"It's time to play the music,
It's time to light the lights ..."
DAY 138: The last show I directed ... the musical Into the Woods ... was a technical NIGHTMARE. Rotating trees, hundreds of light cues, sound effects, offstage microphones, special visual effects, costuming issues, you name it. Our Leading Lady is a DREAM compared to that show. Because of a big 90th birthday celebration at the theatre this coming weekend, we had to "tech" our show during the day today (that job is normally reserved for the weekend prior to opening).
I'm grateful to report that there were a total of only 34 light cues (that's a VERY VERY VERY small number for any stage production) and we were also able to set all the sound levels for between-scene music and ONE sound effect. Setting cues for Into the Woods took about 9 hours, if I remember correctly. Setting the light and sound cues for this show took only TWO ...