A Day in the Life of Chris Donnay

My days at Summer Stage take me to every corner of the PAC. Featured here are a series of photos, taken every hour throughout my day, that reveal the ins and outs of my life.

It's 8:00 AM and I have just woken up. My first task of the day is choosing a bow tie.
It’s 8:00 AM and I have just woken up. My first task of the day is choosing a bow tie.
At 9:00 AM I go to the courtyard to bring the cast of Circle of Life to the stage for rehearsal.
At 9:00 AM I go to the courtyard to bring the cast of Circle of Life to the stage for rehearsal.
It's now 10:00 AM and I am busy running the music for a choreography rehearsal.
It’s now 10:00 AM and I am busy running the music for a choreography rehearsal.
11:00 AM and the cast (and myself) have been given a five minute break during rehearsal.
11:00 AM and the cast (and myself) have been given a five minute break during rehearsal.
At lunch time the staff and I dined on pizza in the Little Theatre before the first general meeting.
At lunch time (12:00 PM) the staff and I dined on pizza in the Little Theatre before the first general meeting.
1:00 PM and the first general meeting of the season has just ended. Look at all those performers!
1:00 PM and the first general meeting of the season has just ended. Look at all those Summer Stagers!
Now it's 2:00Pm, and the Circle of Life cast is practicing their Disney Movie Magic Medley. I'm supervising.
Now it’s 2:00 PM, and the Circle of Life cast is practicing their Disney Movie Magic Medley. I’m supervising.
I have moved up into the lobby and snuck a selfie with Elsa and her amazing staff at 3:00PM.
I have moved up into the lobby and taken a selfie with Elsa and her amazing sceptor at 3:00 PM.
At 4:00 PM Kevin Gane, the assistant music director, and I are running music for
At 4:00 PM Kevin Gane, the assistant music director, and I are running music for “Colors of the Wind”.
After the Summer Stagers go home, I head up to the marketing office around 5:00 PM. There I find Dan Luner working hard on making advertisements for local magazines.
After the Summer Stagers go home, I head up to the marketing office around 5:00 PM. There I find Dan Luner working hard on making advertisements for local magazines.
At 6:00 PM I run down the hill to grab dinner. On the way, I run into fellow Mainstager Matthew Buzzel.
At 6:00 PM I run down the hill to grab dinner at Civera’s, a local deli. On the way, I run into fellow Mainstager Matthew Buzzel.
Shrek rehearsal is about to begin at 7:00 PM. Here, Kevin Gane and I share our last few moments of rest before rehearsal.
Shrek rehearsal is about to begin at 7:00 PM. Here, Kevin Gane and I share our last few moments of rest before rehearsal.
At 8:00 PM I find myself on the stage recording blocking notes for the opening of Shrek.
At 8:00 PM I find myself on the stage recording blocking notes for the opening of Shrek.
It's 9:00 PM. I am in the midst of the opening sequence of Shrek and I stop to take an "arsty" photo of the catwalks.
It’s 9:00 PM. I am in the midst of the opening sequence of Shrek and I stop to take an “arsty” photo of the catwalks.
It is the final hour of Mainstage rehearsal (10:00 PM) and the cast and I are preparing to do one final run-through of the opening sequence.
It is the final hour of Mainstage rehearsal (10:00 PM) and the cast and I are preparing to do one final run-through of the opening sequence.
At 11:00 PM I pull into my driveway, exhausted but satisfied after a long day at UDPAC.
At 11:00 PM I pull into my driveway, exhausted but satisfied after a long day at UDPAC.
Midnight arrives and I am tucking myself into bed. In just over seven hours I'll repeat the process.
Midnight arrives and I am tucking myself into bed. In just over seven hours I’ll repeat the process.

As you can see, my day takes me from the stage to the lobby to the marketing office and back again. These 13 hour work days are grueling, but I wouldn’t trade any of it for the world.

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