American Movie Co
Recently, at a performance of Rossini’s “Guillaume Tell” at the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center, the Police Department’s Emergency Service Unit was summoned. They were there to investigate a powdery substance that was tossed into the orchestra pit by an audience member. It turns out the culprit was there specifically to sprinkle his mentor’s ashes. This grave episode unfolded around 4:30 and prompted the company to cancel the rest of the show and that evening’s performance as well as a safety precaution.
I was there under the auspices of the American Movie Company and Teleprompter Rental. After the performance we were to Webcast interviews with opera aficionados. We set up by the fountain and all was going well… until an overly excited man bumped into our equipment and knocked it down. We resumed work when one of our PA’s brought us a replacement prompter an hour and a half later. Sometimes one has to deal with the unexpected!