Today is the technical cue to cue rehearsal for Anna In The Tropics. It’s the first time the actors have worked on the set.
It’s also the first time that the sound and light cues have been tried. Director Roy Arauz, lighting designer Steve Cooper, sound designer John Epperson, and stage manager Alan Parsons, along with people working on the stage crew, have to figure out all the cues. This means not only whether say, the lights are too dark or the sound too loud, but when they should occur in relation to what the actors are doing. The actors, in turn, have to get used to the lights changing and the sounds happening as they’re performing. That’s why they do several tech rehearsals and a dress rehearsal before the run of a show.
With most of the painting done, the set is starting to look like an old factory building, which is where the main setting of the play will occur.
Now that the sound equipment is set up and the spare lighting equipment has been stowed, my part in the production is just about done. It’s time to sit back and watch the show.
UPDATE (July 31): I’ve replaced the original photo with an enhanced one that’s easier to see.