Saturday, September 26, 2009

"He's Done it Again"


Saturday night. Our fifth performance and things are humming along (See the lovely chorus girls to the left? If you haven't seen the show, you don't know what you're missing).

The curtain speech has started, a blind fiddler is practicing right next to me. O.K., it's Nick, one of the amazing ensemble members.

Now the overture starts. Time for the antics to begin!

Friday, September 18, 2009

"Opening Night...it's Opening Night!"


it's here. Thanks to all who have helped get us to tonight. I especially want to thank the crew and the staff at SMT for making this a great experience.

Please come see the show, if you're so inclined. And keep checking the blog. I'll post some pictures during the run.

Ja wohl

Doug/Franz

Thursday, September 17, 2009

"Oh, sorry, wrong office" (Act II Preview)


9:40 p.m. - Everyone sets their costumes, props and such. Act II begins.

10:35 p.m. - Busy, busy, busy. Time for the finale!

10:45 p.m. - Preview finished. Vunderbar!!

11:15 p.m. - Stranger at the U-Village QFC tells me the show was great. Time for da sleeping. Ya.

"All ve heard vas yodeling"


It's preview night, and I'm gonna try this live blog thing again.

7:35 p.m. - Pep talk (and some notes) from our director, choreograper and stage manager backstage.

7:49 p.m. - An odd "calm before the storm" has fallen over the dressing room.

8:02 p.m. - Curtain speech, overture and "Opening Night" (the butterflies in my stomach have begun).

8:22 p.m. - Leo is hysterical. Audience is laughing (whew)!

8:35 p.m. - A bevy of beautiful showgirls just passed by on the way to the stage for "I Wanna Be a Producer." Roger, Carmen and I pace backstage.

8:55 p.m. - Roger (Buddy) makes his entrance. Time to "Keep it Gay"!

9:25 p.m. - Sweaty, exhausted, Intermission. Wait...we still have to do Act II!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

"Vat you say is 'Beak a Leg!'"


Live! Backstage at SMT during our Final Dress Rehearsal (bear with me as I try some live blogging via my I-Phone).

8:05 p.m. - The orchestra just started the overture. Sounds good.

8:32 p.m. - Just moved the stage left wall unit into place for the "I Wanna Be a Producer" number. Justin sounds like he's having fun.

8:55 p.m. - "Der Guten Tag Hop Clop" -- Vunderbar (well, almost).

9:10 p.m. - Onstgae Ulla is singing "When You've Got It..." Backstage many "little old ladies" are preparing for the Act I finale. It's indescribable!

9;25 p.m. - Intermission (hurry, change into you next costume!)

Saturday, September 12, 2009

"You'll Endeavor..."

I tried file this entry on Saturday from our all-day tech rehearsal, but couldn't make things work.

Things are coming together awfully quickly now. On Saturday, we were fitted with body mics in the early afternoon and then got to sing with the orchestra. It's always such a thrill to sing through the score with the orchestra that first time. After a dinner break (with our food provided by the SMT board...thanks SO much) we ran through the show, stopping and starting to work set changes.

And all the while our great music director, Paul Linnes (pictured) kept us in line...musically.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

"Take advice, don't think twice"


We did a full run-through of the show last night. Whew! Lots of hard work from everyone. Things are coming together. We've added lights (thanks, Richard Schaefer), the set is taking shape (bravo, Dan Suiter) and I heard the orchestra for the first time at a recent rehearsal. Excellent.

AND I got to try on the lederhosen last night (!!). Another run-through tonight. More updates tomorrow.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

"What Nice Guys"

We had a full-day, dance-and-scene work rehearsal today. I had some review with choreographer Jenn in the morning of the two "Franz" numbers. Then on to some scene work. All the while costumer Carl Bronsdon was fitting people into assorted outfits.

The ensemble worked all sorts of group numbers today. They are a talented, hard-working bunch. One minute they might be playing a theatergoer, then a little old lady with a walker, then a tap-dancing storm trooper. The costumes will be flying backstage, let me tell you.

When lunchtime came I got to leave (lucky me!), but the ensemble folks had to return to work the rest of the afternoon. I salute you amazing guys and gals.

The picture here is of our stage management team, Kira Willson and Carine Hutchison. Both very "nice guys."

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

"He's the German Ethel Merman Dontcha Know."

Back to rehearsal after a few days off. Monday night we did a stumble-through of Act II. Things seemed to run fairly smoothly and the highlight for me was to be able to sit back and watch the big "Springtime for Hitler" number (if you know the show, at this point my character is...um..indisposed).

Showgirls (and guys), great fanfare and tap-dancing Nazis. And the highlight: Buddy Mahoney. I wont give away too much more, but I think he could bring down the house.

The photo is from the courtroom scene near the end of show. It was taken with my phone, so it's not the best quality, but I think you can see the lovely work Dan is doing with
our set.