Tuesday, January 6 - Countdown
It is our second day of technical rehearsals - and we are doing very well (knock wood). This evening we added costumes, wigs and makeup to the process- and our flock increased today by another 10 people in the theatre.
Backstage we have a wardrobe supervisor (Christine), two dressers (Jeffrey and Troy), and two hair & wig people (Susie and Christy). Out front watching, taking notes, and solving problems are our designer (Bob Morgan), costume director (Nancy), costume design assistant (Mary), wig designer (Jason), and his assistant (Rachel).
Since this is a countdown - I'm gonna count. It can be quite the crowd in the theatre during technical and dress rehearsals.
Sound has a crew of four - a designer (Drew), assistant (Darby), audio supervisor (Ben) and production engineer (Ken). Lighting has five - a designer (Frances), assistant (Aaron), master electrician (Mercedes), production electrician (Jenni), and followspot operator (Will).
In scenery we have the stage carpenter (Pat) backstage, and assistant scene designer (Cristina) and the technical director (Dan) out front. We have the props master (Kris) or her assistant (Justin) in the theatre with the props run head (Andrew) backstage. The charge scenic artist (Corey) stops in to get notes from the scene designer a couple of times a day.
The stage manager (Brandon) has a workstation out in the house, while the assistant stage manager (Leslie) and PA (Vanessa) are running the deck stage left and right.
The director (Nicky) wanders around the house checking out the action from different viewpoints, followed by the assistant director (Erick), and their assistant (Andrew). The producing director (Chris) or artistic associate (Bevin) are also there keeping an eye on the proceedings from the back of the House.
Yes - I'm there too.
Add to this the thirty cast members and understudies onstage, in the wings, out in the theatre and down in the greenroom and dressing rooms.
I'll send a free ticket voucher to the first person who takes the time to add it up and send me an email with the count. In any case - it's a lot of people. A lot of people who "put a lot of love, passion, skill and joy into what we do"*.
The Huntington Theatre Company's production of The Corn is Green, by Emlyn Williams, playing January 9 through February 8, 2009 at the Huntington's mainstage, the B.U. Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA. Buy tickets online or call our Box Office at 617 266-0800
*Thanks to Adam Thurman at Mission Paradox - who provided the words I was looking for to close this post.