With three-show weekends (two shows on Saturday and one on Sunday) everyone spends a lot more time at the theater. I thought it might be fun to give you all a peek at a typical, Now. Here. This. work weekend.
After signing in, the cast hits the dressing room, where I found Jeff taking a snack break and Hunter getting hydrated, while Susan and Heidi were putting on their make-up. Later, Hugh (our sound guy) came in to mic everyone up.
By the time Martha (our Stage Manager) or Tom (our Assistant Stage Manager), call half hour, the green room becomes a pre-show chill zone, where the crew and band talk about books, movies, or run through their preshow checklists. Between conversations, you can hear Heidi, Susan, Hunter, and Jeff doing vocal warm-ups and running lines. When Martha calls five minutes, the green room clears out and everyone heads backstage, in the house, or up in the booth for show time.
After the first show, everyone scatters for the break. Break time is used to fuel up with a late lunch or early dinner,* take a nap, sit around and talk, play a game of Angry Birds, or get some fresh air. However, Susan and I prefer to spend the downtime getting the bejesus scared out of us by trying to watch this without closing our eyes — we’re on episode 9. Don’t tweet any spoilers or we will send The Pig Man after you.
About an hour or so before the second show, everyone comes back and the pre-show process starts all over again. We have a rocking N.H.T. family who are dedicated to making this show awesome six days a week. The photo in this post includes some of the people who make our show/make it run. They do everything from operate the spotlight and move the benches, cubes, and panels, to making sure the costumes look nice, the show sounds good, and, of course, write and act in our play. Working weekends with this group of people feels less like work and more like we’re putting on something fun with our friends. And really, that’s exactly what we’re doing.
*Chipotle should be the official food sponsor of Now. Here. This. I’m pretty sure we keep our local Chipotle in business.
We’ve learned a lot of fascinating science facts while working on N.H.T., but the ones that have always been the most challenging (for me, at least) to wrap my head around have to do with the size of the universe. Every night, I’ve listened to Roger Rees (who provides the voiceovers for our show) say: “the universe/over 150 billion trillion miles wide … ” Trying to process a size larger than a football field makes my brain begin to scramble. However, when Hunter sent us this link, it expanded my thinking without breaking my brain. Spoiler Alert: The site takes you from the size of a proton all the way out to the larger universe as it looked 12.7 billion light years ago. It’s pretty cool. And interactive. And great for procrastinating (not that we condone that behavior).
After that site, I fell down a Googling rabbit hole and stumbled upon this piece, which talks about how scientists have recently hit the +1 billion mark with star identification — they only have between 199-299 billion more to go! The picture above shows the Milky Way galaxy (where we live) and the white box isolates the area where those billion stars were identified.
All of this information got me thinking about what our vast universe runs on, what keeps it going. Energy? The Sun? Chaos? I’m pretty sure it’s this.
Hello NHT blog enjoyers. Please give a warm welcome to Ashley Van Buren. AVB is a beautiful writer and human being. We had the good fortune to pull her into our reindeer games as Assistant Director and doer of everything to help bring the show to life. She was excellent and will be writin’ and sharin’ her awesomeness her on the blog. Getintoit. And we need to step up this blog cause NHT is open y’all!
So we spent tonight reading through the latest draft of the show. It’s an exciting time.There are so many emotions when you first share words and songs in the air. It can sometimes feel like the pic above. New. Scary. Wide-eyed. But the awesome thing…it’s happening. Something is happening, and in NHTville, that’s always a good thing. I like seeing JB on the keys, and Larry on the others keys. And Susan reading and writing. And Michael B. doing the ‘rithmetic. And Heidi reading and singing. And new recruit Ashley keeping us all sane with her secret weapons. We are prepping for the first day of school on Monday to learn words, steps, and notes. We are picking out the perfect outfit. Getting lunch packed. And looking for pictures like this to post.Yes, it is a lot. But, we want to make a good show for you people, so we gotta do what we gotta do. Our job: good show. Yours: come see show. So grab them tix and we’ll be keeping you posted on all things NHT here and in the lands of Facebook and Twitter. Every happyscaryexcitinghappening moment.
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