Wednesday, June 21, 2006

A Bloodless Fight Scene, Finally

No actors were harmed in tonight’s performance, thank goodness.

Last night we had another injury: the same cast member who, during the final fight scene several days ago, had gotten a cut on his finger that required several stitches, injured his head during last night’s fight scene. Fortunately it was a minor injury, though bloody; he got medical treatment and now he’s fine. Tonight, the entire cast watched the fight scene silently from the wings, hoping and praying that this time it would go well and there would not be any injuries or blood. To our relief and joy, the scene went smoothly and bloodlessly.

Our only casualty this evening was a sword, which broke while the two actors were practicing the final fight scene before the performance. The sword was repaired and relegated to costume-only status—it can be worn, but never used in a fight again. Fortunately, nobody was hurt by any flying sword parts.

I seem to be coming down with some kind of sinus cold, so I didn't go out with the cast after the show tonight. I could have gone for a bowl of hot soup, but I’m just not up for a late night tonight. A friend of mine who came to see the show brought me home, and I’m headed very soon for bed.

We have two performances left. I will be sorry to see the production end; it’s been a lot of fun.

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