This is the start of the season’s busiest week at high schools across the Lower Hudson Valley, with 17 shows set to open this week on stages from Yorktown to Suffern, Harrison to Tappan Zee.
Some call it Production Week, or Tech Week. For most, it’s Hell Week.
By whichever name, it still means the same thing to every musical, high school or otherwise: Hours of rehearsals, of ironing out details, refining entrances and set changes, making sure the costumes are just right, that wigs fit snugly, that the makeup suits the character.
The orchestras — some with all students, others with hired professionals — will take their places, their members keeping one eye on the score and another on the conductor, while trying to sneak a peek at what’s happening on stage.
Crews will get specific — who moves what, and when — working to shave precious seconds off set changes.
There are tickets to be purchased and brownies to bake to sell at intermission. And flowers for the curtain call.
And before you know it: Opening Night.
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Photo by Peter D. Kramer/The Journal News: Spencer Cohen is Herr Schultz and Marissa Galletti is Sally Bowles in Yorktown High School’s production of “Cabaret.”