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October 23, 2019:

TONIGHT AT EIGHT

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Well, dear readers, I am sitting here like so much fish, listening to music, and taking my preventatives, since a couple in our What If cast are under the weather, including little Peyton.  She’s taking her preventatives, too, so hopefully we’ll all be well so we can get through the next two days unscathed.  Do send some excellent vibes and xylophones for wellness for all.  We did have a rather fun stumble-through of the show last night.  The pacing and structure worked perfectly, actually, and the cast did great.  Still not quite 100% on the words, but they’re close and I know they’ll be diligent today.  The two What Ifs that are pretty much brand new to public performance, both landed really well, so that was good.  And the tried and true What Ifs were just as funny as ever.  The other songs, the non-What Ifs are really top-notch and done very well by one and all and all and one.  After we finished, I gave a few notes, we ran a few things, and that was that.

Prior to all that, I’d gotten a little over eight hours of sleep, arising just before noon o’clock.  Once up, I answered e-mails, did some work on the computer and had telephonic calls, then I went to the mail place and picked up some packages, went to Subway and got a foot long Spicy Eyetalian, came home and ate it all up.  Prior to leaving, I’d received two check discs for The Creature Wasn’t Nice, so after finishing the sandwich, I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Yesterday, I watched the director’s cut of The Creature Wasn’t Nice.  The blow-up from the 4×3 letterbox is pretty good and so much better than their initial test pre finding this new software thing.  So, that’s the good news.  The bad news was that something clearly went wrong somewhere, since the entire transfer has jerky motion, kind of a stuttering thing on ever camera move and anytime anyone actually moves – in other words, what should be smooth moves are jerky moves.  That wasn’t there in the initial test I was given from this new software, so I’m hoping that this anomaly happened in chain of getting the entire film done and that they can fix it.  If they can’t, we’ll have to go with the 4×3 version, which would be a shame.  So, all digits crossed that it’s an easy problem to fix.  I also began to watch the release version, but on my TV and Oppo player, it would start up, get ten seconds in and then suddenly take me back to the menu.  It did that several times.  When I tried the second disc in the computer, it worked fine, so it may just be the other disc that has that problem.  I’ll try the second disc in the Oppo and see if it works there as it did on the computer.  Send not only health vibes and xylophones but fixing the transfer vibes and xylophones as I really want to use the 16×9 version.  It will take me another couple of days to go through all the special features and the commentary tracks.

After that, I took a shower, got ready for our stumble-through, and then everyone arrived, and we began.

After everyone left, I proofed some booklets, then went to Ralph’s and got some pinwheel sandwiches for my nighttime snack.  I came home and ate them – they kind of hit the spot.  And then it was time to write these here notes.

Today, I can sleep in, and then it’s the usual morning things, I’ll eat something very light to tide me over until after the show, I’ll hopefully pick up packages, and then I’ll relax until it’s time to mosey on over to the Group Rep.  Once there, my sound guy will set up the mic and get everything working, set levels, and then the cast arrives, and we can sound check. Then we’ll run stuff on the stage and set entrances and exits.  Then our booth person arrives, and we’ll set some lighting stuff and the sound guy will show him how everything works.  And then we play our first performance.  It’s unsettling, because we have no idea how many people will come because most people just show up at the door.  There’s no real upside to reserving, really.  So, I’m hoping for the best.

I will, of course, have a full report for you.  I’m guessing some of us will grab a bite after.

Tomorrow will be more of the same, and then we play our second performance and I know some of us will go out after, to celebrate the hard work this cast has put in.  And then I have to seriously prepare for The Man Who Came to Dinner rehearsals, and I’ll need some relaxation over the weekend, too.  And come Monday, the Dinner adventure begins.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, sleep in, do the usual morning things, hopefully pick up packages, eat something light, relax, get ready, have a sound and light check, and then do our show.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Ask BK Day, the day in which you get to ask me or any dear reader any old question you like and we get to give any old answer we like.  So, let’s have loads of lovely questions and loads of lovely answers and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, as we get ready to play our first performance of What If tonight at eight.

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