We Did It!

All of our hard work paid off tonight!  After a week and a half of intensive theatre and business work, we opened our show and let an audience in.  And it went really well!  But I am getting ahead of myself.  That was the end of the day!  We still had a full day of work before opening!

Students waiting for the show to begin.

Students waiting for the show to begin.

Starting at 9am, each play had 20 minutes to rehearse their show.  Then, at 10am, everyone involved in the technical side of the production gathered to run the transitions between each play.  They did this twice before actors joined in order to run a cue-to-cue.  For this, we did the beginning and end of each play and then ran all of the transitions, including the musical acts that perform during the transitions.  This took us all the way until lunch.  Following lunch, there was a mass cleaning of Björklunden.  Everyone pitched in to make the lodge look its best so that we could open it up to the public.

At 3pm, we had our final dress rehearsal and everything went incredibly smoothly.  This rehearsal made us all realize that we had, in fact, succeeded in creating a theatre company and a show in just a week and a half.

We have a theater!

We have a theater!

We have a light board and everything!

We have a light board and everything!

Following dinner we did last minute preparations, actors got into costumes and people working backstage put on their blacks.  It was time to start the show.  The audience was small but very enthusiastic and everything went incredibly well.  We had a reception afterwards and talked to people who came to see the show and just had a great time.