When I inquired about removing some of the junk from the stage so that we would have some room to corral the kids during the show, and have room for costumes and props, I was told, "Sure, we can get some of that stuff moved for you."
And while it was true, that some of the bigger items were moved, the space was still rather tight backstage with 40 kids and all of their costumes and props.
The only comment I got from the overworked and rather put out custodian was that this was not an upscale Junior High or High School with a well appointed theater, it was just an over-crowded elementary school with every room doing double and triple duty! Well, I do understand that.
I have gone to several productions at this school and found that the sound system was dismal. So, thanks to my generous son, I was able to bring in a P.A. system to boost the success of the house system.
Sadly, due to illness, I was not able to really finish painting the sets with the detail I had envisioned. But, the show must go on...
Fortunately, the show did go on to great success. The comments from the guests and the school principal were along this order:
"This was the best performance we have ever seen at this school!"
"The kids were great and we could actually hear them!"
"The dancing was so beautiful!"
"Loved the story and the music!"
"Everything looked so professional!"
So, in spite of all of the extra effort it took to create a workable stage, having wonderful comments at the end makes it all worth it!