Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Shakes: Part XII

We've been busy at the park! Most of the work now has moved from Creighton to UNO.

Thursday, June 5: (according to my log) I arrived at Creighton at 9:45 for a production meeting. After class I was on the green and stopped by the CEC (Community Engagement Center). I also contacted our Storz vendor to finalize their menu for when they sell food during shows. I called a girl named Katie to see if she could potentially be our Set Crew Head for both shows.

Friday, June 6: I arrived at the CU office at 10 and did some expense reports and updated backstage papers. After I saw my older sister off to the airport and attended class I was at site for a bit and then Wes and I ran some errands, including HyVee to buy food for our light focus grill out and Ace Hardware for some scenic needs.

Monday, June 9: I had the morning off and after class went to the accountant's office to pick up reimbursement checks. I met Wes at site and we talked with our pizza vendor for a while and looked at the semi's. Wes and I went to the office and did expense reports, updated social media, and I scanned some things for Wes.

Tuesday, June 10: I arrived at CU at 10 and Wes and I updated the website, mostly with the vendor menus. We went to site and "faced" the stage. We have a big wave that is built on Stage Right and on the inside of it we started to staple planks of wood to make it look like a ship. I unloaded the blue semi event staff boxes with Elizabeth (an event staffer) and moved them to a "Mobile Mini" shed.

Wednesday, June 11: I arrived at the park at 9 for a staff meeting. I continued to plank the stage with Wes and put a gazebo up with Wes's brother Tim.

Thursday, June 12: I arrived at CU at 9:30 for a production meeting. On site I helped cut off the edges of the planks. I went to the office for a few minutes and then watched a run of Tempest.

Friday, June 13: I arrived at CU at 11 to help load the boat pieces into a set guy's truck and then met Suzanne in the park to help set up for the crew picnic, food provided by Jimmy John's. I helped build the set some more and helped the scenic intern Alex with the inside of our cave. I, along with 5 others, helped Wes put up an army tent to use as our costume tent and moved the road boxes in the semi. Wes and I went to storage to pick up our sound system and stopped by the office. I stopped by Walgreens and went to dry tech. During tech I went to storage, the office, and my dorm. I then helped Wes fix program errors.

Saturday, June 14: I arrived at the park at 9 with ice for the cooler and took a tour of UNO with all the Tempest actors. I cleaned the stage and helped with props to prepare for park rehearsal. I plugged in our walkies and put water and ice in the coolers. I watched rehearsal, helped set up backstage lights, and then we finished our space-out and we had wet tech with actors.

Monday, June 16: I arrived at the park at 9:30 to set up for rehearsal. I ran by Blick to get paint pens and Walgreens for water. Part of rehearsal got rained out, but we went back after it had passed. I set out water, bugspray and sunscreen. We had a break and then had our first dress, which we started early because we thought it might rain again. I watched the run and after the rehearsal we had notes and I put walkies away and went home.

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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Shakes: Part XI

I'm already getting behind on posts, go figure. I write down in my notebook a synopsis of what I do all day, so hopefully I can summarize adequately.

Last Friday I arrived at Creighton at 11 and set up shop in our office, when I got a knock at the door. Michael, the building manager, wanted to ask Wes something but settled for me as Wes wasn't there yet. Last night after rehearsal a mess was left in the Green Room (popcorn all over the floor and a crumb-y cake dish) and the janitor came in to find a mouse on the table with the cake remnants. Needless to say they closed off the room and had to dealt with their (I think ongoing) rodent problem.

I called Wes and told the Stage Manager that we couldn't use the green room for a few days as per Creighton's request, as well as that we had to clean up the mess. And by we, I meant Wes and I apparently. Because while rehearsal was going on, I was doing dishes (40 mugs, two coffeepots and a cake dish) and Wes was vacuuming.

The rest of the day, according to my notes, Wes and I delivered mail, checking in on costumes, and did expense reports.

On Sunday I arrived at Creighton around 12:30 and started to clean and organize the office while waiting for Wes. When he arrived I scanned and printed a lot of things. We continued doing expense reports. There was a brief power outtage because of a storm and we checked in on rehearsal.

Yesterday I arrived at Creighton at 10 and copied receipts for expense reports and helped Wes fill out vendor contracts. When we get to on the green we had food vendors set up shop on House Left and before the show and during intermission they sell food to our patrons. I called a few potential set building volunteers.

I went to class and afterwards met Wes in the park. Soon, city sirens started going off, indicating severe weather and that everyone should go inside. So what do we do? We quickly start making sure the park will be okay. We tie up electric cords, the set people clean up their stuff, we bag our lights and generally stay in the park for awhile after the sirens had started. Finally we took shelter in the Fine Arts Building and after we had an all clear I went home to my family.

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