Standby. And go.

“Light cue one, standby”

A hush falls over the audience. The indiscernible chatter backstage fades out until the entire cast is prepped and ready to go, silent in their excitement. The headset is silent, everyone waiting for the inevitable cue.

“And go.”

Blackout.

“Cue Spot one. Go”

A single light lands.

“Standby.” The chord swells and “go.”

The light surrounds a man. In unison with the orchestra, he opens his mouth and begins to sing. Behind him, the cast echoes his emotion and his words.

“Standby.” Breath in as the chorus arrives. “Go.”

The explosion of light heralds the explosion of sound.

“Fly, standby.” The cast clears to the wings.

“Spot two, standby.” They leave just one person on the stage.

“GO!” Behind the single remaining character arrives a scene, a setting. Light falls, colouring the scene in an iridescent shade of blue.

“Light cue four, standby.” He tells a story. He invites the audience in. Behind him, and behind the flown in set, the ensemble moves, just as integral to the story as he is. “Standby lights. Standby fly.”

Everyone is set. He prepares to land his note. “Go.”

Lights up. Scenery up. Everyone is framed. Faces are joyous, emotion is strong. The audience is sucked in. The actors pour out their hearts.

“Go.” The lights follow the actors.

“Go.” The emotion evoked by the singers is echoed by the inanimate objects controlled by the crew.

“Go.” Again, a shift in lighting paints an action packed sequence with emotion. The gels paint the scene in a certain light.

“Standby sound.” A whirl and a twist. Spinning, enchanting, the cast moves to entrance. “Standby sound for fade.”

The music climaxes. The sound designer adjusts for the outpouring of music. “Standby lights.” The song finishes. “Go.” The audience is blinded. “Go.” The stage is swathed in black.

“Prepare to catch, Stage Right.” Objects come hurtling off stage.

The actors hurry off following the set that had transformed a bare stage and preparing for the change in place and pace. “Standby fly.”

“Fly loft, go.” Avoiding the incoming set, the actors rush back on stage, so aware of their surroundings that they no longer need lights.

“Standby stage right. And go.” A desk zooms onto stage, timed precisely to avoid any misplaced actors.

“Standby lights.” Everyone takes his or her place. The scene is set. “And go.”

 

 

 

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