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"I must do something!" will always solve more problems than "Something must be done"

Maui Pops Orchestra @ The MACC

Posted by delta on October 27th, 2008

This, The Spooktacular, ran the 26th and 27th. 26th was the public event, and 27th was two kids shows in the morning – they literally ship the kids in throughout the whole island via bus…

About an hour before the show the stage manager came up to me and the audio guy and said that “we don’t have an intro. We have an intro every year for this and we have none right now.” We ran through what we had and then through what we could do with the time given and she said the magic words “We have 5 dancers in the back with jail outfits and the conductor will be dressed as V.” Neither of them had seen V before, but I had the plan from the moment she said that and went with it. We made 2 CD’s, one with emergency service sounds (fire trucks, ambulances, police cars, etc…), and one that started with 5 explosions, went into the sound of a battle (multiple machine guns, tanks, etc…), when they all died down you could hear a bomber dropping three bombs, in the silence after the bombs you heard 5 quick burst of single shot gun fire and then 3 spaced out shots…

The stage manager and audio guy sold the idea to the conductor and here’s what we had happen:
1) Sound began with the 5 explosions
2) Lights randomly lit up and off all over the theater and the fog machine covered the front of the stage…
3) About 10 second into the mahem, the dancers came out (in jail uniforms) and pretended to be running from something…
4) About 10 second later the three bombs hit, and then the burst of 5 gun shots – two of the dancers played dead…
5) The single shots took out the other three dancers
6) The conductor walked out as a triumphant V…

Anyway, you should have seen it. I should have recorded it, but I need a new camera. Very cool, especially if you consider how quickly we came up with it and that all sound came off of my iPhone!

We did not do this intro for the kids shows which ran this morning – don’t stress, we have more taste than that!

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