I have to play 9 days of "Chicago" in a row, 1st trumpet.... 5 rehearsals, 1 preview, and 3 performances. Now, I've had some tough stretches of playing, but not quite like this. I'm just lucky I'm not playing "Bye Bye Birdie" or "West Side Story" here. I'm sure I have it easy compared to some players, but I don't have the same efficiency as some other players do.
After that week wraps up, it eases up a bit: just 3 performances a week for the following three weeks. (bringing the total performances up to 12)
There will be pressure to not take breaks even in rehearsal, because, unfortunately, there are only 9 musicians total in the pit orchestra. (there are 2 trumpets, though!)
I've got a water bottle ready for each rehearsal and performance... I'm prepared to play whenever I can in rehearsal and lay off on anything not important. I'm also planning on playing a short routine each day to keep to ensure proper playing. I'll ice my lips a bit and apply chopsaver if my lips starting getting shot. I may also ask the other player take over lead at times.
Any advice on surviving this?