Monday, May 02, 2005

African Footprint

African Footprint crewI worked for the African Footprint theater show in the Pepsi Stage. The show has been on the road for about 5 years now. Working for such a production, you come to realize how badly they are treated. There's no catering, they have to pay their own drinks. I bet the pay is lousy too. So why do they do it? I think because of the strong bond you create when you're together for a long time. It was their last show for some time. When the show was over, they cheered and hugged eachother as only good friends do.
The loadout was hard. We were understaffed with only ten stagehands. With musical productions like this, you have a lot of set-pieces and stage props that need to be handled. This time they didn't have any carts to put the stuff in, so we had to load it in the trucks piece by piece. It took us until half past 2 in the morning to get everything out of the venue. That's one hour over time. But I'm not complaining. I work with great colleagues and the road crew turned out to be very friendly as well.

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