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washington, dc
posted: 7/23/2004 at 11:30:52 PM ET
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So i was over at the Kristin Chenoweth board and they had an interesting topic about bloopers in show's that people on the board have been in...since i am unoriginal and such I was just wondering if anyone on this board has any good bloopers from shows they've been in... if so, do tell...


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posted: 7/24/2004 at 12:01:56 AM ET
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this year doing the Pajama Game, our 'Prez' was quickly changing in the back hall of the music wing behind the auditorium while we were performing for 5th and 6th graders from the middle school and senior citizens... and he starts running back and forth through all the rooms cursing that he can't find the shirt he needs. He was seriously cursing and being crazy. during intermission, our director came back and took all of us with mics into a room and warned us that if it was to happen again he would personally kick our asses.

also, in Guys and Dolls, the year before, our 'Nicely Nicely', who was a girl, went backstage to the girls dressing room and we're all watching the show on a tv that they connect into the rooms for us to catch our cues and such... and she was saying "this audience is so lousy. they're not laughing at anything." about the middle school kids in the matinee and all of a sudden there's laughter and u hear backup from the tv and her mic, and we are all flipping out that her mic was still on when she left the stage. it was pretty funny... but the little kids didn't stop laughing about it for the next 2 scenes at least, and they missed some stuff that they probably would've laughed at.

oh, also this year, in the Pajama Game, in 'Babe's' kitchen our 'Pop' missed the cue cuz he didn't know that intermission was even over yet, and never showed up on stage, so the 4 of us on stage adlibbed all sorts of crap (Bernadette likes this word) until we figured a way to get off and run and get him... anyways, it worked... was slightly awkward, but w/e. it wasn't too funny though.

that's all i can think of at the moment, or rather am able to type without collapsing onto my keyboard right now.

"It was like being high when you reach those high notes."
~Bernadette Peters

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Bethel Township, PA
posted: 7/24/2004 at 12:09:48 AM ET
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When I was in Oklahoma in high school we had an incident during rehearsal when Jud and Curly were fighting. At one point, Curly pushed Jud and he fell on his knife (plastic knife). But, Jud landed hard and was in a lot of pain. So the director told one of the students to call an ambulance. So this freshman boy ran down the hall and called 911 and said, "My friend fell on a knife and he is in a lot of pain". When the ambulance arrived, the EMTs ran in and were completely confused when they didn't see any blood. My director finally straightened things out and everything turned out ok. Jud only had a few bruised ribs....which I was worried about cause he was my prom date!

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posted: 7/24/2004 at 12:18:17 AM ET
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Also, when I was in Bye Bye Birdie, Conrad Birdie had to wear this white Elvis looking costume. Well, it was opening night and he wore these bright Hard Rock Cafe boxers. You could see his boxers right through his costume and we only had 20 minutes till curtain. Our director made him call his mom and have her rush over a white pair of boxers! It was very funny at the time.

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posted: 7/24/2004 at 12:46:21 AM ET
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Last weekend I was in a professional performance of a light opera. I was pretty much on stage the entire time of the show, however there is are two points when I got at least one entire song off stage so I could do a costume change during the first one and then on the second one I would just refresh myself with some water and kick back for a few minutes. costume change ALWAYS ended up coming really fast. It seemed like I never had any time to really change and catch my breath before I had to be onstage again. So I put my shirt and vest on and then started with the pants and suspenders. As I'm walking out of my dressing room and frantically trying to run down the stairs to get to the stage before the song ends I start zipping my zipper up and all the little links one by one kept coming off. I FREAKED OUT(now remember it's literally only like a minute before I have to be onstage). Panicking I ran to the stage manager who was calling the show from backstage in the wings. She somewhat panicked and then told me to just pull my shirt out and pray that no one sees that my zipper is down. (Mind you this audience can be a bit conservative and they've paid some money to see the show) I literally dash on stage for my lines and I look down at our conductor(who was also the director) and could see the face of terror in his eyes as if he was saying "WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO YOU...YOUR COSTUME LOOKS LIKE SHIT!" And mind you having your dress shirt untucked is definitely NOT a style of the period. Well needless to say I felt a bit uncomfortable on the stage throughout quite a bit of the performance. But luckily I caught my breath during my second little resting period and was fine. The next night I had different pants! LOL
Also...I can relate to the mic story very well! In opera we never use I haven't been used to wearing a mic. I was in a production of Into the Woods a few years back and was the wolf. We were mic'd and I really didn't think much about it at the time. We had about three days of previews for the local press, video taping, etc. Anyways...on the second night of previews there were about 100 middle school aged kids there who had taken a special trip to see the show. We did our usual mic check before the house opened and then went along our marry way. I went into my dressing room which was right off the stage and Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and The Baker and myself all ended up talking about sex...well of course my mic was the only mic that was on(go figure) and I knew SOMETHING was wrong when the stage manager came running into the dressing room frantic saying that she just heard someone come over into the entire house say "masterbation." VERY embarrasing. But believe it or not I don't think any of the kids caught it-they might have thought it was a subliminal message or something. HAHA

"Take off your jacket!"--Joan Rivers to Bernadette
"TAKE OFF YOUR DRESS!!"--Bernadette's reply.

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posted: 7/24/2004 at 5:35:30 PM ET
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When I was in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, before the show, one of the kids had said that forbidden "M" word you're not supposed to say before a performance. (Its Macbeth, if you don't know what I'm talking about.) So, in the middle of one of the rehearsal scenes, the girl playing Beth barfed, the lights almost blew up, and Gladys Herdman's dress fell completely off! Now, I think that's a pretty big blooper for a show like that.
And another day in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, my friend was running during the fire scene and she fell off the stage! That was really a funny one, but don't worry, she wasn't hurt.
Also, when I was doing To Kill A Mockingbird, we had an understudy playing the role of Sherrif Heck Tate. Well, we got to the scene where he is supposed to come in and tell Atticus about the mob that is going to go to the jail and lynch Tom Robinson. Well, he missed his cue, and everyone is backstage frantically running around looking for Heck. And Atticus is just ad-libbing to try and keep the scene going. Well, then, all of a sudden, the guy playing Mr. Cunningham (part of the mob) runs on stage left and yells, "ATTICUS!!!" When, at the same time Heck runs on stage right. Well, it took some more ad-libbing, but the scene finally ended.
Another day doing To Kill A Mockingbird, the real Heck Tate came in for that same entrance and fell flat on his face. And, of course, the audience full of eleventh graders burst out laughing. But, he was okay though.

"My mother's advice, which I always take, is to make them beg for more, and then...don't give it to them!" -Gypsy

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posted: 7/26/2004 at 12:56:33 PM ET
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When I was in high school I was in a production of The Wizard of Oz - I played a witch friend of the Wicked Witch of the West. It was actually in the script - and I had to be sort of corny and eccentric - anyway, instead of riding a broom on to stage, I rode an old cannister vacuum cleaner - unfortunately the stage hand pushed me too hard and I zoomed out and off the front of the stage. I wasn't hurt but got a tremendous laugh and ovation.

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