Thursday, September 27, 2007

Overdoing it

Our school (nearly) did a production of Jesus Christ Superstar back in 1974. We were on a run- Joseph, Rock Nativity, Godspell. At the full dress rehearsal, as Jesus stood dying on the symbolic cross, I lit the theatrical smoke pellets to show up the light beams for the resurrection.

One would have been more than enough. Two was way too much and the rehearsal quickly ground to a halt as the musicians couldn't see their music. They then couldn't see the exit as everyone coughed their way out of the hall!

Then the bombshell- we didn't have musical clearance, wouldn't be able to get it and were told we couldn't perform it. (If we had gone ahead we would have been prosecuted).

The music teacher was gutted. So was I- I had a tube of pellets left & now knew they were far too smoky! I stuck to flashes and dry ice after that.

It wasn't immaturity-just lack of experience. (H/T James)


jmb said...

One of the best musicals IMO. Too bad, but you wouldn't have wanted to have a criminal record, now would you?

Lord Higham- Murray said...


Welshcakes Limoncello said...

What a disaster! I feel for your teacher - and for you!