Sorry I haven't written anything in a few days, we've been going thru 12 hour a day tech reheasals and I haven't had access to a computer for any longer than to check my e-mail. Hopefully I'll have more time now.
Ummm...wow...We have gone thru three days of painstakingly slow, tech rehearsals. Sound, set changes, props, costumes and most importantly...lights. We all feel like we've been here two months and it hasn't been a week yet. But I'm sure when you see the show you'll appreciate all the hard work the tech people have done, I know I do.
We're in south-eastern Pennsylvania, in the beautiful town of York. Much history here. Very important place during the Revolution. The buildings are an interesting mix of Colonial, Victorian and early 20th century, with streets of tiny brownstones all in rows. Pretty. I have some pictures I'll put up. (Forgot my cable so I can't download my camera)They put us up in the Yorktowne Hotel right in the center of town. Very schwanky! It has a four diamond restaurant and a bar (yay!)
The theater is located on the campus of Penn State of York, at the Pullo Family Performing Arts Center. It's not within walking distance so our company hired two sixteen passenger vans to bring us to and from the theater. And guess who voluteered to drive one of the vans. The Pullo Center is a great facility, wonderful for doing the tech rehearsals in. It has an emense fly space and backstage area so the company can get used to how the show is going to load-in, set-up and load-out. It also has a nice coffee shop right there between the theater and the college library. Since we've been doing all day rehearsals they've also catered all the meals. Sweet! Although I'm finding out quickly that I'm going to have to watch how much I eat or I'm going to be busting out of my costume in about a month or two.
We had a preview/invited guest performance last night and everything went very well. Oh, there were a couple of "deer in the headlight" moments for me, but overall I was pretty pleased. The kids did great, it's always a pleasure to watch them, it's very hard work for them, but it looks like they enjoy it so much.
Well, this is it! Tonight is our first official show. Even though technically, it's called a "preview performance" I think most of us are treating it like it's opening night. It feels great to be at this point, everyone is very excited. And even though we break for Christmas, we're all looking to New Haven for the kickoff of the tour. See you soon at one of the shows I hope!
Be back soon