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April 10, 2011

Last day of production

Cast and Crew

Cast and Crew

   Well, this is it--the last day of the show.  There is always that feeling of "we made it" followed by the feeling "it's over".  Bitter-sweat.  The show today went smoothly, and afterward it was time to strike the set.  While we didn't have much for a set, there were a lot of lights to take care of.  I used just about every Fresnel we had, and move the strip lights around in order to get everything setup.  But I had several people helping me, so it moved along pretty good.
   After coming home, I counted up the number of light cues I had programmed into the board: 347.  I had guessed around 300, so I wasn't too far off.
   I'd like to thank the cast thank all of the cast for their patients, and adaptability during the initial light setup; and for putting up with my mistakes (particularly during dress rehearsal).  And I'd like to thank the crew for all the help, especially during strike.  Lastly, I'd like to thank Gene Biby for letting me work on an other show.  Thanks all of you!
   Pictured from left to right, back to front: Travis, Mary, Jared, Aaron, Amy, Alysha, Forest, Sam, Maureen, Phil, Que, Gene.

1 comment has been made.

From Matthew Tuescher

Janesville, Wi

April 19, 2011 at 4:26 AM

How come Codies not in the picture?

April 09, 2011

Night 3

   The third day of production, and we're all into the grove now.  Unlike in shows past, this show seems like it goes by pretty quickly.  I think it's because of how many light cues there are, and having to stay focused on the script the entire time makes the time go by faster.

April 08, 2011

Night two

   Night two of the production.  Things went very well in the booth.  Our sound guys have a good feel for their cues now (dress rehearsal was the first time they worked on the production).  Tonight the show was video tapes, and this meant the microphones were fed into a mixer downstairs.  I talked to the person doing the recording and we decided the best way to have things so that I could still hear in the booth was for him to give me two sends from his board, which we fed into ours.  Worked out well, and there were no problems with sound.

April 07, 2011

Opening Night

   Tonight was the opening night of the play.  Pictured is my view out the window in the light booth during one of the few scenes I don't have a huge number of light cues.  Things went better tonight.  For some reason I messed up a several cues last night.  But tonight things were a lot better.  Oddly, two people came up to the light booth during the show to ask me questions.  I couldn't even look up to see who they were, as I have to follow the script very closely in order to make sure cues happen correctly.  It was a little odd.

April 06, 2011

Dress Rehearsal

   Tonight was dress rehearsal of the play Unidentified Human Remains and the True Nature of Love.  I had moved to the light booth so we could run the show.  A common trick I use to help us hear what is going on is to use the house microphones.  They are fed into the sound board, and then using the headphone jack the sound is broadcast on an overhead speaker in the booth.  This lets us adjust volume to whatever we need, keeping the booth windows closed so we can talk without the audience hearing us.  In order to do this, we have to share the sound board with the sound effects and the house microphones.  Lucky for us, we have a 4 bus mixer + L&R.  So I put the sound effects on left and right (naturally) so it can be fed to the house speakers.  Then I put the house microphones on buses 1 and 2, and select those for output on the headphone jack.  The setup works really well.
   Pictured is a construction from my chemistry lab, C6H6 (Benzene).
   Plasma globe... I love these things.  I found to get a shot like your eye will see it, I had to have an shutter speed of about 1/80 of a second.  This required -4 F-stops and ISO 3200, but I got the shot I wanted.