/As you know, I was last week in Shanghai Disneyland. The reason was my brother-in-law’s fiancé’s new job as the stage manager of ’Tarzan’. Wheels calls the biggest production in the Disney resort, involving music, acrobats and more than 30 dancers. He was called to do this job from Singapore where he previously worked for Universal in a similar amusement park. The job of a stage manager is to hold the show together. He has to tell the technicians and performers when to go, when to move the huge rocs and sets on stage, when to drop the trapezes and so on. Wheels told me that when he came on in the spring, they had already started their rehersals, but it was quite a tight schedule to get it ready in time for the park to open on the 16th. Many of the tricks in the show were too dangerous for Disney. Chinese acrobats coming together with a Disney show - you have to make some compromises as you don’t want to have Jane dropping from the sky, hurting herself in the middle of a children’s show. So many of the most dangerous acts were taken down. I think it’s still pretty dangerous on the kind of things they do on stage without any safety ropes or nets.
Life of a Stage manager seems exciting but tiring. They have 8 shows per day and on most days, Wheels calls 4 of them. They have 2,5 Stage managers when they actually need four… But he seems to be in a place where he enjoys his work and his colleagues. He likes his job and he is good at it. It is nice to meet a person who is happy to be where he is in the world. And for us, Shanghai is a lot closer to places where we stay than Singapore. It’s a 2-hour flight from Xi’an, so pretty much nothing at all. Living in the same country <3. In this globalised world where family and friends live all around the globe, it is a luxury to be able to spend some quality time with them. I truly enjoyed my night in Wheels’s theater with Tarzan and dinner afterwards. Thanks again for hosting me!