A Tornado Stopped Our Show!!!

In ALL my time on stage, not ONCE has a live show been halted to a complete stop...until Wednesday night.

This week started off with a blitzkrieg of Violet: The Musical. We put a LOT of work towards getting Violet ready for the space/tech once The Fantasticks closes. This show is going to be very different than the usual presentation. The actors are frequently also the band and we are utilizing a lot of different props and set pieces to create numerous atmospheres without flying in obvious things like a bed, bus seats, and the usual scenery.

I'm really enjoying telling the story of Father in Violet. He's very human. His story is very tangible, and I think a lot of people see much of their own fathers in his words and story. Plus, I get to revisit my old passion of playing the strings. Remembering how to navigate the fingerboard, positions, fifths, harmonics, slides, all sorts of style induced by vibrato. Really cool stuff.

 

Now back to Tornadoes.

Wednesday was our first day back to The Fantasticks after two days away from it. We had a brilliantly packed matinee, a crowd bused over specifically for our show. They loved every bit of it. We were all giggly with happiness from the highly spirited show, but that led us all to feel a little under-energized for the evening (something that was cured by energy drinks and ridiculous backstage antics.)

Already a strange show, a Wednesday evening crowd is usually not the most vibrant, yet we were prepared to give them our very best regardless! The weather that had been brewing over the past few days swung between a little too cold for summer, boiling heat, and a heavy rainfall. This evening was no different, but the dark clouds promised some specifically eventful happenings.

We were just about to complete Act 1. El Gallo (me) had just "died" by the hand of Matt when the sirens started to leak into the theater. With much comedic flair I had laid my 6'4" 200lb frame on the ground when the stage manager called the show to a halt. Unfortunately we were put into a position where it was a bit difficult to maintain character and composure, a few of the actors and audience members were genuinely concerned. Being a native Oklahoman, I've lived out similar scenarios (although never during a show) all throughout my life. I wasn't concerned and was kind of hoping that we'd just continue on with the show. But, the siren was rather loud and I'm sure it was quite concerning to the audience unaware of the severity of the warning.

When we returned from intermission I could frequently hear weather alerts going off in the audience and backstage, sometimes for neighboring counties and of course the pending Flash Flood warning...

In the end, everyone was fine...but it was a rather interesting evening/show that created a unique experience for this wonderful group of people.

Until Next Time,

Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Your Absolute Best Doing It.

Kasey (Ol') Yeargain