The cast and crew are packing up in Plymouth and Neil updates us as the show moves to Bournemouth…
As I write this, it’s the final Saturday in Plymouth and everywhere round the theatre frantic packing is going on. When you have been in a theatre for four weeks you really do settle in and combined with all the shopping the company seem to do, you soon run out of space in dressing room boxes, cases etc.The Paul Mathews trailers (aka the Blue Boxes of Doom) are waiting at the theatre’s dock door – packed full of the flight cases for the lighting and sound equipment.Wardrobe are packing all the understudy costumes and the massive amount of spares, haberdashery etc – not to mention the full set of kitchen equipment they seem to tour with…On a final Saturday at a venue Steve our touring Carpenter and Nick (Lighting) will have both shows off as they will be working all night taking the show out. We will also be joined later by our production team of Carpenters, Riggers, Electricians and automation technicians who have to take the show apart and load it on the trailers.
Plymouth has been a really good 4 weeks. After the initial torrential rain the sun really did come out, there are so many things to see in the local area and the company have done trips to the Eden Project, Paignton Zoo and many an educational visit to the Gin Distillery.
For most of the 4 weeks the Von Trapps have been on school holiday and our trusty team of Chaperones have really had their hands full filling their days. The children seem to have had a great summer on the show and really have done some amazing things, but I think that the Chaperones are quite glad that school is back and the children have to be tutored all day.
On the subject of children, last weekend was the final auditions for our new teams of Von Trapps – it really amazes me how quickly time passes on the show – and in just 4 weeks rehearsals start to get the children ready to join the show in November. Wardrobe will have to start the costume fittings for the new children and the weeks of work of alterations, labelling and so on will start.
Since my last blog we have loads more followers on the shows Twitter account (@soundofmusicuk) and it really is great to get the instant feedback we do.
We have also had loads of visitors to the show in Plymouth, lots of the last cast (who we all really do miss) and also a really good friend of the show Hazel – who flew down from Scotland to support us (and also brought loads of goodies.)
The Theatre Royal staff couldn’t have been better and friendlier – we have been so lucky this year to play some amazing venues – special mention must go to the Theatre Royals’ Green room (this is a backstage café) – the food has been amazing!
Next stop Bournemouth!!
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