So we've reached that point in Stoyteller Theater of Milwaukee's Pirates of Penzance. The part where you need a stiff drink. Not because things are going badly, not at all. Quite the opposite; things are moving along swimingly.
I don't know how many of my readers are involved in theater, I'm assuming quiet a few, but for those of you who don't know there is a point in every production where the show becomes your life. It's in my opinion kin to that of a buddist monk learning the ways of their religion. The show is all, the show is everything, you must give everything to the show.
For example, I had two days off in the last week and thirty-seven hours of those precious two days off was dedicated to costuming, set building, dressing or painting. It's just the way these things work. Our Pirate King, Zach Zembrowski and his father, Bill Zembrowski and I have been working around the clock to make sure the show goes off without a hitch. Yesterday we were working after rehearsal til about one a.m. with a few really dedicated members of the cast, Rachel Zembrowski, Sam Butchart, Steven Thomas, and Issac Brotzman. We were all putting some work in on the pirate ship.
So far the costuming is nearly done, I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Most everyone has the peices they need, which in imparitive for the cast photo shoot this weekend so if you don't mind I'm going to take a moment and pat myself on the back. (Moment over.) I'm never sure if a general audience member looks at the final product and understands all the work that goes into one moment on stage. How many different hands touch a few seconds of movement or music. It becomes the tapestry of people who get there early and stay late. That is how shows like this are put together. The people who sarcrafice most of their time and energy deserve credit and I hope whoever reads this post will give a small golf clap to Zach Zembrowski, Bill Zembrowski, and my stage manager Steven Thomas for the countless hours they've put into this.
This is the cool thing about shows like this that I love. It doesn't matter how much sleep you loose or how frusterating some moments get. When you see the work on stage, and how far everything has come you feel overwhelmed. You get to look at this product that was the last month of your life and is comprised of all the sweat and heachaches. It's really very cool.
I know I'm circling myself in my writing at the moment. Weeks of sleep deprivation and improper eating habits are taking their toll. Mornings are dizzy and nights are a fight to keep moving. I can tell you if you are planning to come that it's more than worth it. The effort shows, it's a nice gem of a project and if you don't like musicals you'll love it, if you do like musicals you'll really love it. The show is coming up quick, join us as we hoist the sails and weigh anchor, it' going to be a great deal of fun. Til the next post people of the interweb!