…at the Alley last night.
I planned to get there about 6:45 (showtime was 7:30) in hopes of talking to the owner — Christine had been on vacation when I was hired as an emergency fill-in at cash register (and, eventually, sound). So I expected that 45 minutes before the show, it’d be quiet.
They were wrapping up a summer kids’ comedy camp with the traditional free show for the campers’ parents — the place was packed. So I did what I do naturally there – helped turn the theatre over for the 7:30 show.
Then word came from the back that several players hadn’t shown up (we think they never knew about being on the schedule) and the regular box office person (whose 2 sons are performers) had to switch to waitstaff so that one of her sons could play in the show. That meant Mr. Emergency (me, of course, silly!) got to work box office for a suddenly 2/3-full 7:30 show. Once I got my bearings, it went pretty well. And then we went from 60 to 0 by hitting a brick wall… the jazz show set for 10:00 drew a crowd of 3 people who were friends of the band and who thought that this meant they didn’t actually have to pay for anything. I believe the good folks over at LiveJournal’s “Customers Suck” blog call them Entitlement Queens… 🙂 Anyway, the band played on… for 2 hours… for 3 people. Yipe. 🙂
I have today free (but will definitely go over to Oldies to catch up on some production)… tonight it’s a doubleheader of Comedy Sportz at the Alley… tomorrow I’m at Oldies for production and my 6 hours of Oldies power (noon-6, in case you haven’t read the back entries) and then a sold-out show of “Sarah Laughed” (Comedy Alley’s Biblical musical) at 6:30… and then it’ll be Monday and back to Anthem.
Can’t wait for Labor Day weekend — it’ll be a relatively quiet 4 days… off Sept. 3 from Anthem, working a very quiet Saturday shift the next day at Anthem, and off Sept. 6 from Anthem (and probably Oldies). Before that, though, it’ll be another mad rush as I expect to be covering Jeff Beck’s show all week Aug. 30-Sept. 2. It’s going to be a fun schedule juggle, that’s for sure. 🙂