If you are a regular reader, you surely know by now that my family is busy this week working on the musical "The Music Man."
My wife and both kids are singers/actors/dancers (my wife and oldest daughter are in this show), and I'm more of the techie and musician. I'm not really sure which is more fun, actually. Prior to the shows, I'm involved in the tech stuff and love getting everything together.
This first shot is of my friend Larry, who is leading the tech group for this show. He is finishing up wiring in a supplemental 24 channel audio board to our usual 40 channel board. Just prior to this shot,someone leaned over the chairs and asked how we kept track of all the wiring. "It's easy", I said, "everything is color coded!" Of course, the color code is BLACK. (click on picture to enlarge, slightly!)
One of the coolest things, though, is when everything is done being wired. When the house lights are out, and just the stage is lit, all the blinking lights, backlights, and meters just glow in the darkness of the room. The tech control area looks like the bridge of the Enterprise or something! Ah, the thrills of being a geek.
This shot was grabbed near the end of a marathon 8.5 hour rehearsal. On stage, they are working on final details of the "Marian the Librarian" dance number with the major set elements in place. But try to ignore what's going on up there. Look at the lights! 64 channels of audio w/ dozens of wireless mics, plus area mics, the orchestra, computers to run the video, and on the far right, the lighting control panel. YES! A thrill a second for a tech nerd! (click on picture to enlarge, slightly!)
Come see the show to see the final product! Get your tickets here. We've already pre-sold nearly 1500 tickets, which beats our previous pre-show record of 1100. It's going to be fantastic. I guarantee it! Shows are this Thursday the 13th, Friday the 14th, Saturday the 15th (all at 7:30PM), and Sunday the 16th (at 2:30 PM). I hope to see you there!
"One Dad's Life" operational note: "The Music Man" will be consuming 100% of my time this week, and as a result, "One Dad's Life" will be a secondary priority. While I plan on continuing to post daily, it may be "One Dad's Life - Lite" and if I happen to miss a day - don't panic! At the very least, I will keep you updated on the show!
If you haven't read about it, yet, please click here to read about an incredible accomplishment by my oldest daughter, Rebecca!