February 10, 2010

Winter Wonderland: I Wonder if We’ll Have a Show

I call this: On the Road Again,theatre — Posted by KP @ 12:39 pm

The big snowstorm has hit the northeast — the forecast to which we said, “Ha! Sucks to be them!” until we realized we were returning to the northeast. Damn!

We’re in New London, CT, which was lovely yesterday for our full day off, but today is quickly filling up with the white stuff. It may not look like much in the photo, but it’s really coming down, and Nick, who has been our bus-based meteorologist, says the forecast predicts 8-12 inches by 6PM.

We had an 8AM load in, which began at 7:30 with Bart driving carefully down streets already covered in a thin layer of snow. By the time we were unloading the truck, it was coming down pretty heavily. The presenter was already in meetings about whether we’d have a show tonight, or a school show tomorrow morning (which has more to do with the schools being closed than the theatre).

Because the theatre has very little storage space, we left the set on the truck until the last minute (and also because if the shows were cancelled early, we wouldn’t have to unload it). Also, there’s no loading dock, so taking things up and down the ramp and down the sidewalk in the snow is not something you really want to do if you don’t have to.

Here’s Juliet’s balcony, just delivered to the theatre, having accumulated a thin layer of snow on its trip around the corner from the truck.

We’re moving along at a very good pace, and at this, our lunch break, have most of the walls up. I’m calling focus again, and we’re most of the way through all the instruments we can focus before the set is finished. We’ve had three or four electricians going at once, so I’m getting a little more of a mental workout.

In other news, it’s very nice to be back in the northeast. Yesterday on our day off, Nick and I walked down to the waterfront, where the Amtrak station is, and the pier looks out on the river. I wanted to see a submarine float by, but no such luck (or maybe it did, and I wouldn’t know!) Being around the waters of Long Island and Connecticut reminds me of my childhood, so it was a nice way to come home to this region after being away since late November.


The evening show is canceled. Tomorrow’s morning student show may still happen, so we have to continue working.