So, we rehearsed our butts off with our two new stagehands yesterday afternoon before the show. I went from being pants-shitting nervous to simple urine-stain nervous during that time, as they seemed to be quietly competent which was more than I had the right to expect from grade 11 students.
The show went… well, all things considered. The web cam failed just before we went up, so our great bits of stagecraft with it (the floating in space scene, and the crash scene) didn’t read as well as they should of. But that was the only technical problem, except for some minor lighting cue fluffs. But that’s just because Ramona is getting used to our improvised walkie-talkie intercom system. She can’t operate it hands free (since there’s no booth, she has to whisper into it, which is not loud enough to activate the VOX system).
It was a cool night, so the venue was only about as hot as our London venue, but my shirt at the end weighed about two kilograms more than it did when I started, loaded down as it was with sweat. I regret the choice of vinyl for the costume jackets. I am NOT looking forward to doing the show on a really hot day (like 25+) in there.
The house was 27. Which is about 25% of the venue’s capacity. Not a huge house, although it looked large from where I was performing, since everyone sat in the middle rows. Important to note: this is bigger than our largest house in London, so hopefully it’s just the beginning.
There was a reviewer in the house last night, who gave us an okay review. At three stars (out of five), it’s not a glowing endorsement, but it shouldn’t keep people away either. We’ve been told that Edmonton is very review-driven, so it’s a relief that we didn’t get trashed, and the end of the review did call us “fringe-worthy”. Of course, there are still at least two more publications that are likely to review us, so we’re not out of the woods, yet.
One thing I’d like to know: how did we go from “best stagecraft of the festival” (London) to “passable” (Edmonton)?