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April 6, 2008:

LEARNING CHOREOGRAPHY

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Well, dear readers, I must write these here notes in a hurry for tomorrow is another very early rehearsal and our second day of learning choreography. Learning Choreography – that’s the title of my next novel, a story of the gay bohemian life in 1956 Greenwich Village. Speaking of the gay bohemian life in 1956 Greenwich Village, yesterday was quite a long day, but since I only had to sit like so much fish and watch our wonderful choreographer at work with our wonderful cast, it was kind of a pleasurable long day. I got up earlier than early and we were out of the house by eight and to the theater by 8:45. Rehearsal began at nine with the show’s most difficult number, The Brain Tap. Three hours were spent, and it was a whole lot of information coming in a very quick way in a very short period of time. Still, everyone did very well and though there’s a lot of work to be done and a lot of practice needed, the number’s going to look great. Adam, our choreographer, is really only with us for three days, but we have two count them two dance captains, and we’re videotaping everything we’re doing. Then it was on to the two The Plan numbers, which went very quickly. Then it was Saucers In The Sky, which also went quickly, and then it was the opening number, which took the rest of the afternoon. Adam has made substantial changes to the opening, and it’s looking very good. So, all in all, a very productive day, but still, much new stuff coming today. After that, there was another set building session. I managed to do quite a bit of work on the computer whilst sitting like so much fish, so that was good. My meal o’ the day consisted of two In and Out burgers and one fries, although the second burger was separated from the first burger by about three hours. After that, we drove home, Mr. Rothman went on his merry way, and I went to Gelson’s to get some toothpaste and snacks (almonds and dried fruit), and then came home and sat on my couch like so much fish.

We’ve been playing a fun game in the car to relieve us of the driving routine and boredom, and I may introduce the game here, but everyone would have to be on the honor system and not cheat. Would that appeal to everyone?

Last night, I watched a motion picture on DVD entitled Dangerous Crossing, starring Miss Jeanne Crain, Mr. Michael Rennie, and a very young Carl Betz. It’s one of those Gaslight type thrillers, which, no matter how corny or silly, I always enjoy. This concerns a honeymooning couple on board a ship. They meet several people on the way to the room, then meet a maid in the room, then the husband goes off to do an errand and doesn’t return. Then everyone denies that he’s ever been there. The film is part of the Fox noir series, but many films in that series are not exactly noir. The film has really excellent and atmospheric direction by the unknown and underrated Joseph M. Newman, and I always enjoy watching Mr. Rennie. All in all, a nice way to spend seventy-six fast-moving minutes. The transfer is tops.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because it is late and I must get my beauty sleep before we return to Learning Choreography.

Today, we’ll be learning more choreography. In fact, we’ll be learning the rest of the choreography, which will include the finale of act one (Now), I Need An Earthman, All About Men, and the finale of the show. Oh, and the opening of act two and the curtain call. In other words, another full day. If we don’t finish, Adam will be there tomorrow night, although we’re all hoping that night can be used for just review.

After rehearsal, I shall return home, then meet our very own Julieanne Pogue at Genghis Cohen for dinner. She’s bringing some other friends, so it should be a fun evening. I haven’t seen her in a ‘coon’s age, so that will be nice, as I miss the Pogues living in the same city.

Tomorrow, I suppose I’ll be making a big announcement as soon as I know that everything is ready to do so, so that will take up quite a bit of the afternoon before I leave for rehearsal. I also have several errands to do, and I’m hoping some mail I’ve been expecting arrives.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do errands, make an announcement, and attend to things that need attending to. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s free-for-all day, the day in which you dear readers get to make with the topics and we all get to post about them. So, let’s have loads of lovely topics and loads of lovely postings, as we have another day of Learning Choreography.

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