Intern-al Monologue - Week 6

Woof. That was a week. It was an awesome week, but when I got home on Saturday night, there was nothing I would have rather done than take off my sweaty shoes, flop onto the couch, and watch seven consecutive episodes of Chopped online. Sadly, only five episodes were available for free, but Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares proved to be a suitable substitute. The night after Riverfest and tech week was just that kind of night.

I know I haven't done behind the scenes content for a while, but that's because we were in full production mode for Hairspray, and full preparation mode for Riverfest, both of which I was thoroughly entrenched in. I thought that I'd share a little bit of the process with you guys while I contemplate the last seven days.

Let's start with Riverfest.

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This is where the magic happens.

By magic, of course, I mean list-making and worrying. This is the 'Cabaret Closet,' and deep within its folds lie the tools with which I erected our Riverfest Pavilion.

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This is my bin. There are many like it, but this one is mine. My bin is my best friend. It is my life. I must master it as I must master my life.

But seriously, folks. This is where a lot of my time has gone for the past few weeks. Just making sure that everything within is ship-shape so we could do our jobs, and make the longest day in my service to the theater easier. Every item therein has been placed just so in order to achieve the optimal state of organization. I have three three ring binders. THAT'S NINE RINGS, PEOPLE. I DO NOT MESS AROUND.

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Everything we needed, and then some. Zip ties, first-aid-kits, the whole kit and kaboodle. That white binder held all my printed materials, like drawing tickets and volunteer sign-up forms. I had printed 750 tickets, just to be sure that we would  have enough for this year - Last year, we only had 250 tickets printed, and 611 entrants - I didn't count the tickets we used, but even with 150 more than I thought I'd need, I still had to run back to the theater with Cole and Tyler, two bright-eyed young lads who helped at the booth, to go and print more. (Thanks, guys! You were awesome!) Needless to say, business was booming at our pavilion. Two black binders (not pictured) housed volunteer forms and various plans I had lain out to consult should the need arise. Luckily, everything went off without a hitch.

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This is our tent, still boxed and ready to go. I had to pull it, along with a sheet of plexiglass and about 32 square feet of black lattuce out of...

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...here. If you want cleanliness, come after we've had time to re-organize everything post-Hairspray.

As I was checking it to make sure everything was in order, one leg of the tent got stuck in the extended position. I must have pounded that thing for half an hour before giving up on it.

I wanted to take loads of pictures during Riverfest, as is my habit but I kind of sort of left my camera in the car for the entire day. You know, a typical intern-level flub. Just trust me, though, the tent looked absolutely glorious; a veritable Palazzo Vecchio among the Riverfest tents.

Now let's talk about Hairspray, shall we?

I was at nearly every dress rehearsal. I have 322 pictures on my camera ALONE. I shudder to think of the number that have found their way onto my hard drive. It's better to have too much than too little, and every picture I've released to the public was hand-picked for aesthetic appeal, relevance, and placement in the story of Hairspray. Here are some that I haven't put up just yet, but I like all the same.

When I wasn't recording content at rehearsal, I was splicing it together to create a trailer.

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This, little ones, is what baby trailers look like, before the stork brings them to Youtube.

It took roughly thirty minutes to compress the video from the sixty or so clips I pulled from, and whenever I wanted to change the saturation value on a scene, I had to compress it all over again. If you stare at something long enough (and believe me, I have stared at this trailer) you'll find little flaws nobody else will care about, so I'm sure it's fine. If you have a complaint about it, please never tell me or my perfectionism will force me to change it.

I think that's about it. I've had my head so far buried in production and planning, I never really got a good sense of what else was happening in the theater. Friday was Jessica Setness' last day with us, and I'm really sad to see her go. She was awesome to work with, whenever our jobs brought us together, and I still owe her a coffee from my second day at Lyric. She's moving away to start a new chapter in her life, and we all wish her the best.

Other than that, however, I'm more or less oblivious to what else has been going on in the theater this past week. I'll be back into the ebb and flow of office life soon enough, though, and I'll be able to give you guys and gals a little more to look at next time I post something.

Even thinking about this week is making me tired. I'm going to go swimming.

Cheers!

-Eric

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Eric is a rising Sophomore studying Communications at North Dakota State University.

Intern-al Affairs - Hairspray Rehearsals

Hello, Lyric Arts insiders! Intern Eric here with another sneak peek of our upcoming production of Hairspray! I've sat in on rehearsals before, but I brought my camera last night to give you guys a little taste of the finished product, all while our actors get used to the main elements of the stage, freshly painted and fitted together. Even though we still have over two weeks of rehearsal to go, the cast already looks and sounds fantastic, and we can’t wait to show everyone the finished product.

Check out our Facebook page to look at our full Backstage Photo Album!

We need painters!

Hey, Lyric Arts community!

Hairspray Unfinished

Our set for Hairspray is mostly built, and this morning, we moved to phase three of set construction - Painting. Our volunteers have done a great job so far, but to quote our Tech Director, Karen Lee Tait, "There is a daunting amount of painting to be done."

We need YOU. If you're good with a paintbrush, and can spare an hour out of your work week, come help us get the set looking spectacular between now and Hairspray's opening night on July 12th.

Get in touch with Matt, our volunteer coordinator, at volunteer@lyricarts.com to get involved.

See you there!

Intern-al affairs - Hairspray Design

Hello, everyone! Intern Eric here, with some extra-juicy behind-the-scenes coverage for Lyric Arts' forthcoming production of Hairspray, premiering on the 12th of July! Work on the set is going pretty smoothly, and if all goes according to plan, our actors should have a full stage (without some minor decorative touches) to practice on by the end of the month. I managed to persuade Karen Lee Tait, Lyric Arts' new tech director, to part with one of her design documents for a primary piece of decoration, the walls of the 'Corny Collins Show' stage!

I've seen the work that has been done on the walls so far, and they're already looking very impressive.

I also weaseled my way into the costume department, and talked our costume designer, Stacey Palmer, into showing the Lyric Arts Audience some of the fabrics she will be using to bring out the personalities of each member of the cast. Now, these are only swatches, each one roughly three inches square, but they are what Stacey uses to show the rest of the Lyric Arts staff her vision during design meetings.

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These are just the first of many behind-the-scenes articles that I'll be posting over the course of our production. Over the next few weeks, I'll be bringing you footage from our rehearsals, major milestones on the set, and many more exciting design tidbits and anecdotes as they come in.