Well, folks, this is it. We have finally arrived at the place we have been working so hard to get to. Right now I’m sitting in a café in Ottawa, waiting to get in to our venue where we will perform our fourth performance of Forgiven/Forgotten. Last weekend we opened at the Conrad Centre in Kitchener, the space in which this blog will exist.
Let me preface this by saying I am new to this whole Stage Managing thing. So when we stepped into the theatre last Thursday, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I wasn’t even sure what my duties on a tech day would be. Pretty soon I got put to work and the show started to come together. With the direction of our amazing lighting designer, Dave Metcalfe, and the Conrad Centre’s tech director Jordon, the lights got hung, focused, and programmed and the entire aesthetic of the show was created. Wow, what a difference good lighting makes.
We put the play on its feet, added in the music and video, and it looked good. Like, really good. Before we knew it, people were showing up at the door, to a sold-out venue no less! Saturday’s two shows weren’t sold out but we had fantastic discussions about the Restorative Justice and play-writing and preparation processes, facilitated by a rep from Mennonite Central Committee and the cast and crew of Theatre of the Beat.
All in all, I would say that these three performances were a successful first run of the show. We had been rehearsing this play since January, discovering characters and figuring out blocking, props, set, costumes…the list goes on. It was exciting to see it all come together, and we can only hope to keep that energy and excitement for the next 30 or so shows. One thing that will help in that department is the fact that each audience will bring new experiences, stories, and questions, and we’re excited to see what they bring to the table.
Thank you, our blog readers, for supporting us throughout this journey. Although we’ve come so far, we’ve only just begun.