Sirens play a role in several scenes in She Creatures:
Amelia, a mermaid, trades her tail for legs to begin a new life on land. Jason encounters her, and is entranced by her voice.
Aixa, a phoenix, has been reborn, and tempts her husband from her previous life, Greg, to join her in a new life.
A siren sound effect is used in one scene of She Creatures.
The West Plainfield Fire Department is located about 1 mile north of the Barn. A large siren is located at the fire station as a backup method of notifying the volunteer firefighters of an emergency call should their pagers not work.
During the performance on Thursday July 25, the fire station had an emergency call, and the station siren went off, just before the cue for the siren sound effect. Jeremy, the sound operator, wisely decided our sound cue had become redundant, and skipped it.
There was a similar occasion during our production last year of Psyche by Meghan Brown. While there was no siren sound effect used in the play, there was a scene where a siren was not inappropriate. That happened to be when the station siren went off during one show.
The West Plainfield Fire Department also comes out before we open our shows to the public and inspects the Barn to ensure that we have proper exits, exit signage, fire extinguishers, etc. We very much appreciate their assistance in making Theatre in a Barn a safe experience for everyone.
All photos in this blog entry by Robert Schulz. Siren definitions are from the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary, Sixth Edition, two volumes of lexicographical awesomeness.