Nov 12, 2009

Bret: The Sounds of Christmas

From Breton Parks Christopherson, The Ultimate Sound Designer: Tech week is the second most stressful week in any production. I usually make a list of things I still need to do, then check it twice. When it finally does come along, I love to see all the different pieces of the show come together. After tech week, the show's opening weekend is the most stressful time during a production. The night before opening night, I have trouble sleeping. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve, way too excited to sleep. Except in my case, I’m too nervous to sleep. I lay awake wondering if I've done everything I need to and hoping that everything doesn’t fall to pieces opening night.

As of right now I am actively organizing the pre show/intermission music and sound effects for A Christmas Survival Guide. I have been listening to so much Christmas music that I already feel the holiday spirit. The melody to “Here Comes Santa Claus” has been stuck in my head for the last week.

When Director Micheal Gold described his vision for the show as something that would stir up fun and warm memories of Christmas, I immediately pictured my family bustling around the house listening to our traditional assortment of Christmas tunes. In order to bring those memorable feelings to this production, I have included some of the recordings my family normally listens to. My hope is that this will make people think of their own family's personal connection with specific songs of the holiday season.

~Breton Christopherson

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