“It’s been a big week for our side. Over on the beaches of Normandy our boys have fired the opening guns of the long awaited drive to liberate the world.” ~ Glenn Miller during a radio broadcast of “I Sustain the Wings” on June 10, 1944
This is the third theater production of “In the Mood” by the Sky Performance Arts folks and I has not been without it’s challenges. But in some ways, it’s been the most satisfying to actually see come to the stage. Suzy and I stepped up in a big way to staff the band, assist in the promotion, and in Suzy’s case, assist with the costume preparation.
What great group of people, two many to mention here. You can see more of this group and track them year from year at the “In the Mood” group on Facebook. Here is a the video of Stormy Weather.
And here are some more pictures.
I first came to this show as a sub three years ago and stayed on as the bari sax player, playing 4 of 6 shows. I used to dread doing theater pit gigs because they tended to be death marches with long practice months in advance, and the 3 to 4 shows a week for up to four weeks. With a day job and family this can be a bit too much.
This group made it much more enjoyable by reducing the practice time, hiring a great director for the band, and providing a ringer in each row to help us pull it together faster. There were sectionals, playing to recordings and such to bring this show together.