It's Almost Time! / by David Johns


Well, we open in 8 days! The cast is almost ready, the set is almost ready... we're this close. If you've seen some of the pictures and videos on our Facebook page, you may have noticed some changes to the typical layout of the seating area. We have moved some things around to make this a more immersive show, including seats on the stage itself! (If you're allergic to cats, just take a Benadryl... you'll be fine!)  We've also brought out a theme in the show, bringing together what can seem like a disjointed show otherwise.

Over the next days, we are going to be putting the finishing touches on everything - sets, lighting, choreography and singing, etc. to put together a fantastic show for our patrons. While this part of the show means that we are all spending a lot of time at the theatre (and not all of us are as young as we used to be!), this is the rehearsal period I like the most, where all the separate parts come together in to a cohesive production. We figure out set and scene changes, costume changes, where the offstage traffic jams are; even things like when we have time to grab water after a particularly challenging dance sequence. It makes me think back to working on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier – you have to keep your head on a swivel and be aware of multiple things at once if you want to survive.

As the Stage Manager, it is my responsibility to oversee all of the craziness, tweaking as we go to make sure that everyone is able to be where they are supposed to be, when they are supposed to be there. I can’t, and don’t, do it alone, though. I am blessed to have not only other FMT staff members that help carry that load, but also a cast that takes ownership of their role offstage as well as onstage. Having more mature cast members helping younger ones know what they are doing, theatre veterans (young and old) giving new cast members pointers and helping their cast mates along the way makes my job that much easier. We don’t have many cast members that say “that’s not my job”, and everyone pulling the same way on the same rope helps us all move the show in the right direction. The end result is a show we can all be extremely proud of, and a production that you will hopefully walk away inspired by.