The 2008 Metropolitan Atlanta Theater Awards nominations were announced yesterday. The two plays that I was in and reviewed were Breaking Legs and A Christmas Story.
Breaking Legs at Kudzu Playhouse
Best Major Supporting Actor in a Play – Chris Arapoglou – “Mike Francisco”
Best Minor Supporting Actor in a Play – Jay Croft – “Frankie Salvucci”
Best Set Design in a Play – Wally Hinds
A Christmas Story at ACT1 Theater
Best Minor Supporting Actress in a Play – Martha Kennedy – “Miss Shields”
Youth Award in a Play – Bobby Cookson – “Ralphie Parker”
Youth Award in a Play – Andrew Hudson – “Randy Parker”
Best Costume Design in a Play – Anne Voller
Best Set Design in a Play – Rich Vandever & Gayley Crockett
Best Lighting Design in a Play – Murray Mann
Best Sound Design in a Play – Murray Mann
Jeannie and Wally looked for a wig or skull cap that looked real so I would look like I was balding with just a fringe of hair. It is actually mentioned in the play. So no luck on a wig. So I am going to do it… Shave My Head. For this weekends show (Saturday, March 22nd and Sunday, March 23rd), I will shave most of my head except for the “fringe”. Then for the next 5 weekends I will be completely bald and hair.
This also means that for the Atlanta Unifieds, I will not look like my headshots, but a bald guy with a beard.
It was very interesting, instructive and, I suppose, fun doing light and sound for the 2006 run of A Christmas Carol at Kudzu Playhouse.
There were lots and sound and light changes. And now for the combinations: Simultaneous light and sound, simultaneous sound with actor (each ghost had a sound for pointing), simultaneous light with actor actions, and several of the more difficult light and sound followed immediate by another sound (I had two Mini disk players), and a few fade sound, queue and play another sound.
As long as I took my time and paid attention I had no problem, but with 120+ changes I never had a perfect night. My hope was to be as transparent to the audience as possible. As long as the audience did not notice, everything was cool. For the most part I was.
On the final night (of any play), Wally and Jeannie hand out a package with a letter, cast photo, VIP passes, etc. In the letter to the Cast and Crew of A Christmas Carol, there was high praise for me: A big thanks goes to Jay for such a great job as our tech. He came in as a novice and finished as a true professional.