The day every theatre person dreads has arrived! It’s time for the Technical Run Through. Luckily for us, the day before our Tech Run, a group of performers volunteered to go to the Chilliwack Cultural Centre to work with the techies to do a Cue to Cue run. This involved them giving each cue that would require a change in lighting, sound, or backdrops. Always an onerous, yet vital, procedure, the Cue to Cue was complete when we started our Tech Run.
All actors were called to the stage, and all of the back stage help was at the ready as well. For over five hours, we ran through the play, starting and stopping…adjusting, changing, trying again. Changing our blocking, changing our prop placement, moving the flies in and out as necessary.
You’d think after five hours, we’d have it all down. Unfortunately not. Our Tech Run would have to extend into Tuesday night’s dress rehearsal as well, as we needed to complete the second act before we could begin the dress rehearsal. Our Tech Run was an exhausting night for everyone involved, but it’s done and now time to move on to the Dress Rehearsals.
- Michael Berger