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Tech Week If You’re The Music Director But Not The Pit Director

January 21, 2011

I hate to say it, but if you’re not the pit director, you need to be a go-fer of sorts during tech week. Make yourself useful, stay out of the director’s way, and offer help wherever you can. Ask the pit director, “Is there anything I can help with?” Tactfully offer suggestions about balance after you’ve sat in various places in the theater. Take notes on a legal pad for use at the end of the rehearsal. Sit next to the director and listen carefully. Quietly save everyone time by giving notes to people when they’re not on stage. Go back and shut kids up who are talking in the wings. Give that old “If you can see the audience, the audience can see you!” speech. Tell that kid who’s having a conversation to go learn those lines he keeps forgetting. Work on the details everyone else is too busy to take care of.

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