Comedy tomorrow, opera tonight!
I was back at the San Francisco Opera with Dave Maier last week, helping out at an intro to stage combat workshop for the staff. We did something similar in January for the public as part of the opera’s Overture series, which introduces audience members to various behind-the-scenes aspects of theater. That first workshop got written up in SF Weekly, which I totally meant to post about.
There was a special treat this time, one we didn’t see in January: a clip of the opera’s production of Showboat. We were watching for the fistfight at the beginning — and well done, Dave! — but I also really enjoyed the sheer spectacle of the production, even in the short clip. I don’t usually go to the opera, or to big musicals, and I forget how much fun it is to see a zillion people dance and sing on a life-size set. So maybe I’ll be back at the opera soon — without the weapons bag this time.