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The Paddle Predicament (Rated PG-13) March 25, 2015

Tech is not only not fun. It is also very dangerous. If you have no idea what I am talking about, please click here and read part one in the my “tech will never be fun” series.

I have a friend whom I love dearly. He is a lovely human being who just so happens to be very accident prone. It got to the point where if you heard something fall back stage at the theatre you would call his name and ask him if he was all right. Only once was it not him who had fallen, and he was moderately insulted that we had all believed him to have been the one to have fallen down the stairs.

One tech in particular he was in a hurry. He was up a ladder working on a set piece with a paddle bit. He needed to reach up and do something not paddle bit related, so he put the screw gun down the front of his pants, paddle bit end first. (more…)

 

Tech Is Fun (Or Lies My Director Told Me) March 23, 2015

Today begins the first day of tech rehearsal for my current production, and of course the mantra “Tech is fun” went flying through the cast. For those of you not in theatre, Tech rehearsal is when, after days of hard work, the actors forget everything they have ever been told as set pieces come flying at them, headdresses cover their eyes, choreography changes, and their playing space is reduced by half. None of those things are fun.

I understand that the purpose of saying “tech is fun” is to try and make it seem less like a twelve-hour death slog with stage lights. But until they let me carry a glass of wine and a box of cookies on stage, I will never think tech is fun. It’s a necessary evil. It’s a part of my job, but it’s never ever fun.

The worst tech I have ever experienced was when I was an intern at a theatre company. We had giant sliders to hang, and when we went to put them up, we found out they were almost two hundred pounds heavier than they were supposed to be! (more…)