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Its that time again...

Here I go again, about to dive into the sea of puberty with another show. Its time for the spring musical at the school again, but there's a difference this year. This is the first year I get to take the lead and design lights. I've designed and ran lights for pageants (boring) and recitals, and for one other musical, but this is a first for me. The spring musical is a big deal at the school, a collaboration between the dance, drama, and choral classes. I'm a bit nervous about it because it is such a big deal. If this was supposed to be something smaller, like a recital (I've got to work on one of those in a couple of weeks, too), it wouldn't be as much of a big deal, but lighting is more important in a show like this. In a recital or even a pageant, the only real important thing is for the parents to be able to see their kids on stage, but for a real show, lighting can make or break a scene. I'm comforted in the fact that I'll have my usual lighting assistant...he knows what he's doing and is good at it (he's saved my ass a few times when I got stuck for a design here and there), and the choice of shows. They're doing Aladdin this year...seems that the Disney theme from last year's Beauty and the Beast stuck. While there will be obvious difference between this and the Disney version, there should be enough similiarity for me to work with.

The big downside to this show, other than my usual transportation issues, is most of the students I've gotten used to working with over the past couple of years graduated last year. That means there will be a whole new group of people who I don't know and who don't know how I work. I have a new group to teach my 'everyone gets nice once' rule. I try not to turn into a mega bitch when working on a show, but, if they won't listen when I try to be nice, it means they won't listen unless I'm a bitch. They don't know that if they piss me off they either get bad lights or they dance in the dark. I really don't want to have to threaten to eat a few souls quite yet. I also have the feeling I will probably have to act as a stage manager as well. I really don't like that. I'm happy to help out with whatever is needed, but I don't like having to wrangle actors, call times, make sure props are where they need to be, or be in charge of the mics. I ended up having to do it on the last show I worked on, and did pretty well, but I just don't need the added stress quite yet...maybe next week, after I have the lights taken care of.

As I say with many of my endeavors, this will be, if anything, interesting. I am glad I have another chance to work with lighting, and this will be a new challenge for me, which isn't all bad. Hell, I'll probably bring my camera along so I can try to work on my photography a bit when there is a lull in the chaos.

On a less stressful note...
I actually found something that sort of works as stress relief...holy shit!  I've tried a number of things to try to relax, or at least calm down when irritated, but nothing had worked.  I was irritated over still not having my rehearsal schedule yesterday and decided to spend a little time out in the yard with my camera.  Aside from it being a bit too hot, and way too bright, it was enjoyable.  I've wanted to work on a bit of photography for a couple of months, but was lazy about it, or couldn't find a good time to do it.  Things sort of worked yesterday, Jason was at work, and, more importantly, his mother was out of state for the day, so I could go out without having to deal with questions (mostly from her).  After maybe an hour of taking pics of the trees, various plants, and whatever else struck me as interesting, and trying not to get dive bombed by the bees, I felt a lot better, and rather pleased with the overall results.