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April 30, 2008:

THEM THERE NOTES

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Well, dear readers, once again I am home very late, I am overtired, and yet I not only must write these here notes, I must write them there notes, too. But, after Thursday, I no longer have to write them there notes and only have to write these here notes. Oh, I may have the odd them there notes, but I’ll just give them when I see people, rather than stay up until all hours of the night writing them. Speaking of them there notes, yesterday was a nauseous day filled with nausea in extremis. For example, I got up. That was nauseating, especially since I’d been up writing them there notes until three in the morning. I did some stuff that needed doing, but I was so tired that at 10:45 I got back in bed and slept until 12:15. Then, of course, I was quite behind and I had to hurry and scurry and also scurry and hurry. I had a little fender-bender – very minor, but very annoying. For the prĂ©cis about it, read yesterday’s posts. I did some errands and whatnot, and then it was time to leave for a meal and a run-through. We decided on the Cheesecake Factory again, and I ordered the Chinese Chicken Salad, which I only picked at without eating one piece of chicken. Then it was time to toddle over to the Chance Theater. They’d finished adjusting the wall unit, and it looked just fine and the projections now work much better and are much cleaner and clearer. There were some new ones that were just great. At about six-thirty, we were told that the high schoolers had confirmed and would be there at seven and we could either let them in to the auditorium or keep them in the lobby. I worked on a few bits, and all the mics were finally there and people got in them and were tested. The lighting designer came in and we adjusted all the Feel-O-Rama cues, which now work much better. At seven-thirty, no high schoolers were anywhere to be seen. By eight o’clock it became apparent they weren’t showing up, which I found incredibly rude. By eight-fifteen, we began our final dress rehearsal, sans drummer, of course, and with about ten people in the audience, including myself and assistant, Miss Adriana Patti, our lighting guy, the set designer, the costume designer and her assistant, two of the main Chance Theater folks and a few other assorted types.

The final dress went really well, with only a couple of minor flubs and a couple of things to address – it turns out that a few of my notes didn’t make it to their intended recipients – hopefully that won’t happen again. But overall, it was really funny and fun, the pace was fairly tight with a couple of minor exceptions, and our company of players all did a terrific job. We’re going to add one or two more bits for Thursday night’s preview, but other than that, we’re locking it up save for my handful of notes for the dress rehearsal. I’m especially pleased with Yoni’s costumes for this production – in the previous two productions, the character only had two outfits. Here, she’s got about five, and they’re really fun. And so, now it’s on to our two previews and our Saturday opening night, all of which I’m really looking forward to.

Well, why don’t we all click on the Unseemly Button below because I’ve got to get these here notes posted so I can then write them there notes.

Today is my day off and boy do I need a day off. However, that said, it will not be completely off since I have several things that must be done. At eleven, I have my second appointment with Teddy to do some highlights, and then, at long last, it’s time to pick up my newly-fixed car. I’m scared about the final tally, but I’m praying that they were able to live up to the discounts they promised, which will at least lessen the burden a little. Other than that, the day is mine all mine.

Tomorrow is our first of two previews. There may or may not be a talk-back after the show. It’s going to be a little nutty, I’m sure, because our drummer will be back and the sound designer has to re-set all his levels and get a good blend. I have to address the fact that I HATE the upright piano’s tone and sound, and that I’m probably going to want the MD back on the electric keyboard. And, as you might expect, I’m going to be maniacal about the band mix and the vocal mix.

I’m sure once we have an audience in there will be a few more adjustments to make, in case some things don’t land properly, but I’m sure they’ll be minor.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, get highlighted, pick up my newly-fixed motor car, and most importantly, I must have no nausea whatsoever. 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, whilst I begin the process of writing them there notes.

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