This is a view of my percussion station inside the orchestra pit. Shrek, The Musical, had a very successful 3 weekend run at the Newport Performing Arts Center in Newport, Oregon, in Nye Beach on the Central Oregon Coast. Shrek had sellout crowds and was well received. My job was to play all written xylophone, glockenspiel, tympani, bongo, conga, bell tree, mark tree, cowbell, tamborine and assorted special effects.
I was able to transact plenty of real estate business on my phone during intermission and rehearsals. I gave away numerous slide whistles with my card attached, (I used a slide whistle sound each time Pinocchio's nose grew!) and have made valuable social connections with members of my community.
As I bask in the memories, I feel thankful, lucky and blessed today.
Please take yourself to a live stage show, you deserve to have fun!