Once upon a time we found a rat outside our theatre. It was a harrowing and tragic tale, and we thought that our wildlife encounters were over. But alas, they were not.
The next day, we were on a break. I was sitting in the theatre, hanging out when one of the girls came in to tell the stage manager that there was a little snake that may have gotten into the lobby. Naturally, we all ran to see it.
Sure enough, there was a little black and yellow snake curled up right inside the door. The little bugger had crept through the crack and wanted to make himself at home. The Stage Manager sighed and got ready to get the snake. Unfortunately, none of us were knew if Mr. Snakey Pants was venomous or not.
Note from the Blogger’s husband: This is one of my biggest pet peeves. So many people use so many words interchangeably that are not synonymous. Further and farther, for instance (which have been used incorrectly so many times that they are now accepted as being synonyms). To be clear, something is venomous if it is capable of injecting the poison/venom into you. Something that is poisonous must be either ingested or touched. In short, venomous fangs vs. poisonous skin. That is all.
Since we were between shows, there were some boxes piled right up by the door. Of course that was where the snake darted toward. And not knowing if he was a murdery dude, we couldn’t reach in to get him. The Stage Manager found a broom handle while I grabbed some sheets of Styrofoam and made a snake wall. Then the SM, who is still thankfully on his parents’ health insurance, crawled in by the boxes and started poking the snake.
The snake darted out, but I blocked him with my foam board of doom. There was a little bit of screaming and a lot of team work, and we got the snake back out through the door… just in time to see a man walk up the theatre steps. We shouted through the window to look out for the snake. He looked down at the snake, back at us, leaned down and grabbed the snake with a sarcastic look on his face and said, “I thought you were actors.”
I don’t really know what he meant by that. Like actors should be good with snakes? Be able to recognize snakes? Are snakes?
In any case, it was a non-murdery snake, and the guy just took him off the porch and it was done. But it could have been deadly. Regardless, our Stage Manager was once again a hero.