For those non-theater folk reading this, "tech" is a time when the show leaves the rehearsal studio and finally gets into the theater. You are dealing not just with actors, but also with lighting, sound, props, costumes...the technical aspects of the show hence the name. Anyways, its also the time when we are allowed to be called to rehearse 10/12 hours in a day. You want to talk about tired? I have been in tech rehearsals before but never for a show of this scale and it was completely different.
There was so much to learn: First how to prep my hair for wigs, how to pin the mic pack into my head, how a wig gets pinned into my head..all just for sound. Second, we get fully dressed in costumes and go stand on stage and start slowly going through the show from the beginning. Third, "I have how many costumes and they weigh how much?" The costumes in this show, designed by William Ivey Long (click to see just some of the broadway shows he's designed for), are gorgeous but the splendor of them starts to wear off once you've been standing in them for 5 hours straight and you think your going bald because your wig is pulling at your hairline, and your starving because technically your not supposed to eat in costume...
Once we slowly made it through the entire show which took about four days (yes four whole days for a 2.5hr show), we began to run the show, first very haltingly to make sure everything was going smoothly, and soon right through from beginning to end. Which was great! After days of standing and slowly walking from one number position to the next you forget that you are actually telling a singular cohesive story. So getting to do a full run through was a welcome change of pace.
What I've noticed in this process is that the pace is so fast you never get to become too comfortable where you are. No sooner than we learned the whole show, we were going into tech week, as soon as we staggered through our tech we were doing a full out run through, and after that first attempt..guess who was making an appearance the very next day? None other than Susan Stroman herself! The nervousness and butterflies never end.
But seriously, is this actually my life?