When Tech week arrives things go into overload. There is a lot of hurry up and wait. All the moving parts have to come together to form the show.
Sets, lights, props, and costumes all begin to be utilized. Often these moving parts aren’t your responsibility. They are the responsibility of the crew. They handle the physical movement of sets, props (aside from assigned personal props) and lighting during the show.
You will sing through the show with the orchestra for the first time. It is only the cast and the orchestra. There are no costumes or lines. This is called a Sitzprobe. It allows the music director to address any problems between cast and orchestra.
You will be using body microphones and get mic’d up for the first time. Usually the process requires you doing a mic check to make sure your levels are good. If you are needed for mic check, get your mic, be on stage, and listen to your sound designer.
During tech week there are a lot of moving parts. So, come patient and pay attention.
It is during tech week that the director hands the show off to the stage manager. So, listen to the stage manager for information, like your call time.
During your lighting trials, listen for cues from the lighting designer who is trying to set the lights around your performance. If you hear “going dark”, freeze! The lights are about to go out for the designer to make changes. Moving around a stage in the dark could be dangerous!