Stage Props are the devil

Today we had another two performances of Romeo and Juliet.  The morning was rough again, but this time it was all technical problems.  Both of our prop guns refused to fire.  Somehow, they both died at the same time.  That was fantastic. (sarcasm, for those of you who missed it)  It then went downhill from there.  Scene changes went awry, sound effects were off, sound cues were missed, the lighting operator jumped a cue…  This all overshadowed a decent performance from the actors…which was too bad.  It’s one reason I often try to simplify anything technical.  I never want the technical side to become more important than the acting side.  But…this morning it was.

On the other hand, the cast really came together for the afternoon performance.  We were playing to a nearly sold out crowd and they must have really fed off of the energy because it was the best performance to date.  In fact, I’m actually quite pleased with it.  I’m tempted to actually dole out some praise after the show…

I am the language lover and these are my thoughts.

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