Friday, July 11, 2014

Shakes: Part XV (A Season in Pictures)

Building the set: Part 1

Building the set: Part 2

Building the set: Part 3

Building the set: Part 4

Jellyfish from our trip to the Omaha Zoo!

Building the set: Part 5

Building the set: Part 6

Building the set: Part 7

Set built!!

My view of the sky from backstage.

Taking down the set: Part 1

Taking down the set: Part 2

Taking down the set: Part 3

Taking down the set: Part 4

Taking down the set: Part 5

All of our set crew!
Fundraiser setup

Fundraiser actors

Backstage crew for Tempest

Vince and Paul reenacting the Titanic

The amazing sky.

Scholar's Forum with the Rabble

Tom's dog driving the cart.

Camp Shakespeare Jesters

Audience on a big night.

Brendan during CW

Me and Anna

Pub Quiz Forum

Camp Shakespeare Apprentices

Shakes: Part XIV

Saturday, June 28: I arrived at the park at 4 and did my normal routine. For CW they have a fight call in the building at 7 and the weapons have to come back down to the park. Two actors start the show at the top of the hill at the entrance to the park so ten minutes before the show starts I go to the building to cue them. 2000 people came to the show! There was lightning during the second act, but it didn't rain and the lightning was 20 minutes west of us.

Sunday, June 29: I arrived at the park at 5, taped bards names on their chairs, got the walkies and set up backstage. I got popcorn from a vendor and set up the Forum. Wes found a wood pole that was buried in the ground SR of the set with nails sticking up, presumably from a past set built there, and we spent awhile trying to dig it up. Tempest performance three and clean up after.

Monday, June 30: I arrived at Kenefick at 10am to take our company car to the rental place (they had loaned the car to us) because one of our company members accidentally dented the passenger side door and we needed to get an estimate on damages. After getting a pretty big number from the place, Wes and I went to the office and did payroll and expense reports. We attended a staff meeting at UNO at 3, had a late lunch, went through Wes's credit card statement at the office and attended On Tour auditions. Every fall NS takes a Shakespeare show on tour around to local high schools and middle schools and they do workshops to get kids interested in the Bard. This fall it's The Tempest.

Tuesday, July 1: I arrived at Creighton at 1 to do some office work and striked the rehearsal space since no more rehearsals would be held there. We went to the park and did our normal routine, except that a crew member didn't show up so I had to call in a replacement. In addition to that our sound engineer wasn't aware we had a Tuesday performance so I had to call him to come in late.

Wednesday, July 2: I arrived at Creighton at 1 to continue striking the rehearsal space. We pulled up all our spike tape and put the pianos we borrowed back where they came from. At the park we learned that Vince's car had been broken into and two rapiers we use in CW were stolen. He quickly called other people in the theater community and found another two we could use, and I was sent on the errand to retrieve them from a company member who was in Tempest.

Thursday, July 3: I arrived at the park at 4:30 to do ice/water, get the walkies and set up Forum. I also bought t-shirts for both shows and a purple one for Shakespeare's 450th birthday. I grabbed pizza from a vendor and we had a great Tempest performance. After the show Anna had a get together at her house.

CW shirt

450th shirt

Tempest shirt

Saturday, July 5: I arrived at the park at 4:30, set up the souvenir tent and did my normal stuff. Tonight we had the Forum at 6:00 instead of 6:30 because our Camp Shakespeare campers were performing their shows on our education stage. At 6:30 the youngest groups, the Jesters, performed their version of Compleat Works and at 7:00 the oldest group, the Players, performed Romeo & Juliet. I grabbed Mark's keys for Creighton since he didn't need them anymore and we performed CW.

Sunday, July 6: I arrived at the park at 4:30, did water/ice and set up the Forum for the First Annual Pub Quiz in the park. Instead of interviewing people Sarah and Vince came up with Shakespeare questions and we had 5 contestants battling it out with dry erase boards to get the prize - a t-shirt at our souvenir tent. After the Forum the middle schoolers of Camp Shakespeare, the Apprentices, performed Macbeth. We had our last show of the season, Tempest and after the show we started striking props and the backstage area as much as we could in the dark.

Monday, July 7: I arrived at the park at 10 for strike and Wes and I cleaned out the semi while Matt took his props away and the set guys took down the set. We had to get help to take down the army tent and we took down the equity tent as well. We cleaned out the coolers and filled them with backstage lights. We took down the shelved we put up for props and put all our supplies in my blue bin of everything we might ever need. A guy came to move both semi's from backstage to the middle of the park. We filled up our road boxes and put them in the back of the semi and cleaned out the rest of it. We cleaned out the mobile mini/pod we were storing site stuff in and put some of it in CEC storage and some in the semi. We set out the astroturf that was in the costume army tent to dry on the fence. After a long, hard day Wes and I went to the library to rent a UHAUL for the next day.

Tuesday, July 8: I arrived at the park at 9 to take Wes to the UHAUL place (and to pick up coffee). After we got to the park we helped the electrics crew clean the muddy cords we had borrowed from a place in town. We helped Tom take down gazebos and took a lunch break. Tom and I took down our sign that we had put up on a pedestrian overpass over our busiest street in Omaha. Wes and I went to Kenefick to help Suzanne with cleaning up housing stuff since everyone had moved out. After that we went back to the park and had a "Lumber Party" where high schools and colleges from the area took away the lumber that we weren't going to use again so we didn't have to trash it all in our two big dumpsters.

