This was our first appearance at John Hill Auditorium. Â We had a few challenges during the day, the first one was getting the equipment into the theatre. Â We had several large football players from Georgetown College as loaders so they managed to get several tons of equipment up the steps and onto the stage.
The second challenge came when the Fire Marshall became concerned about the backstage area. Â The backstage area is small and our cases are really big. Â He was concerned that we might block some of the fire exits. Â Between Dr. Burnette and Cindy, they were able to come up with a plan that pleased him. Â Once that plan was approved, Cindy, Ethan, and Alan kicked into high gear to get it all set up. Way to go guys!
Next, Keith and I moved on to getting the backdrop in the air…and the conventional and intelligent lighting. Â Keith got our board hooked up and everything patched very quickly. Â In the end, everything worked out great.
The crowd started to build at 7pm and doors opened at 7:30pm. Â The auditorium was almost half full immediately as people took their seats. Â By 8pm, we were packed and they were putting people in the balcony and along the back wall.
I had a couple of surprise guests in the crowd. Â We always appreciate the support of the local magicians who come to the show. Â I had the chance to visit with some of them afterwards. Â I also had some friends from my high school days who live in Richmond, KY drive up to see the show. Â It was great seeing them as well – lots of memories. Â And my Aunt Martha and cousin Mary Beth drove in from Louisville. Â It’s been almost 17 years since I’ve seen my Aunt (and she hasn’t changed a bit).
The audience was excited, enthusiastic, with more energy than the room could hold! Â Great volunteers, great reactions and responses, and a standing ovation in the end.