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April 15, 2017:

INTO THE CALLBACKS

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Well, dear readers, we had another fun day of casting and we now have excellent choices for each role. We did finalize casting on four roles, so those are done and we’re all very happy with those choices, although we did discuss thoroughly. We had Dino’s pizza for lunch – I was a good boy with three of their smallish slices and it was excellent, as always. We do have a really fun team and I really think everyone genuinely likes each other. So now it’s on to callbacks, although there may end up being two roles put on hold because those two roles are also band members and I don’t think we saw anyone who was quite proficient enough to do that – lead guitar and bass.

Of course, I was up at eight and was able to answer a few e-mails before having to leave. We finished around four-thirty and I picked up a couple of packages, then came home. I had a ton of e-mails waiting for me, so I attended to those, had some popcorn and cherry chip ice cream, had several telephonic calls, and did some work on the computer. After that, I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched the first hour of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, this one the TV version for 1967, starring George C. Scott, Melvyn Douglas, Fritz Weaver, Tuesday Weld, Henry Jones, and other fine actors. The DVD is taken from someone’s 16mm kinescope and while it’s not optimal and is, for some reason, stretched to fit widescreen TVs, you still get a good sense of the show and actors, and I’m quite enjoying it – and Mr. Scott is such a wonderful and fierce actor. I’ll probably finish watching it this evening.

After that, I had an egg in a tortilla just to have an egg in a tortilla, I listened to some music (but not in a tortilla), and relaxed.

Today, we’re back at ten to do our callbacks, which last all day. We’re seeing quite a few people again – this time they’ll be reading and if we need to hear anyone sing again, we will, but we did have everyone sing two complete songs at their initial audition, so I pretty much know their singing abilities. But while the music is absolutely key to the show, so is the acting. I’m sure we’ll do a little mixing and matching – one of my key things is that everyone in the show has a unique look so that each character is completely different from every other character. Plus, there has to be a certain chemistry between certain characters, and that’s important to find. We should be finished around four-thirty or so and I’m sure we’ll finalize all but the two musician roles. Of course, that doesn’t mean everyone we choose will actually take the job, but we’re hoping they will. We will have back up choices for every role, though. After we’re through, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, eat, and come home and relax. It’s been quite the week.

Tomorrow is a ME day and a finalizing Kritzerland day – luckily the May show falls a week into the month on the seventh, so we’re still three weeks away. Then next week is getting everyone their music, meetings and meals, hopefully getting the final approval for our next release, shipping Rocket to the Moon on Monday, and seeing a few things, including the opening night of the play Kay Cole is directing and Doug Haverty is in – I think that’s on Friday.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have callbacks, mix and match, and finalize casting so offers can go out. I’ll hopefully pick up packages, I’ll eat, and then I’ll relax. Today’s topic of discussion: What are your favorite performances of Mr. George C. Scott, Mr. Melvyn Douglas, and Miss Tuesday Weld? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, as we head into callbacks.

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