…or just a fluke???

On Facebook and Twitter this morning, I posted that second performances are akin to “Low Sunday” in the Catholic Church. That is to say, a letdown compared to all the festivities and poignant lead up to Easter Sunday; or in a way the opening of a new opera production. Now…in no way, shape, or form am I conflating these two very disparate events. I am, however, keenly aware of a phenomenon I have termed “theatrical deflation” (yes, its my own brilliant term!!).  The opening night parties are over, the director has left town, the costume designer is gone, the well dressed swells and donors on opening night are not present in the audience for performance #2, the critics (good or bad) have mostly all weighed in, and we now settle in for a long run of this well worn operatic war-horse. The aforementioned is always a perfect recipe for release.

But this production IS different: it is edgy, unconventional, highly colorful yet dark, frightening while being ‘fantastically foolish’, sexy, fun, and ALWAYS entertaining. The cast that has been compiled is a wonder of fine vocalism, acting, and comedic ability. Inhibitions had to be checked at the door for all soloists, and chorus. We appear in various stages of undress (including virtual nudity for ‘yours truly’) and wild costuming throughout. We are also asked to do some very…let’s say…challenging things throughout the evening.

With such a tall order of frivolity that spans from the time of Freud’s Vienna period to the rise of Fascism (Directorial concept), there is little opportunity to lose our resilience. That is why our second performance last night (Tuesday, October 9) was as fresh and exciting as our opening. But we must also thank our audience; those gathered masses who guffawed, scratched their heads, recoiled with fright (for which I personally apologize…if you see the show, you will understand), and delightfully applauded our efforts.  We will wait for performance #3 to answer this question:

Is this for real…or just a fluke???

djc

11 Comments so far

  1. Paul H. October 10th, 2012 3:01 pm

    Spounds great!! Glad your having such a good time !! Enjoy!!

  2. Barbara G. October 10th, 2012 3:02 pm

    It sounds like its going very well – congrats David – keep it up!!!

  3. Christine G. October 10th, 2012 4:09 pm

    Second performances are always the hardest!

  4. Walter A. October 10th, 2012 7:18 pm

    Muscles were great but I loved the bit from the audience flloor you did. How’d you get there so fast? Was that you or a double? Plus the show was really fun. Thought it would be jsut fluff.

  5. Swatie G. October 10th, 2012 7:19 pm

    Well you sure had the naked thing going on Mr. C. And not bad at that i might add.

  6. Julie Anne G. October 10th, 2012 10:26 pm

    At the risk of being inappropriate or rude, can I say what a figure you cut on stage? From that giant coat to no clothing, with muscles to boot. Wow. But I also loved the whole show and especially the costumes!

  7. Dennis I. October 11th, 2012 12:10 am

    Mr. Cangelosi: I must say that I have NEVER paid attention to the role of Dr. Blind in Die Fledermaus until you came around here in Toronto. What a wonderful character twist you have given this almost inconsequential attorney. Who knew what was going to happen when you walked downstage, virtually nude; then the feather fan and Un bel di?!!? My partner and I were in absolute hysterics! How one man could steal a scene in one fell-swoop would have been beyond my imagination until the opening night performance you gave. Congratulations and thanks for the laughs!

  8. Latisha L. October 11th, 2012 8:22 am

    This show is no fluke Mr. David. Saw it at the final rehearsal (we were a group of schools that came) and I thought it was really fun and loved the costumes. I liked the moving staircase and when the party curtain was pulled and became the prison wall. The bat girls were cool too. We were a bit shocked to see so many folks without clothes on, and men dressed like women but its not as bad as many of the music videos either. You made everyone laugh when you sang like a woman but I didn’t know it was you from your picture!

  9. Connor J. October 11th, 2012 8:31 am

    I have tickets to see this Fledermaus later this month. It is nice to read the few blogpostings you have written about it beforehand. I feel like I am on the inside now. Looking forward.

  10. Barry A. October 11th, 2012 9:57 am

    Your attention to second performance syndrome is right on. As a director, I counsel my casts constantly about staying vigilant after the opening. I like your term “theatrical deflation”.

  11. Sam K. October 11th, 2012 10:54 am

    Great post.

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