So … let’s see … I’m sure I’ve mentioned these before, but I’m sitting here pondering and I figured some might not have read these before:

  • There was the time one of the Russian dancers flipped his way right into the pit. No one was injured (unless they just didn’t tell us).
  • My English horn reed stuck to my lower lip so when I thought I was taking the reed out of my mouth the horn went down, the reed stuck, and then fell down my blouse. Much wriggling occurred to remove it.
  • I got my silk swab stuck in my oboe right before the Arabian oboe solo. During the dress rehearsal. I managedt to get it removed just in time to play.
  • The very next day I managed to get the swab stuck again. On the very next night. Opening night. This time I couldn’t remove it with my handy dandy swab removed (my hands were too shaky) so I played my colleague’s oboe (she was on English horn for that number) while the principal flutist managed to get the darn swab out.
  • Of course there have been “the tree won’t grow” moments too. But those … well … meh (to quote

    1. Wow, so much drama. They should make a Real Life TV show out of you.  

    2. Patricia Mitchell

      Well, I’m guessing that anyone who has played Nuts for over 20 years would have some mighty fine stories! I wish I could remember all of mine … but the brain, it is old.