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Mendy Smith

Restless in the Pit

June 16, 2013 at 5:58 AM

Tonight wrapped up the last of 5 shows for Night Court 2013. This year there were long stretches of dialog in first act, making a perfect opportunity to escape the pit for other adventures.

After the second song in Act I, two of my fellow musicians and I snuck out of the pit. We had a plan:


We dashed to the dance rehearsal room. Luckily it was empty since the Houston Ballet was in full swing for their show of Peter Pan. We commandeered two stands, a chair and the Steinway. The pianist placed his iPhone on the piano with the alarm set for 10 minutes next to his sheet music. We then proceeded to read through the first piece of Bruch's Pieces for Viola, Clarinet and Piano. It was difficult to keep the tempo Andante knowing we had a strict time limit to our illicit activity.

With a minute to spare, we dashed back to the pit, but found a few seconds for a quick group shot:


It wasn't the best of performances, but it was the most fun and exhilarating one I've had in a very long time. We plan on doing this again next year if we can.

From Laurie Niles
Posted on June 17, 2013 at 2:43 AM
This is an awesome reason to play hooky from the pit!
From Laurie Niles
Posted on June 17, 2013 at 2:43 AM
This is an awesome reason to play hooky from the pit!
From Laura Mozena
Posted on June 17, 2013 at 8:28 PM
I love it! Wish I had the guts to do something like this when I was in the pit.



From Charlie Gibbs
Posted on June 18, 2013 at 5:47 PM
This reminds me of a joke; I took a look for it and found a version even better than I remembered. Go to or just click here.
From Mendy Smith
Posted on June 19, 2013 at 1:24 AM

ROFL! We were playing in the referenced "opera house" and there is indeed a pub (Hard Rock Cafe) within walking distance. I won't mention that we had our own libations down in the orchestra room (one of the changing rooms). :)

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