In my school's production of Swan Lake, there is a cliff at the back of the lakeside set with a trampoline/net sort of thing hidden behind a few rocks so that Odette and Siegfried can jump into the "lake." Well, the first time we did Swan Lake with the new scenery, there wasn't enough time to rehearse with the scenery, and the trampoline was a little too springy. So on opening night, Odette jumped off the cliff, into the lake, and up over the rocks and into the wings! So from the audience, you sort of saw Odette go into the lake and then fly off the stage~~it was hilarious! Then Siegfried jumped in, trying not to bounce, but he bounced off the trampoline, over the rocks, and back onto the stage! The poor guy didn't know what to do, so he climbed over the papier~mache rocks, crumpling one in the process, to get back into the lake and off the stage! I was the first swan to run on in that performance, and I had to look tragic, and all of us were giggling as we tried to look sad and dramatic now that our queen had died. When Odette and Siegfried appeared in the shell boat that rises off the lake, they were supposed to look happy to be together and they were both miserable. It must have been an interesting sight for the audience to have a weepy Odette reunited with her Siegfried and all the swans shaking with laughter as the curtain came down. Rothbart did not have to fake his mirth that time, although it rather looked as though he was having convulsions long after he was supposed to be dead. Needless to say, the net was adjusted immediately, and handles were added so that this would not happen again!
Another time, again during Swan Lake, a girl was standing too close to Rothbart's castle when it burns down and collapses, and the back of her skirt almost caught fire! We had all been told to stay very far downstage, and she had quite enough room to stay out of the way, but she wasn't paying attention, and just about got burned. Actually, the flames are small, and they all stay well inside the castle, but she was MUCH too close. The funny part is that one of the stagehands DID think she caught fire and threw a bucket of water on her. So we were all standing there doing our beautiful port de bras, and suddenly we heard this yelp from the back because of the water. She had to finish the ballet soaking wet! The audience saw a sort of wave come out of the wings and hit this little swan girl~~I guess it was plausible since she was so close to the "lake." After that performance, she certainly stayed far away from that castle, and so does everyone else who does her part!
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