This is where the rubber meets the road. The system is loaded in and now you have to figure out how to mix the show. No matter how hard you think it has been getting to this point, the easy part is now behind you. Now you have to mix a show on very little sleep and you will have to apologize for every missed pickup. If you miss too many pickups, the designer will find himself pulled aside to ask what the problem is with the mixer. Most directors have a very low tolerance for missed pickups. They can forgive a horrible mix as long as the correct mics were always open. This is of course a major challenge when you are learning the show and the timing of the actors. It is at this point where the mixer has to size up what the designer ...

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