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A Pirates’ Tale Opening Night a Success!

Wow, what a cast!

Wow, what a cast!

Did I say before that we have 41 actors on stage, often all at the same time, in this production of A Pirates’ Tale?!!

The Gentlemen Pirates

The Gentlemen Pirates

Needless to say, it was a LOT for this director to wrap her head around in getting everyone and everything shipshape. Wow! Plus we had the largest and youngest group of kids we’ve ever worked with — 16 “poor and orphaned” kids kidnapped off the London docks, some of whom had stage experience, and some didn’t. And these kids had a lot of rapid-fire lines and were on stage almost the entire play. That’s a lot to ask of a bunch of youngsters from 8 to 11 (one is 7, only one is 12). It’s also a lot to ask of our young stage manager, Elaina, who had to line up all these “little varmints” for at least 3 entrances. I considered giving her a sword!

BUT, these little troopers hung in there and hunkered down and studied hard and pulled together and burst out like a real team on Thursday night. In fact, the energy level from everyone on opening night was such that our wonderful, incredible sound guy, Chip, was scrambling to turn down the mics! This was true for the entire cast, the older ones ranging from 12 to 17.

Clowning on Set

Clowning on Set

The really wonderful thing was to watch ALL of them help each other, cover for each other, improvise when things didn’t go quite right, and turn possible negatives into positives. They genuinely rose to the occasion! Now that warms a director’s heart, for sure!

So, through a very short month of not-that-many rehearsals, we toiled, and worried, and almost despaired, and pushed and drove and coached and encouraged — and they worked and studied and waited around and practiced and got tired and hungry and suffered info overload — and it finally, at the last minute (literally) all came together.

There was hope. Then, Thursday, there was success. They did a really good job, and had fun doing it. But the story isn’t over. Stay tuned!

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