Show #3 opened tonight.
The cow was white as milk.
The cape was red as blood.
The hair was yellow as corn.
The slippers were pure as gold.
And the show was good. Not great. But in the end it came together and I think it’s an above average production. The audience tonight really seemed to like it. They laughed in all the right places and were blown away by a couple of moments in the show.
The lighting is okay. I watched from the house tonight. Which means that I sat in the audience just like everyone else and experienced the show. And nothing makes you realize what needs to be fixed in the show than having an audience with you. Suddenly all the flaws are there for the world to see and for the first time you see them. That’s how I felt tonight. The lighting is pretty. But some of the timings are off. And there are a couple of scenes that the actors faces are in shadow so much that you can’t see them. And there are several songs that need to have cues added to them because musically/emotionally the songs change and need changes.
I don’t feel bad about the lighting. I doubt very seriously if the best NYC Broadway designer could have done a better job. I was given three seconds to do my job. In those three seconds I wrote 300 light cues for a three hour musical. And sure I got some things wrong. But I did a lot right. And at the end of the day I think the only people who would realize that there’s a problem is another lighting designer. Everyone I’ve spoken to, thinks the lighting is what saved the show. I don’t know if that’s true, but I do know it’s okay.
We had our opening night party tonight. You know, the one where the crew gets shunned to the back table, if there’s even a table provided for them. Well tonight, I left the theatre as soon as the show was over and I got to the restaurant and I commandeered the one table everyone else likes. I reserved ten chairs and ordered a beer and waited. And as people came in and tried to sit at my table I told them sorry, these chairs are reserved. No I’m not kidding. These chairs are reserved. Yes, I’m being serious. A couple of people got snippy about it, but I was all prepared with my speech if someone really gave me a hard time. I think the person who was the most annoyed was “The Director”, because it just so happens that it’s the table that he usually sits at. But he got over it. One of the actors that I love, made some snarky comment, jokingly about it, and I told her that if anyone really had a problem with the crew sitting up front and center then I would recommend to the crew that they stay home tomorrow for the matinee and see just how important the actors are with out sets, costumes or lights. I think I made my point.
All of the crew tonight before the show opened, got cards from “The Director” thanking them and promising to buy their first beer tonight at the bar. It was a small gesture but it went a long way with the crew. And so we had a good time and laughed and teased each other and eventually the evening ended. And the crew got their checks to pay for their food. And none of their drinks were paid for. And there were no excuses made. And the crew paid, and tipped and we all came home. And I think they’ve all decided to give their cards back to him tomorrow, to make a point.
I hope they do. He didn’t have to promise to buy their drinks. But once he did he should have been bound to do so. At least in my opinion. But what do I know? I’m just the lighting designer.