We are going into tech this weekend and I think that it's going to be a really fun process. Our cast is very kind and willing to help out, which will make our choreographed transitions a little easier. Rehearsals were fun but after about a month of rehearsals I’m definitely ready to start tech and get this show open!
It’s been awhile since I’ve been an ASM, so it’s been interesting to step back into the ASM shoes and take control of backstage. The show is not prop heavy, so luckily I’ve had time to do my paperwork during rehearsal. I would have loved a little more time to play with formatting and experiment a little bit, but with the prop handoffs and set changes, there wasn’t quite enough time to play around. Plus, this show has a LOT of paper and a LOT of paper that is tossed about and thrown into the air so a decent amount of rehearsal is dedicated to tracking paper and picking up paper off the floor.
We are doing the show at CCPA, Coralville Center for the Performing Arts, which is a really cool venue about 15 minutes from school. They’ve got a huge fly system and a pretty big house, but literally zero space stage left. For the past few days we’ve been doing run throughs in the theater and while Bryon has been able to experiment with the lights, I’ve been experimenting with where all the furniture pieces need to be set. It’s been really great to have time on stage before tech getting used to where everything is and where our stuff needs to go. The extra time on stage is definitely a luxury.
Kathleen is my stage manager on this show and we’ve been having a ton of fun together! It’s enjoyable to be able to work all day with someone and then still want to hang out with them afterwards! Kathleen and I work great together because we are both very honest and she understands the ASM role and I understand her role so we can help each other out while also trusting each other to get the tasks done.
So far, I love working in opera and I hope to do it again sometime in the future!
By Rachel E. Winfield