On Friday, November 18, we opened our 2011-2012 Season with The Lion in Winter. It was an incredible day that included a lot of really, really hard work from our team. Some extra permitting requirements had everyone working overtime -but our lovely concrete walkway, extra railings, and super-reinforced risers will all make the theatre experience more comfortable.
Opening Night had some extra drama and I'll let Jillian Owens from the Austin Chronicle tell you all about it!
I will say the lights were restored shortly after and we learned a new lesson about generator maintenance and were reminded again what amazing pros we have both on and off stage.
The rest of Opening Weekend was fairly uneventful in comparison!
We took Thanksgiving off and then got back to work Friday night. On Saturday, cooler temperatures and high winds tested the limits of our tent. The heaters we had just weren't enough and we made the difficult decision to cancel the performance. Our heartfelt thanks to Saturday's extremely gracious audience, many of whom came right back and caught the show on Sunday. We've added several high-powered heaters and are working out a plan for greater insulation and energy efficiency.
We will continue to improve our little tent to make it as comfortable as possible. Huge thanks go out to all that have supported our efforts over the past months. We have a long way to go to get to our permanent home, but we will get there with your help.
|At 7pm on Opening Night volunteers finished cleaning the seats to get them ready for the audience!|
|Don Toner and Mike Toner finish the railing just in time for Opening!|