Yup, tomorrow sees the move-in to the theatre for “Beggars’ Opera”. It isn’t in as bad a nick as some of the TW4 shows have been at this stage, though the usual suspects have the usual problem with lines. The big choral and dance numbers are all fine, and there are a couple of really very strong individual performances (especially Mrs Peachum, Jenny Diver, and Matt the Mint), but some of the minor scenes are still rather under-rehearsed.
The music is sometimes a bit of a struggle … I’m a little worried about getting a balance between the performers being able to hear enough to keep the dances in time and not drowning the voices. I’ve arranged (I hope) to hook the MD’s midi-box into the PA, and am desperately hoping that we don’t have to mic up either violin or flute as I don’t have mic’s – though might be able to borrow from Questors if we really need to. The sound will have to be strictly “set-and-forget”, as we don’t have a Sound Op (and there probably wouldn’t be room for one, anyway: Freddie is operating a follow-spot from the perch, alongside Richard on LX).
I feel curiously disengaged from this one, despite being on the Committee, and having been to several rehearsals and runs. Perhaps I just don’t quite hook in to Freddie’s vision for it (off-modern dress in patches), or perhaps it’s written as the kind of pastiche piss-take that I don’t get much from repeated viewings of. But I don’t think it will end up being discreditable to any of those involved, even if perhaps not quite as glamorous a celebration of the 35th year as could have been wished. More new blood continues to come in to the group, so there’s hope that things will continue … but, as always, there isn’t a lot of spare money!
Perhaps I’ll give the SM thing a rest for the November production, if anyone else can take it on. But I don’t want to upset Clive (who’s directing) – I think he’s already feeling people are leaving it too late to really think about stuff. The Questors has been provisionally booked or the first week in November …
Work has been a bit hectic – I seem to have been landed with preparing the Annual Report and rather more of the Accounts stuff than I’d hoped for. Still, just about got things under control for 1830h on Friday … just as well: I’m now not in until the afternoon of the AGM on Weds 20th, due to mollocking about in the theatre.
Two quotes now in for a replacement Fire Alarm, and still chasing the third … I may have to go elsewhere. The really good news is that we had an inspection at 2 hours notice on Thurs 7th, and we now comply (subject to carrying out various stuff already in progress) – this was confirmed by letter on Monday. Whoopee ! Well, it has been about 8-10 hours a week of my time for the past three months …
MJPL pointed out to me a couple of weeks ago that there seemed to be a problem with my website. On iinvestigation, the index page had disappeared. I took an hour or so to re-constitute it: I hope I’ve now managed to fix my website – it turned out that (sod’s law) the corrupted index page was the single page that I didn’t have a sensible working backup of (or, if I have, I can’t find it). Anyway, I hope I’ve re-created something to do the job, but will have to go back and do a proper fix ‘cos I suspect it won’t work well for anyone who has flash turned off…., as I e-mailed to him on Mon 4th.
However, it’s done it again, and an investigation shows that it’s due to a hi-jack by a rather unpleasant Trojan called “gumblar.cn”, which attacks a flash / php setup. From what I’m reading, it seems to be a bugger to get rid of! So that will have to be a project over the next few days between Theatre stuff. In the meantime, I’ll just put up a basic page, probably. BASTARDS! Time for a lot of in-depth scanning of PC and stuff, I think.
I’ve now tried deleting all the obsolete stuff that uses .php, and changed the ftp login and password – so lets see how long it lasts!