Right. A little background, first of all. Our school musical, Kiss Me Kate, opens on Thursday (yay)!
Only problem is, we suck. Royally. Now, I know what you’re going to say: “Every musical ever sucks when it’s about to go up. So don’t worry.” Now, usually I’d agree with you, and I’m not saying that I don’t have any faith, just that the little I have left is being stretched to its limits.
Quick run-down of the situation as of last night. It was the first dress rehearsal we’ve had, and only of the first act. Second act dress is tomorrow, followed by final dress rehearsal on Wednesday. Show Thursday.
Now, a (not-so) brief list of things that went wrong, in descending order:
-Three of the actors, one lead and two supporting, didn’t manage to make it to the rehearsal till a half hour after it started, due to weather. Since we had to start without them, they got no chance to do their songs/lines in costume.
-On “Tom, Dick, or Harry,” (Musical number), the three men singers didn’t come in on their harmony. At all. We found out after the number that this is due to the fact that they don’t know their harmony.
-I missed two out of my three entrances. Not too big of a problem, considering that they were due to small stuff (person forgot cue, place I was supposed to enter from was temporarily unaccessible), that can be fixed easily. Still, enough to put me in a bad mood.
-We have 8 CD’s of sound effects and not one phone ringing. Not ONE. This, of course, is the only sound effect we need.
Now, again, many of these are little. BUT, after all of that, we got to the finale:
-Scene change took too long, so lights couldn’t come up, but orchestra started their song when they were supposed to, so we were standing on stage singing and <shudder> dancing in the dark.
-The entire number, due to some funky timing, was off, so that the singers were at least a measure ahead or behind the orchestra at any given point.
-And finally, the costume change required for the leads took about seven minutes. They have about 2 minutes to pull it off, and be on stage. We were left standing there, song over, in final poses, looking around like idiots.
I’m scared. Very, very scared. Ironically, my birthday is on Thursday, opening night. All I want this year is a musical that doesn’t suck.
Well, I guess I better go practice some more…