This coming Sunday sees the official start of Stage Experience, but for my team in the Production office it began several months ago – planning, organising, sorting through all the admin and ensuring everything will go smoothly over the next couple of weeks. However, the last fortnight has certainly seen the chaos go up a level or ten, and behind-the-scenes is now a manic hive of activity!
Over the last week, Gill and I have been busy washing over 100 bits and pieces of costume, ready to be distributed among the cast (see the pics of Wardrobe!). We’ve picked up 16 mission band suits and are currently scratching our heads to work out how to make hats to go with them. The supplies for Tuck Shop have been ordered and will be delivered tomorrow (and I’ve made sure I know exactly how many boxes there are so that none of the theatre staff can sneak themselves a treat), and we’ve got stationary all piled up and ready to go. Christina is busy collating biographies and editorial for the show programme (if you have a principal role and haven’t sent yours in, DO IT NOW) and Gill is currently making signs to make sure you don’t get lost in the backstage corridors the theatre.
Speaking of the building, we’re also busy trying to make sure that everything is clean and ready for you guys to use. This involves a lot of Health and Safety checks and a lot of hard work by our cleaning staff, especially as everything is currently being used by the production team from our Christmas show, South Pacific, who are here for a week’s tech rehearsal before the show opens in London. We’ve also allocated all the dressing rooms ready for you to move into in second week. And on top of ALL of this, I’m still doing my full-time job as Assistant Marketing Manager, organising advertising campaigns for over 40 forthcoming shows. And whilst I’ve got my marketing hat on, remember that we need all your efforts to sell tickets for Guys and Dolls Jr – make sure all your friends and family are coming along to see your star turn and get booking those tickets now!
Sunday is only 115 hours away – I predict another few sleepless nights for us...