Wednesday, July 9: I arrived at the office at 10:30 and we did expense reports and sent out EMC forms to Equity in Chicago. Wes and I went to Sgt. Peffer's for our annual strike lunch, and we had a good turn out of the set crew and costume crew. After we got back to the office I gave all the Creighton keys we used to Michael, the building manager. I got the news that my great-grandfather had passed away, and since I needed to go to the funeral, I told Wes that today would be my last day (I was technically contracted until July 11) so we should get everything done that we could. I dropped Wes off at UNO to deal with things there and went to our accountant's office to pick up a check. I picked Wes up and we took the company car to the rental place, and Wes was nice and put gas in my car and bought me a soda. I took him back to UNO and we said our awkward end of the season "see you later".

In the end, I worked 345.5 hours in 9 weeks from May 12-July 9. It's been a crazy whirlwind summer as usual, and I can't wait to see what Nebraska Shakespeare has in store for us next.


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Shakes: Part XIII

Hello! It's been crazy here. Shakespeare On The Green is over, and while I'm glad I get my life back, I'm sad that the season is done. I made so many lasting memories and met so many interesting people.

Here's where I left off, day by day.

Tuesday, June 17: I arrived at the park at 11, stopped by Walgreens for water, and spent the rest of the morning painting the set. Mostly painting grey on the "boat" for Tempest. After class Wes and I got ice and water into the coolers. We put water into empty coolers and then take the coolers in the gator to the Student Center to get ice from their kitchen. After that we put up some more gazebos around the park. I set up backstage with bugspray, sunscreen, fans, and a mirror. We put two picnic tables backstage for the actors to hang out when they're not onstage. I watched the second dress rehearsal for The Tempest and then cleaned up backstage.

Wednesday, June 18: I arrived at the park at 10 with mail from Creighton. I got coffee for Wes from the library and then we had a staff meeting. After class Wes and I finalized our pre show schedule and we had Tempest third and final dress.

The pre show schedule before every performance.

Thursday, June 19: I arrived at the park at 2:30 and met Wes in the library to print out paperwork for on the green. We have two people go onstage every night before the show: one to read the sonnets, and one to welcome everyone to the green and ask for donations. Suzanne does the sonnets every day and the other announcer is usually someone from the community, on our local TV or radio stations. Therefore, we have to have a script printed for them every day with current information.
We also print out a parking list for the UNO parking people to have because some of our big donors get a reserved parking space. In addition to that list we print out names of Bards to put on reserved chairs we set up house right by the lighting tower. I set up backstage, set up the Scholar's Forum sound system, listened to the Forum, cued the greenshow Madrigals (they sing songs to people in the audience) and sat backstage for our first performance. We had a couple of power surges, but otherwise the show was a success! We all went to a house after the show for a party.

Friday, June 20: I arrived at the park at 3:30 and set up a blanket for a friend of mine and did ice for the coolers and set up backstage. I got walkies for Stage Management, and set up and listened to the Scholar's Forum. It started to rain slightly around 7:30 and we scrambled to figure out the forecast and if the rain would let up or get worse. In the end we cancelled our show, and I got to go onstage to tell the audience that the performance was unfortunately cancelled due to the weather and please come back for a different performance another night. We hurried to clean up and right as I got to the building to finished putting walkies away it started to pour.

Saturday, June 21: I arrived at the park at 12:30 and went to the library with Wes. I ran errands to Lowe's to pick up stakes, Target for wet wipes, and Kinko's for "Reserved" signs. I set up backstage, did walkies, ice, and the Forum. We had a great second performance.

Sunday, June 22: I arrived at the park at 4:30, did water/ice and the sound system. We had "Will's Best Friend" contest: we partner with PetCo and have prizes for dogs who come to the park dressed up. We had our third performance and I read backstage.

Monday, June 23: I arrived at the park at 5 for dry tech, ordered Chinese food for dinner, and Wes and  I did some computer/website work in the RV.

Tuesday, June 24: I arrived at the park at 9 to prepare for a Compleat Works rehearsal. Wes brought his dog Mara Jade and we looked after her while sitting in a golf cart during rehearsal. We went by Lowe's to get anti-rust spray for our set. We had first dress for CW. Suzanne brought a lamp for Mark, the SM so he could see his script when it got dark. We cleaned up.

Wednesday, June 25: I arrived in the park at 4. 2nd dress. (I didn't take many notes for this day!)

Thursday, June 26: I arrived at the park at 4 and did water/ice. I took Anna home to Kenefick from UNO. It started raining early and Vince, Wes, and Mary Ann all came to the park and decided to cancel the performance. We made a sign to put up at the entrance for patrons to see if they came to the park anyway. I hosted a get together at my house for the company members since they weren't doing a show.

Friday, June 27: I arrived at the park at 4pm and the gator was out of gas. We did ice/water and the Scholar's Forum. My parents came to the performance and we had a great opening night. After the show the actors gathered onstage for a talkback with some of the audience members because a concert had been going on in a nearby park so driving was terrible and we wanted to give our patrons another option. We all headed to a donor's house for our second opening party.