It’s over now, the music of the night…
After a wildly successful 12 night run, my Phantom of the Opera experience is finally at an end. I’m still finding it difficult to articulate just how amazing, challenging, inspiring and phenomenal it has been to be involved, and how much I have learned over all the different facets of a full scale theatre production, from helping rig intelligent moving lights to fitting the cast’s radio microphones.
My sincerest and heartfelt thanks to Sandra Davies, CLOC’s Stage Manager Extraordinaire, who I learned so much from it’s hard to quantify in one brief sentence. Watching Sandra and her ASM Rosie work together was like a ballet in itself, beautiful, precise and mesmerising.
To Crisanne Fox, CLOC’s amazing Set Dresser, and Brenton Staples the Set Designer – you have both inspired me more than I can say. Just the brief time I was able to spend with these two amazingly talented folk has cemented in my mind that set building is where I want to be. Working in the warehouse and in the theatre with these two was like being a kid in a candy store for me!
I’m also indebted to Lighting Designer Stelios Karagiannis and LSS Audio technician Johnny Lo Ricco, and theatre technicians Nat, Linda and Mick, who became much like my teachers and mentors in my time away from my studies – thank you all for being so generous with your time and so open in sharing your knowledge with me.
To Paul Belli, my side of stage manager. Your ability to run the stage with such calm and precision, while simultaneously making me laugh until my sides hurt was phenomenal. Your reminders that as hard as we may work, it is important to still have fun were invaluable to me.
To the wonderful, talented cast, who were so friendly, approachable and down to earth.
And last but so far from least, my intrepid fellow crew members – thank you for being part of my team in this amazing production.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.