Hi again, everyone! Now, I’m pretty sure you all are dying to know how On the Town has been going. Well, I am absolutely thrilled to report that the first weekend of the show was fabulous with standing ovations every night! Opening night went extremely well, and the audience seemed to love the show. It was particularly special for me because my parents were in the audience! I only got to see them for a little bit after, since the crew was in the middle of clean-up, but they really enjoyed the show, and they may even come back to see other Muhlenberg productions with me. Another sweet touch was that Susan, our lighting designer, gave all of the crew gift cards to YoFresh, a local frozen yogurt shop, to celebrate our opening, which was totally unexpected and really generous of her. So all in all, opening night was a great start to the run!
Saturday night also went really well, but it was a little stressful since I forgot my run sheet in my dorm room. Now for those of you who don’t know what a run sheet is, it is basically a chart that tracks all the different set cues in the show and who does them. I use mine for reference and to keep track of what I’m doing, so it’s really hard for me to do a show without it. Luckily, everything went off without a hitch anyway, and when I wasn’t sure of something, I would just check with someone else to be totally sure. The audience Saturday night was even more excited than the night before, and they laughed at almost every joke. I had friends from my hall in the audience, and they loved it as well! After the show on Saturday, we had the Gala, which is basically a small reception with food to celebrate the show. We had awesome food, the mini tiramisu being my favorite, and it was nice to be able to take a short break. Also, some of the alumni who were in the 2003 production of On the Town came back to see the show. It just goes to show how supportive our alumni are and how fondly they recall their time here. I can only hope to be that supportive after I graduate.
On Sunday, we had a matinee, but it wasn’t just any old matinee! This performance was Open-Captioned and Audio Described, so people with auditory or visual disabilities could enjoy the show. Before the house opened, the audio describer gave a tactile tour. During the tactile tour, we passed around different important props, like Chip’s guidebook or the caveman club from the Museum scene, so the audience members who were visually disabled could get an idea of what they felt like and what they were for. I got to help showcase the props, and then the six principals introduced themselves so that patrons who wouldn’t be able to see the characters would be able to distinguish the different cast members by their voices. The show went well! It was really cool to see how excited the audience was to watch the show, even though some of them couldn’t exactly see or hear it. After the show you could tell that the cast and crew were very tired. When the crew finished cleaning up, the rest of the ASMs, some of the crew and I went to GQ for a well-deserved dinner. These past couple of days off have been nice, but I’m excited to get back to work tonight!
That’s all from me for now, but as a little treat (pun intended) I’ve included a picture or two from the gala. Happy belated Halloween!