Monday, August 20, 2018

Theater Summer Is a Different Season

by Sully Sullivan
from A Christmas Peril by J.A. Hennrikus

When you work in a summer theater, back to school has an entirely different meaning. It means your season is wrapping up, that you have a few short weeks to make your ticket selling goals, and that there's one more show to open and close. Summer theater is a marathon, not a sprint. No matter how much prep we do, or how ready we feel we are, there are the unexpected issues. This summer has included, in no particular order:

  • An actor with a burst appendix. This would be hard enough to deal with, but he was doing a one person show at the time. We subbed in a cabaret show for the rest of the run. It wasn't pretty.
  • A/C issues are always a problem, but this summer the temperature has been going up and down and down and up outside, and the A/C has been doing the same. Sadly, in the same direction. We need to buckle down and have a new system put in for next summer.
  • And then, there's the flash of brilliance that lights up the stage. Our Romeo and Juliet was fabulous. It was the best work Dimitri's done in years.

Soon, we'll be closed for the summer, and moving toward our annual A Christmas Carol. Boy, do I hope there aren't any dead bodies this year... is the website for one woman who has three names. As Julianne Holmes, she writes the Clock Shop Mystery series. As J.A. Hennrikus, she writes the Theater Cop series. And in January, Julia Henry will debut the Garden Squad Series. She is on Instagram and Facebook as @JHAuthors. She also blogs with the WickedCozyAuthors.

1 comment:

  1. Hope there won't be any heat issues (like the a/c problems) for the upcoming A Christmas Carol performances.