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But what was actually built bore a stronger resemblance to a seventeenth-century Venetian opera theatre, with a shoebox auditorium, and the apex of the cyclorama as far from the orchestra pit as the back wall of the auditorium, resulting in a huge depth of stage (around 60 feet) that was eagerly exploited by directors.
Taylor took a deep breath, put England into bat, pulled on his baggy green cap, settled down in the orchestra pit and waited for McGrath.
Noble quickly settled into his unique style of improvisation, both dealing with a fur hat thrown from someone in the audience to the simulated release of imaginary chickens from the orchestra pit.
When the company travels with musicians, she helps set up the orchestra pit. McDermott is the one who delivers all the pre-show time calls, coordinates with the house manager on when to open the doors and raise the curtain, and calls the cues during the show.
Conductor Vasyl Vasylenko must have been tearing his hair out if the ghastly sounds from the orchestra pit were anything to go by.
The revamp involves new dressing room facilities, along with a new public entrance, box office and a major facelift to the 470-seat auditorium, including better seating, an enlarged orchestra pit and an improved lighting system.
A TODDLER fell into a theatre's orchestra pit in a bid to reach what he thought were two dalmatians on stage.
There is also an orchestra pit full of junk that includes part of a bicycle, lampshades and half a dozen rubbish bags.
During an orchestra rehearsal for New York City Ballet, Christopher Wheeldon rushes onto the stage from the audience, nimbly maneuvering over a narrow strip between the proscenium and the orchestra pit. He's on a mission to get his ballet, Morphoses, into proper shape.
The new pounds 4 million hall seats 500 people, boasts a large stage, orchestra pit, a music rehearsal room and drama studio which will play host to school productions and performances as well providing an arts centre for the local community.