. For all we know, they may have left the theater for a smoke or some such. We just stand there like good soldiers till we’re told to continue. I took off and put back on a costume 3-4 times cause we had to practice a quick change. I have 12 seconds to make the change and it is in the dark and Beethoven is exiting the stage with loads of props at the same time and we have to learn to do it without bumping into each other, tripping over the clothes I have to simply take off and drop on the floor.
This morning, a photographer from the L.A. Times took pictures that will appear when the paper does it’s review.
I am making a home away from home in my dressing room and that’s fun. Tulea likes it too and she really seems to like Lisa,the young woman who stays with her while I’m on stage and takes her out from time to time.
So far, we’ve been here for 8 hours and have 4 more to go. I am not complaining. Whenever I feel a ‘poor me’ coming on, I think about coal miners, assembly line workers and others who have far harder and less comfortable jobs and just feel grateful that I have a job.
When I read some of the stories that the commenters to “ASK JANE” send me, I feel very very grateful.