Tech week is the most exciting time at The Merc. It's when all the moving pieces and parts come together in the magic of theater and bring the show to its much-anticipated Opening Night. Cast members finalize acting notes from the director, costumes are fitted and tweaked, lighting and sound are incorporated with each scene, and last-minute touch-ups amend the sets. It's the busiest week of rehearsals, and honestly? Usually it looks like a tornado whipped its way through backstage at the end of Tech Week rehearsals. I think Will, our janitor, called it "disarray." But what might look like chaos is actually the team working together on all fronts to produce a terrific show. It takes full commitment from every individual, and remember, "There are no small parts..." especially at this point in production. Even the parents who drive the car pool are essential to the productive tech week that leads to the successful run of a show. Everyone is important and we can't thank all the troupers enough!
Then, somehow by Friday night, magic happens and Opening Night is here before we know it. All of the hard work culminates into the excitement of a live audience. I particularly love openings of our children's shows because of the joy that comes from watching a child grow through rehearsals, navigate nerves and performance anxiety, and then marvel at audience appreciation with the first round of enthusiastic applause. Children are frequently experiencing that emotional roller coaster for the first time in our kid's shows. Their excitement is contagious.
It's a very busy week, but by Friday we will be ready to entertain friends and relatives with our 2015 Children's Theater Production of As You Like It. Its' a comedy. Be ready to laugh. Come back this week if you've never seen or read the play. I will post a short synopsis by the director of the show, Rod Molzahn, so that you know what the plot is all about. Like all Shakespeare, it is rife with shenanigans, disguises, and people falling in and out of love, so we'll make sure to arm you with the outline.
See You at The Merc!