In a stack of resumes, there are a handful of certain recurring words. Wrangler is not one of them. Maybe because cowboys never found a way to fuse their experience in the Great American West with corporate infrastructure or maybe because lassos have simply lost their practicality in an urban world. Either way, I am one of the few people who can claim this title. No, I am not a cowboy- I am a Child Wrangler at San Francisco Opera. What does that mean exactly? It means I guide child performers on and off stage throughout rehearsals and performances at the opera. I have been in this position for the past four seasons and have been held responsible for as few as four and as many as 40 children ranging from age 6 to 17. Some are seasoned veterans of the stage and some are complete novices. My job is to ensure their safety while they are in the building and, mostly, try to keep them focused, safe, and professional. Sometimes this is an easy task and sometimes, a nearly impossible one.
Posted: 06/29/2012 by
Samantha McCurry (Child Wrangler)
An intriguing invitation was posted in this Tweet by SF Opera
on May 29, 2012:“Are you an #opera curious power Tweeter? Apply for a Tweet Seat at dress rehearsal of
Nixon in China, June 5, 2pm pls RT”
When I read the tweet, I had already purchased my ticket to see Nixon in China
on opening night. This unexpected invitation inspired me to see if I could use my iPad to capture my experience of Nixon in China
and share my impressions with the SF Opera community and the Twitterverse.
Posted: 06/25/2012 by
David Newman (artist and Nixon in China Tweeter)
“What do you mean when we spin Nixon on the banquet table?” My head cocked to one side the way my dog Earl’s does when I ask him to do something new.
For at least seven rehearsal meetings my “Supers” table partner and I had been practicing the choreographed banquet scene for Nixon in China. The table is at least five feet in diameter.
Posted: 06/21/2012 by
Tess Uriza Holthe (Super, Nixon in China)
I am just going to admit it: I am showmanced.
And this is no run of the mill, 8 week and then you are done, showmance. This one will go the distance. The difficulty of this showmance is that it involves more than one artist and I am afraid that when Nixon in China
finishes its run here in San Francisco, I may be thrown into a fit of post-show depression that I can’t climb out of.
Posted: 06/08/2012 by
Buffy Baggott (Secretary to Chairman Mao, Nixon in China)
When I accepted the role of Richard Nixon a few years ago, I knew it was going to be the most challenging assignment of my career. Taking on Nixon in China
, the brilliant opera by John Adams, was a daunting task for so many reasons, but the obstacle that would challenge me most was that of becoming the iconic colossus, Richard Nixon.
Posted: 06/07/2012 by
Brian Mulligan (Richard Nixon, Nixon in China)