BLENHEIM PALACE, 1 NOVEMBER 1997

The Hoop Dance
We made it to intermission on schedule.  I thanked the audience for its understanding and began dealing with a myriad of technical questions.  Several guests gathered to cheer me on.  They talked about how fascinated they were by the scope and complexity of the production and where did I find those wonderful little girls and wasn't Anna perfect in her role and how they couldn't wait to hear the rest of the story and what a wonderful job I was doing and wasn't Lisa marvelous and how they loved the music and how privileged they were to be there.  Peter Anderson came in from the production van to see how I was holding up and told me I was doing great and that it looked good so far. My wife, Judy, said that my performance was better than any of the times she had heard me rehearse the poem. 

And then everybody returned to their seats and it was time for Act Three.

The Waifs' Hoop Dance (shown above) followed the intermission.  The audience was set well back to allow room for the gray area where the girls would perform their rhythmic gymnastic routines, a liminal zone between the realm of fairy tale and the real world.  Down front, one of our four cameramen operated from an audience point of view and if you look closely, you may see the camera crane partially blocking the orchestra, with its red cables dangling down into view to the left of the woodland set. 


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