Pit Orchestra question (kinda long and waxing nostalgic)

Pit Orchestra question (kinda long and waxing nostalgic)

Mark
Mark

January 27th, 2003, 10:18 pm #1

Hi all, I haven't been to this site in almost a year and I am amazed at how everything looks now and how many more former cast members have found this forum. It's great for theater junkies like myself.I found my original Playbill and souvenir program (Alvin '78) Christmas day at my childhood home and it made me all Annie nostalgic again. I saw Shelley (great to see your posting), Karen Maria (great to see your posting) and Sarah Jessica Parker. Does anyone know what happened to Kim Fedina? I remember being very intrigued by her while sitting in the audience. Actually I was starstruck by all the oprhans as it was my first Broadway show. It's also great to see Janine Ruane has found her way here because like alot of others, I paid alot of attention to that original cast.Ok, my main question to the professional "orphans" is when you were in the show (either on tour or B'way) did you have any kind of relationship with the orchestra members? I have always wondered if you were part of each others work lives or was it completely separate and you never saw each otehr backstage, etc. Maybe they didn't really care about the cast? Also on tour did they travel with the cast or was there a new orchestra in each city derived from local musicians?I did alot of school/community theater growing up in PA and I don't remember ever knowing anyone in the orchestras (except for the school stuff.) Thanks for the memories! Peace, Mark
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Julie Stevens
Julie Stevens

January 28th, 2003, 2:54 am #2

Mark:

Welcome back! To answer your first question, Kim Fedena is married with two children and not in the business anymore. She lives in Pennsylvania with her family. As for your second question, we did travel with a group of key musicians on tour and then they hired the rest in each city. I did know several of the musicians on my tour but not too many on Broadway. We usually got to know the conductor and rehearsal pianist pretty well. I think most of the cast and crew on Broadway came and went to work and didn't have time to hang out with each other. When you are touring, you travel together and have lots of free time to get to know one another.

Maybe some of the other alums will have some better stories for you.

Julie
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Deborah
Deborah

January 28th, 2003, 9:20 pm #3

Hi all, I haven't been to this site in almost a year and I am amazed at how everything looks now and how many more former cast members have found this forum. It's great for theater junkies like myself.I found my original Playbill and souvenir program (Alvin '78) Christmas day at my childhood home and it made me all Annie nostalgic again. I saw Shelley (great to see your posting), Karen Maria (great to see your posting) and Sarah Jessica Parker. Does anyone know what happened to Kim Fedina? I remember being very intrigued by her while sitting in the audience. Actually I was starstruck by all the oprhans as it was my first Broadway show. It's also great to see Janine Ruane has found her way here because like alot of others, I paid alot of attention to that original cast.Ok, my main question to the professional "orphans" is when you were in the show (either on tour or B'way) did you have any kind of relationship with the orchestra members? I have always wondered if you were part of each others work lives or was it completely separate and you never saw each otehr backstage, etc. Maybe they didn't really care about the cast? Also on tour did they travel with the cast or was there a new orchestra in each city derived from local musicians?I did alot of school/community theater growing up in PA and I don't remember ever knowing anyone in the orchestras (except for the school stuff.) Thanks for the memories! Peace, Mark
I was in the 3rd national in 1981. I knew the conductor and met him again when I was an adult. At that time we were able to talk and have a friendship. We also traveled with a drummer and piano player, neither of whom I knew at all! The one exception to knowing the musicians was during an extended stay in San Francisco when the percussionist took the time to be friendly to the children. Larry Blackshere made us laugh, when we should have been frozen in the Smiles freeze. We got in lots of trouble but didn't turn him in. He would duck down in the pit and appear somewhere else and he had finger puppets, too. After matinee's, he and some other local musicians jammed at a local Irish pub near the Golden Gate Theatre and many of the cast would eat there and listen. Larry later toured with Cats, which my sister was in, and I got to know him again, too!
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Anonymous
Anonymous

February 10th, 2003, 11:17 pm #4


Why would this behavior be tolorated in a pro. production? How would this man be able to play his instrument and annoy the cast on stage at the same time? Others in the pit must have noticed this odd behavior and been annoyed. Why would a man try to disrupt a group of children on stage for the sole purpose of causing them to get out of character? People paid big bucks for tickets.
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Julie Stevens
Julie Stevens

February 13th, 2003, 5:00 am #5

Hello Anonymous. I think the answer to your question is simple. The musicians in the orchestra pit did not set out to make us "break character." When you do 8 shows a week for a long period of time, it starts to get boring, so you find ways of making it more fun. Everyone involved with a professional production knows that they are there to do a job and do it well, so no one would intentionally ruin a moment onstage for the heck of it. We just got a little silly every so often.

Julie Stevens
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Anonymous
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February 13th, 2003, 5:49 am #6

Rare minutes of madcap and silliness aside, I still think it is unpro. More so if children were disiplined for that behavior. If many "freeze rehearsals" were necessary then it must have been very noticable to others off stage. I read in an earlier post this musician has passed away and indeed I am sorry for that. It is horrible thing for a life to be taken away so violently.
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Mark her cousin
Mark her cousin

March 15th, 2015, 11:55 pm #7

Hi all, I haven't been to this site in almost a year and I am amazed at how everything looks now and how many more former cast members have found this forum. It's great for theater junkies like myself.I found my original Playbill and souvenir program (Alvin '78) Christmas day at my childhood home and it made me all Annie nostalgic again. I saw Shelley (great to see your posting), Karen Maria (great to see your posting) and Sarah Jessica Parker. Does anyone know what happened to Kim Fedina? I remember being very intrigued by her while sitting in the audience. Actually I was starstruck by all the oprhans as it was my first Broadway show. It's also great to see Janine Ruane has found her way here because like alot of others, I paid alot of attention to that original cast.Ok, my main question to the professional "orphans" is when you were in the show (either on tour or B'way) did you have any kind of relationship with the orchestra members? I have always wondered if you were part of each others work lives or was it completely separate and you never saw each otehr backstage, etc. Maybe they didn't really care about the cast? Also on tour did they travel with the cast or was there a new orchestra in each city derived from local musicians?I did alot of school/community theater growing up in PA and I don't remember ever knowing anyone in the orchestras (except for the school stuff.) Thanks for the memories! Peace, Mark
Kim lives in west Chester PA
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