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If you have read my recent post, All You Have To Do Is Dream (and if you haven't, why not?), you would know that I have now spent a lot of time in show pits - first as a violist, and then musical director/conductor. Ever wonder what it looks like in the pit with the orchestra? While each venue is different, and some "pits" are actually just spaces near the stage, here is a look at one in which I have worked. The larger shot was taken while the stage and sets were still being built. You can see my script on my left and my score and notes in front of me. You may also notice the set of claves and the slide whistle on my stand. Yes, I even got to play a few instruments during this show. (Little Shop of Horrors)
In the insert, you see me (thanks to my son taking this picture) actually conducting during a performance. (This was an unusual set-up as most of the band was actually behind me here.) You can also see a bongo drum to my left which I played as well.
This set shows just some of the involvement of my family in music. I concentrated only on the musical theater aspect and not some of the other bands that we have played in - together and separately.
Going clockwise - me (and my viola) in a show pit ... my wife and I at the Tony Awards presentation at Radio City Music Hall in NYC ... my son and daughter at an early rehearsal of Guys and Dolls (my daughter was visiting and decided to sit in) ... my son coming from backstage after his final college performance in Chicago (The Musical, not the city ... note the soprano & tenor saxes, the clarinet and the stand to hold them all) ... me conducting one of my show bands.
This week, you will notice that all three parts of this post are "home-grown" so to speak. (No chance of us picking the same video this week Thea.) This is closing night of Fiddler on the Roof at the Snug Harbor Cultural Center here on Staten Island. That is my son on clarinet and my daughter on flute. This has special meaning for me as it was the final performance of the final show my daughter would play in a pit band for me, as shortly after this night she moved to Florida.