I’ve just recieved more info on the pit crew gig. Suzy and I are scheduled to audition for the pit crew as either a primary or sub musician. How exciting! This is from the follow up e-mail explaining the time requirements:
More info about the Secondstory Rep theatre: www.secondstoryrep.org. The “orchestra” that supports the theatre is mostly the people listed below (it’s not a big orchestra, because the space is actually very limited), and most of us are people with a “day job” who donate our time to the theatre. (For you Microsoft people, your time spent in the performances is eligible under Microsoft’s time-matching program.) Some actors/performers are compensated, but I don’t know how that situation works. Everyone who participates gets a pair of comp tickets to one performance of each show for the season (either opening or closing night is excepted – I forget which).
The show runs from 11/3 – 12/2 with performances every Friday and Saturday night, and two Sunday afternoon performances during the run. (I’m not sure which two Sundays, though.) The rehearsal schedule is still being set up, but the orchestra will start getting together for rehearsals starting around 9/23 (most rehearsals will be on the weekend), a few rehearsals with the cast two weeks prior to opening, and then the “grind” up to opening night, which is every weekday evening for the week prior to opening night, with our final dress rehearsal (and “pay what you can preview”) on the Thursday just before opening night.
Since the orchestra is small, someone who can pinch hit various ranges often comes in handy for orchestration purposes (I often play trombone parts using my French horn), and so having experience playing multiple different types of saxes would be really awesome.
Like I said, it is a big time commitment (basically a month where you give up your weekend nights – including Thanksgiving weekend), and the compensation is, well, peanuts, but it’s also a lot of fun, you meet some great people, and it’s a really great opportunity to grow, musically.
Cross your fingers for us!