Thank you all so much for the comments and support you have given me this past week. It means a lot to me to have such great colleagues and friends!
Well, our second performance went way better than any of us expected. We hadn't done the show in over a week, and as I said, we had a different conductor than opening night. First of all, let me say that it is extremely challenging to do a show without the benefit of momentum. You have to just jump in headfirst and hope you can get back the show you had. When I heard the overture start up, I started feeling that opening night adrenaline again (it sort of felt like opening all over again in a way, although without a tech week.....weird), but it definitely took the first scene (if not the first act) to feel like I was doing our show again. I think we were all in the same boat (orchestra included) and we all dealt with it well. In a way, it was kind of cool. Some of the scenes felt maybe a little more spontaneous since we barely remembered what the H we were supposed to be doing. Our new conductor took over the reigns exceedingly well. What could have been a scary situation was handled beautifully by him. His stick is very easy to follow and his retention of our tempi was spot-on. I went home to Minnesota last week for fun times up north. Needless to say, between the beer, brats, and playing around in the lake, I felt like I hadn't sung in a year. oof. It went fine, vocally speaking, but I gotta keep up the singing this week!
Our next show is not until next Saturday...This is the weirdest schedule in the world.
There is a great timeline of the entire Skylight debacle here. Thanks again to Tony Clements for all his diligent blogging of the situation.
Here is a fun clip of excerpts from the production of Figaro I did in Vermont. Other than my rotundity and shameless overacting, I think it looks and sounds pretty good. I'm looking forward to seeing the whole thing.