A few months later (or what feels like 30 seconds), and I’m ASM 1 on The Magic Flute with Minnesota Opera. And we’re about to open. And I’m absolutely in love with this production. (more after the video)
See, at the macro level, there’s the master deck running document which covers both levels, all 6 doors, and a couple curtain pages. This is the document I, obviously, knew I would be creating, editing, and updating.
Yet, in order for our (seriously amazing) crew to run the show, each door, or set of doors, needs its own running paperwork that is attached to the wall near each sets of ropes. That means, on the micro level, there is running paperwork for door 1, door 5, door 6, and doors 2, 3, & 4 together.
Then, in order for our head carps to run their Level 2 tracks, I created a Level 2 master so they didn’t have to wade through everything that was happening with Door 6 as they were running their tracks upstairs.
At the end of the day, that means that a change in the deck running means a possible change in 6 separate documents.
And that’s just the paperwork aspect. Running level 2 - with all the organized chaos, choreographed patterns, tight quarters, and rather constant cues is some of the most fun I’ve ever had on a show. At one point, we have 7 singers, 7 carpenters, 1 dresser, and me on the second level while I’m calling back-to-back cues to flip all 5 doors multiple times, sometimes with only a few seconds between.