Monday, June 12, 2006

Die Fledermaus...

... or "Like a Bat out of Hell"

Act II: The Underworld

Load-in of the Underworld set yesterday afternoon. It was so convincing that by mid-afternoon we had attracted a bat. He seemed very much at home, having flown into the dark theatre and escaped the bright sunshine outside.

My favorite part of all of this was in the rehearsal notes: "A bat flew into the barns in the afternoon. No real reason to report this other than to say that most of the shrieking came from boys."

I'm lapsing into mini-posts as things get busy. Two 14-hour days this weekend, what with technical and lighting rehearsals, chorus calls and orchestra readings. I indulged in 20 minutes of blog surfing this morning, catching up with what's happening in the rest of the world. Wish I had the time and energy to join in some of the exciting conversations about art, music, and life, but alas...

Sitzprobe tonight. A few hours to put aside worries about props and costumes, and remember what the opera sounds like. (And, for the tech staff, a blessed day in which to work without a rehearsal deadline looming at the end of it.) And, tomorrow, it all comes back together. Without the bat, of course. :)

1 comment:

Ann said...

My favorite part of all of this was in the rehearsal notes: "A bat flew into the barns in the afternoon. No real reason to report this other than to say that most of the shrieking came from boys."

perhaps my favorite part of stage management reports are the unexpected funny things that come out of them. Some of the best made quotes fall from the lips of the director or conductor (usually innocently) during a rehearsal.

Thanks for sharing that one; made me smile...

(Grendel is finally open and reviewed!)