The process of moving into the theatre is known by different names around the English-speaking world: set-in, bump-in, and load-in. All mean the same thing: a long day where the set is moved from the rehearsal space into the performance space, the lights are hung and focused, and the theatre is made ready for the show's season. Here in FoCo, this day is known as "set-in".
Sunday morning dawned bright and chilly. Aaron headed to the theatre, an easy two blocks from our house, at 8am to help hang lights. I arrived at the warehouse at 10am and met Spike, our set designer and builder, and a small group of volunteers - Bruce, Rose, and Patricia. We helped to load the truck with the set pieces. Bruce was on driving duty, and it took two trips from the warehouse to the theatre to load in the set.
At the theatre we were joined by our stage manager Aubrey, cast members Al, and Bas, and volunteers Shannon, Emelina, Steve, Evin, and Grant. We taped down the floor, and moved in the set.
Once the set was in place, the lighting crew, headed by Brandon, were back to finish focusing the lights. Mercedes was up on the genie (like a miniature cherry picker), Karlee was on the lighting board bringing up cues, and Aaron and I helped to move the genie around as required. Price and John, our projection designers, were busy working on aligning the projections to the set. Super cool to see the footage from the green screen filming come to life on the set!
A loooong day, but exciting to see the set in place and the technical elements of the show starting to come together.
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