I missed the production company's call when it came through and I listened to the message a few hours later. They said they wanted to talk and gave all the usual stuff you leave in a message, but then commented on the fact that they noticed I was a magician and thought that might be something useful to the attraction. When I returned the call we went through the details of the position and I agreed to come in as one of the ushers/tour guides, but he once again commented on the fact that I was a magician and said he was going to talk to his higher ups and see if there was a better way to use me.
When I showed up for the dress rehearsal, the guy I had talked with hadn’t spoken to anyone about my possibly doing magic for the haunted house and I just went about my business. We got dressed in our costumes and were given a rundown of what was going to happen and what we were supposed to do, which was to act as guides to the customers through this haunted theater where all the terrible things that had happened 80 years ago were happening once again. We were shown the path we were supposed to take the guests on, but none of the scare actors were in place and none of the effects were on. In fact, I spent most of the “dress rehearsal” waiting to be told what we were doing. We got one more tour of the maze, again without any of the scare actors, and then we were dismissed for the night. We were given the plot breakdown with all of the characters so we could work on what we were going to say during our tour.
As you’ll find out in my next post, none of that really mattered.