I don't know if this is because we live in the space age, but I have discovered that the majority of these children (ages 8-12) do not regularly tie or button. As I recall, in my youth, those were skills we had mastered before entering kindergarten. I guess everything now is velcro or stretch to fit. The big hold up for getting the costume pieces on and off is undoing buttons and tying scarf belts. If these kids don't master these skills quickly, I may need an army of volunteers backstage just to help get the kids in and out of costume parts and pieces. And I thought it was such a simple costume plan.....
We have yet to paint the scenery and work with the body mics. But once we have the set pieces in place and can hear the dialogue and singing better backstage, we should be in business. Now if my backstage recruits come to the next few rehearsals, maybe my anxieties will diminish.
Our stage is difficult to deal with. The way the curtains are hung so close to the walls leaves no room for getting set pieces and props, let alone actors, easily onto the stage. We have to be very creative.
I kept thinking how nice it would be to have helpers and good parental support. Sometimes I feel like I am a committee of 1.
Oh, well, the show must go on!