It is hard to believe that the end of yet another season at the theatre is coming to an end. This is going to mark the end of my fifth season at the Pioneer Theatre. That is five years living in Salt Lake City, five years out of college, and five years living in the real world. Five years is not a super long time, but it is nothing to turn your nose up at either. It is kind of hard to believe that I am getting information about my five year college reunion. I probably won’t make it to that since I just went this year to the big theatre reunion, but we shall see.
I often write about how time is such a funny thing. Usually in relationship to camp, but it applies in all things. Here we are at the end of the season and it feels like the beginning was so long ago, a distant memory. At the same time, we actually have to go on a little longer since they added a show, but it will probably just feel like business as usual until we get to the end of that.
At this point I have been feeling like I just want to move on to that last show. Not because I want to be done with the season faster but because I just want to be done with the current show. We are currently working onSunset Boulevard which is to be followed by RENT. There is just something about Sunset and the way that it has all been fitting together that has made it just a nightmare to work on. it is a huge show, but nothing terribly out of the ordinary as far as musicals go for us. It just feels like it has been a constant fight.
We were off to a flying start when the designer got into town early, I was even able to make time in the schedule to go to a Passover Seder. Then the whole thing ground to a halt as hurdle upon hurdle was thrown in the way. It felt like there was just not enough forethought that went into planning some things with this show. I know that I am not the only person who feels this way as our new Sound Designer had to deal not only with the sound but also with projections for the show. needless to say, we all have been spending long hours in the theatre and he was still there working when I left at 1AM last night (this morning). Having a day off today could not be a more welcome thing.
I suppose that work cannot be completely fun all the time though I do try to have a good attitude. It doesn’t always happen, especially when I am running on not the best nights of sleep and frustrating situations. I still try really hard not to just grump around at people, but I know that I do from time to time. Of course the next day I get a good night sleep and come in with a much better disposition which drives everyone else nuts since they are grumpy. Go figure. Sometimes I just have to remind myself that at the end of the day there will just be a whopping pay check with lots of overtime.
On the other hand, I take a day like today off and think about all the things that I still need to do. I have two shows worth of photos to sort and get posted online. There are a bunch of theatre department students who want them. I have wedding things that I should take care of, like calling our photographer or checking the address list. Yet I didn’t really do anything today except make breakfast and watch Stargate Universe. That is how a day off should be right? Plenty of time for everything else, just not today.