After 3 weekends, A Christmas Story is finally getting light and sound tech whipped into shape. We are over halfway though with the run. The problem with tech has been that so many different people have been doing it and we have not had a consistent crew. There is nothing more frustrating to an actor than to be standing in light or darkness waiting for the lights to go down or up. During the first couple of weekends there were times when I had to give lines in complete darkness. I had no choice.
Of course A Christmas Story is a very complicated script. Lots of lights up and down with indoor, outdoor and fantasy scenes which take place all over the stage. The techs really have to pay attention and be ready with the next light and sound queues.
This is the second time I have done this show. The first was in 2007 at Act1 Theater in Alpharetta. I think I would like to do this every year but unlike A Christmas Carol, A Christmas Story is not done every year in Atlanta.
A Christmas Story and A Christmas Carol will be the last shows Kudzu will produce. Due to financial troubles (and who doesn’t have them), Kudzu is having to close their doors after 20 years.
It is with great sadness that we announce that Kudzu will be closing after our Christmas shows this year. We have to be out of our current location by January 14. We have survived a lot over the twenty four years we have been doing theatre in Georgia (20 years in Roswell in 4 locations) but this time, the economy has just been too tough for too long and we are unable to keep our doors open past the end of the year. We wish to thank the many patrons, season ticket holders, actors, directors, donors, volunteers, and many others who have become part of the Kudzu family through out the years. It has been a great run and we have loved every minute of it. It saddens our hearts to have this happen, but there are many great and happy memories that will live on in our hearts and we hope in yours also. And knowing that we have added to the arts and the hearts of so many gives us great happiness. But we want all of you to know we have truly been blessed to have had the wonderful relationships with all of you. Many of you are more like our family than friends. Thank you to everyone who has ever crossed our doors, and may we see each other in the times to come. Your outpouring of good wishes and love is the only thing that is keeping us going right now. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.
We love you all,
Wally & Jeannie Hinds