Welcome back to Behind the Curtain! On this post I will talk about show week for our passed musical Legally Blonde! So to start out, our shows were April 26, 27, and 28th. Show week was the week preceding those dates, so the 23rd-25th.
On Monday the 23rd, we ran the show with full costume and all technical elements including lavs, or microphones. Most everything went decently for running the show with every working piece. A big problem that I personally was running into was the fact that we did not have enough run crew members to help move all the large set pieces that we had. Our largest set pieces were the courtroom, hair affair, and Elle’s bedroom. These set pieces included 2 to 6 large pieces that needed several people needed to help with. We just did not have enough people to move all the set pieces on and off quick enough for each scene change. We had to problem solve by adding actors and other technicians to help out.
When we opened on Thursday nerves were high and everyone was panicking. 3 months of work was finally being showcased. Everything went amazing! (I am biased of course because of how proud I am of all the actors and technicians.) Despite the crazy set changes, multiple dogs backstage, numerous lighting cues and all the people backstage, we managed to put on a stellar opening night!
On the Friday night show, we ran into some issues of missed cues, sets breaking and not moving at the right time but we bounced back in the 2nd act and were able to still pull together a great night. Friday shows are always a harder show to put on because it’s in the middle of the other shows. It doesn’t have the opening night nerves and the closing night’s emotions.
The Saturday shows went…. Well I would be lying if I didn’t say they were extremely stressful. As some of you know, stage managers use headsets to communicate with each other and during photocall between the two Saturday shows one of the headsets broke. It was so extremely stressful because without a headset on one side of the stage it leaves me blind on one side. I was so upset and had no idea what to do. Luckily, with the help of the amazing directors, we were able to fix the headset just in time for the evening show. That show went amazing and I couldn’t have asked for a better closing night.
This show was such an experience for me and it truly humbled me in a way I will never forget. Everyone worked so extremely hard and it really showed in our final products.
Well until next time, I’m going off!