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Mendy Smith

The Pit

May 27, 2011 at 2:23 AM

 It is that time of year again:  the annual production of the Houston Bar Association's "Night Court" musical comedy where lawyers and judges get up on stage and start singing for charity.  This year the show is "Law Wars".  Yup, you guessed it!  Star Wars, Star Trek, Dr. Who and the like with a sprinkling of pieces from "Hair" and "Wicked". 

The music isn't overly difficult.  What will be a challenge is keeping up the energy and stamina over the four days and five shows in the pit.  The pit is dark and crowded with musicians, mic's, wires and equipment.  Our "green room" will be similarly crowded but well stocked with comfort in mind (food, drink and maybe even some bean bags to lounge on).  We'll be rubbing elbows with the Houston Grand Opera folks as well as those from the Ballet down below stage and trying to keep them away from our food stash.  

Though show week will be grueling, I'm looking forward to the camaraderie that only being in a pit orchestra can provide.  Some of these folks I only see once a year for the show and others only when a call goes out for a special concert.  But once a year, we all convene in the pit for a good cause and have fun at the same time.

From Christina C.
Posted on May 27, 2011 at 5:41 PM

"What will be a challenge is keeping up the energy and stamina over the four days and five shows in the pit"


that's what the endless supply of overly sugary snacks are for! I remember you posting about this last time around but I didn't realize that there were pros in the group. What a wonderful opportunity! Enjoy!

From Mendy Smith
Posted on May 28, 2011 at 12:55 AM

 Christina,   there are no pros in the group, simply sharing the back-stage space with the pros.  When the ballerinas smell food, they come running ;)

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