For the past week I’ve been more or less buried in the Second Life 12th Birthday’s auditorium, a lovely build by ADudeNamed Anthony. As the Stage Manager, I was herding cats, artists, builders, actors, Lindens, dancers, hosts, n00bs, and more, through a tight back-to-back-to-back daily schedule some 12 or more hours a day. The job reminded me of being a home care health aide: Lots of planning, lots of sitting around waiting, and lots of panic when everything happens at once and everyone wants attention at the same time with bits of really lovely fun thrown in to boot.
Some of the lovely fun was the Dreamitarium itself. Here are some pictures of where I’ve been, with commentary.
Lots of pictures have been published of the exterior, starting with my picture for the Second Life Destination Guide, seen at top. The next image uses the region Windlight featured throughout SL12B. And the official Second Life Twitter account posted pictures several times each day to promote events at the venue (see here). Anthony wanted an inverted planetarium so the moon features prominently through out the build (SLurl).
Anthony even landscaped and added a pair of gazebos. He really put a lot of hard work in the design and construction. Being a nitpick I kept pointing to things that might be adjusted to make stage managing easier or finding little bugs, but I’m really happy to have recommended Anthony get the contract and I’m thrilled with what he created.
The main stage was a marvel. With a volume of 35m x 35m x 20m, the space was able to accommodate most anything. A bit more than 3/4 of the stage was on the SL12B Enchant region while the audience side (with 144 seats) was on the SL12B Astound region. The stage curtains were configurable in various combinations. I often setup this variation when the Talk Show Set was being used. Look to the left and you can almost see a little space where I usually sat. The audience side was often so full with people I couldn’t enter so I stayed in the wings.
A closer view of the Talk Show Set. I hid a pose ball at the TV camera so I could play camera operator but never had the guts to use it. Anthony was a whiz any time people needed changes as this set would tell you if it could talk. When the couch needed to sit six instead of three, the change was made in less than five minutes. The moon you see would work through phases and several people told me they were delighted to see that. The TelePrompTer® was sort of functional.
As with auditoriums at past birthdays, a couple smaller stages – Forum Stages – were available if groups wanted them. One night a scout troop used one for an badge award ceremony and another night I learned the process of making some amazing mesh trees. Many acts used the stages as dressing area or gathering spots. To the right is a backstage area for the Main Stage. The colorful stripes are part of an art exhibit I placed.
One of Anthony’s many brilliant ideas was to fill the hallways with art. A good selection was available in a variety of media. He also placed couches and was pleased when I suggested then added some plants. A conference room with table and seats is down this hallway and to the right.
One of the most beautiful artworks gracing the south hallways is from Anthony himself, a deconstructed automobile (Anthony is famous for his in-world vehicles). Over time I sneaked in some art from Kennylex Luckless in various places and supplied some art for the Forum Stage areas.
At one point I even put some art in the restrooms. Be sure to ask Anthony about troubleshooting the ladies side. Often when encouraging the audience to filter out so a new one could come in (the regions were often full) I would announce “As you leave, turn left for the very clean restrooms; turn right for the conference room with free WiFi and donuts.”
When I write I usually look back over the work to be safe, checking grammar and making sure I am clear. Doing so just now I’ve noticed that I have mixed up past and present tense words, though in some ways this is appropriate. When SL12B is over, the Dreamitarium will be a memory – a dream, if you will – and this blog post will be a record of when it existed in solid virtual form. But you can go see the build until July 4th at 11:59:59 SLT so this is post lives in the now. So go. Go see it (SLurl) before we can only dream about the lovely fun we had.