Ok, I guess I’m on a roll now, so here’s more!
After not doing much for the month of February, I was excited to jump into another show at my old alma mater, this time the high school’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” It was another great experience, a chance to deal with a smaller and more mature cast, but also to train the mixer, a fantastic 12th-grader named Kai, to go with the flow, since the show is line-by-line mixed but contains internal improvisation, an inevitable byproduct of having audience participants in the show! She also had to serve as her own A2, so we spent a lot of time on mic-rigging, problem-solving, and communicating effectively with stage management when things needed to happen quickly.
For my part, it was a great last gig in NY before heading back to a new project up in CT…Yale!
I was offered a position as a Wireless Microphone Technician on Yale Repertory Theatre’s production of “The Caucasian Chalk Circle.” It was a big play with original music and high high production values, and all 24 actors were in mic. I had a great experience working with the superb staff there, everything was in order when I arrived for tech, and from there I was able to simply take the RF off their hands and keep everything under control. I also was put in charge of a wireless IEM receiver that had to be tracked to different onstage positions and plugged into 2 different speakers to serve as both an iPhone and a baby…fun 🙂
In the middle of all this, I had the amazing opportunity to attend USITT 2015 in Cincinnati, OH as the first ever Early Career women In Sound Scholarship awardee. As part of my award, I received a generous travel stipend (definitely helped with the fact that I had to miss some of tech and previews to go…), and I sat on a panel about early career sound folks and got to be on the other side of the role model steps for a while! It was so moving to talk to students whose exact shoes I had been in just one year ago, and offer what advice I might have to give about surviving those early years and “career hustling” as I call it. It was also great to see old friends, meet new ones, and keep up those network contacts!
Between my three-ish sublets, a lot of 100-mile-a-day driving, the right amount of drinking, and once again being in tech over passover, it was quite a busy start to spring!