I literally can not wait. This show, I was smart enough not to go to work on the show days, because I'm absolutely useless, anyway. All I can think about is doing the show. The day just crawls.
Last night, we had our "preview" final dress rehearsal and it went really well, with one major technical difficulty - Oliver Warbucks couldn't make it onto the stage for the radio show scene! What a bummer! The scene is so hysterical. However, the lock on the door he needed to come through malfunctioned and he was unable to get through the door to the stage! He was literally trapped a few feet from where he needed to be on stage. Any alternate route to the stage was too long, and the scene continued without him.
We've made sure this is NOT possible for tonight's opening!
The orchestra was also really tight, despite missing a key musician for the preview. We'll be in full force tonight for the opener! (full disclosure: I'm playing keyboards)
To hopefully tantalize you into coming to the show, I've included two shots that our stage manager, Larry, took at Wednesday's rehearsal. Both are from scenes in the Warbucks mansion.
The first picture shows much of the house staff, with Oliver Warbucks behind his desk and Annie and Grace sitting on the settee. My wife also appears in this scene, in one of her three roles - this time as a maid in the mansion. She is the maid on the front right, in the middle of the picture. She also plays a bum in Hooverville and one of the three singing Boylan sisters in the radio show. You MUST click on this picture for a better view!
Interesting note on the staging. The chandelier was handmade by our set builders for this show. It is made up of THOUSANDS of pieces of hand-cut glass that were cut and assembled by the set people! They are NUTS.
Next, is an action shot of Annie (in the final, famous, Annie outfit) running across the stage. I'm not exaggerating when I say that you will not find a better Annie, anywhere! Annie is played by the young Grace Robertson, and she is doing a phenomenal job! Again, click on the photo to enlarge.
Show dates and times are as follows:
- Friday, September 18th - 7:30 PM
- Saturday, September 19th - 7:30 PM
- Sunday, September 20th - 2:30 PM (Matinee)
- Friday, September 25th - 7:30 PM
- Saturday, September 26th - 7:30 PM
- Sunday, September 27th - 2:30 PM (Matinee and final show)
The show is at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church in South County at 5252 S. Lindbergh Blvd, Saint Louis, MO, 63126. For long-time South County residents, we are in the old Target building, next to Incredible Pizza (our tenants).
I'd recommend getting to the show 30 minutes in advance. Ticket sales open about 1 hour before the show. All seats are reserved. Tickets are also available in the church office between 9 AM and 3 PM, and during any of our church services. You can get more information, or reserve tickets online by going to the Christ Memorial Productions website.