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Mixing a Musical by Shannon Slaton

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A THEATRICAL MIXER?

It is late in the second act. The story has been well established and the characters are now very familiar to the audience. We are way past exposition and just past the climax. The helicopter has already flown over the audience and the cast has stormed the Bastille and the guy in the half mask has already driven his fake boat through the sewers. And it has all been very magical. The lighting and the smoke and the projection have fleshed out the scene and the orchestra has played at full tilt until the room is ready to blow. Then the stage goes to a blackout. The fireworks and spectacle of the show are over and the audience applauds wildly at the end. The lights slowly creep up and it takes a while ...

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