Stage magic is hard. When you go to see a show, you see performers dancing on stage as the sets glide (hopefully) on and off stage. What you don’t see is the Tetris of set pieces backstage that the performers have to try not to trip on while stripping in the wings to get ready for their next entrance.
One theatre I worked at had almost no wing (off stage) space. So, they used a lot of projections. It was actually really cool. We would have tables and chairs and things, but the background was all really neat projections.
Then, as always, things went horribly wrong. (more…)