Posted by Cliff Chamberlain.
I were to be asked to be a guest on
Inside the Actor’s Studio,
(not that I’ve thought about this at all)
And were asked the question,
“What is your favorite sound?”
I would respond with this:
“The sound of Tech.”
You know what I’m talking about, theater people.
(Do you know what I’m talking about, theater-goers?)
Tech is a quiet process.
It’s also very sleepy and tiring and long
And weird because you’re inside all day and you have no idea what time it is.
As for the specific sounds, here are my favorites:
The click-clack of cues being entered into the light board.
The whispers between the director and the designers in the back of the darkened house.
The conversations on headsets between the crew. (Usually you only hear one side of the conversation and a lot of the time you think they’re talking to you but they’re not and it’s totally bizarre.)
The shouts from offstage when set pieces fly in and out. Ah, safety.
The laughter amongst cast members backtsage when the “late-night tech delirium” kicks in. This laughter is usually prompted by something lame and ridiculous that under normal circumstances would not be very funny at all. Happens every tech.
The sound of a lone cast member standing onstage quietly saying their lines to themselves.
And now I’m wondering,
What are some of your favorite theater sounds?
For the record,
I also love the sound of an audience through the monitor from backstage,
Right before the show starts.
Annnnnd now I’m late for my train.
(How much do you hate the sound of your train leaving the station as you run up to it?)