All week I have been paranoid about forgetting lines or dance steps or just the order of scenes altogether. It’s made for many a sleepless night. However, since I don’t usually get that much sleep, I guess it didn’t feel like it’s impacted me that much. The only way that I know how stressed I have been is that after the final curtain was closed last night, I could feel the tension just fall right out of my shoulders and my back. And guess what…I remembered my lines, (give or take rearranging of the few words) and everything else. Well except for a second suitcase that I was supposed to bring out. Woops. After the show, the lobby was once again filled with smiling, happy faces. I had no qualms about telling those faces to let other faces know about the show. I was even surprised that they said they would be back to see it again!
A few of my coworkers were there too. I can’t believe that they spent their Friday night watching the show! I am forever grateful to the kindness and support that Yamagami’s Nursery has not only shown to me as a simple I-don’t-know-nothing-’bout-plantin’-no-gardens cashier but also to West Valley Light Opera and the show itself. Preston, the owner, while he is unintentionally intimidating, is such a great person to work for. The rest of the management staff is fabulous, and that just keeps going down the ladder to the rest of the employees. So Ms. Poli, thank you for the referral. I owe you big time!
But back to the show…
I know that I was harping on and on about having a brush up, which I still fully feel like we should have every week. Just to be safe. For the most part everything went smoothly, and for the times that didn’t… well it’s now preserved in the WVLO archives.
Most, if not all theatre companies record at least one performance of the production that they are working on. It is not something that is available for sale. They do this so that they have research material if they ever decide in the future that this show or that show is something they’d like to do again. Then they can see what everything looked like, how they changed the scenes, placement of the orchestra. They can see what worked well, and what can be changed. Things of that nature. It’s a great reference tool. I know when I worked for AMTSJ, I had to send the copies to an actual library that stored most professional productions. I am a little bummed that I can’t remember where that is. I want to say San Francisco, but I am not 100% sure.
While there may have been a few missteps or forgotten lines, the show can often times get away with it because a lot of the numbers take place in “rehearsal settings”. I just love to not only have a good time on stage, but for everyone else up there with me to have a good time too. That’s what make the show great, because then the audience has a good time with us. If you would like to have a good time with us, you can get your tickets by clicking HERE or by calling 408.268.3777. Tell’em Jery sent ya! Come and sing along!!
Here’s to some more good times!!