Friday, May 04, 2012

Back Stage

I spent a good part of the day in rehearsals for Pirates of Penzance, a musical by a local high school that is being performed at our junior college. I thought I'd share some pictures from the orchestra point of view. I hope you enjoy them.

Modesto Junior College
Music Building is where I spent two years as a piano student and accompanist over 30 years ago. Many good memories flood my mind as I walk past. Large building in background is the auditorium where we are performing Pirates of Penzance.

Standing on the stage, looking down into the orchestra pit. You can see my music stand with MJC stamped on it. Orange tape on the stage floor is to warn the cast not to go any farther. It's quite a drop.

Still on stage, looking down at the piano. The music stand belongs to conductor Janine R., whose head sticks out above the stage floor. She can see what is going on in the show to give the orchestra cues, and can direct the singers when necessary.

Down in the orchestra pit - under the stage
The view from the percussion section

Opposite side of the room - the view from the woodwind section

My view from the piano
I can't see anything on the stage or in the audience. Orchestra members probably will get a DVD of the show so we can find out what we missed.

The show opens tomorrow. There are four shows over Friday and Saturday. It should be fun.

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