When the cue to open the panels was taken the two outside panels moved offstage as usual, the center ones did not (appear to) move at all. We on headset were deciding if there was a quick solution or if we were stopping. The ladies continued their blocking as usual, and when they ordinarily would have put books down on the bleachers which were hidden behind the panels – they went around the sides and got their pom-poms. (Apparently as they walked upstage Megan said “pom-poms” in a quick whisper so they moved in unison around.) They did the cheer moves on the ground. After they hit the button pose I got on the God mic and announced to the audience that we were having some technical difficulties as the panels were supposed to be open and we needed to hold briefly to correct the situation. The ladies left the stage, and we began the reset. Once the computer was reset the panels were opened full wide, and the bleachers were brought downstage while the panels were set to the correct open width for the scene. (The audience applauded at seeing things move.) Once we were technically reset – I got back on the God mic and thanked the audience for their patience, but as everyone knows restarting computers takes time. I got a laugh. The ladies then ran out from SR 1 in a classic cheerleader run (pom-poms at waist height, kicking legs back) and retook their button position. The audience applauded their reappearance and Leslie shouted out the tail of the applause as usual with the next cheer.
Fun for everyone! The stop was 9:45 long which wasn't as horrible as it could have been. And now, there is beer.