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May 5, 2017:


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Well, dear readers, I must write these here notes in a hurry for she of the Evil Eye will be here all too soon and a day early and I’ll need as much sleep as I can get. So, let me just say that our second Kritzerland rehearsal was even more fun than the first. No one was really completely off book save for two performers, but everyone will be by Saturday’s stumble-through. The structure and song order seems like it will work very well, so that’s good. We adjusted a few things, and Jenna Lea Rosen’s mom Heather did some quick and easy ography for The Helms Man and that’s cute as a button. And unlike at LACC, here we get the three-part harmony in the bridge and at the end, which I love. Here’s a little behind the scenes rehearsal video – the girls are trying to remember the ography they’d just been given one minute before AND the lyrics – but it’s fun to watch them try to put two and two together.


After the rehearsal, the kids, moms, and I went to Jerry’s Deli and I had matzo ball soup, which was really terrific and a perfect little snack for the evening. Prior to all that, I’d gotten about seven hours of sleep, got up, did my usual morning things like answering e-mails, printing a few orders, and having a few telephonic calls. Then I went and had a lean pastrami sandwich with cole slaw and 1000-Island dressing, after which I picked up no packages.

Then I came back home, did some work on the computer, attended to some Dial ‘M’ for Murder business, and then it was time for our rehearsal.

After I got home, I watched the final two episodes of Feud. I really thought the entire thing was just ordinary and typical of its producer – a whole lot o’ fiction amongst the facts. I thought one actor captured the essence of who he was playing perfectly – the guy playing Joseph Cotton – he had the voice and mannerisms down perfectly, so we know it can be done. The parade of handsome young men was amusing the first twelve times, but then it got tiresome, if you get my meaning. The final episode was the worst of the eight. But I know many who enjoyed it, so this was just one person’s opinion, for whatever it was worth.

Now, before we go any further, may we just call attention to the fact that today is Cinco de Mayo – not Cinco de Mustard, mind you, or even Cinco de ketchup – no, it is Cinco de Mayo, aka May 5. And being Cinco de Mayo that means it is yet another anniversary day for my two motion pictures – The First Nudie Musical began filming on May 5, 1975, forty-two years ago (it was a Monday back then). And the Creature Wasn’t Nice began filming on May 5, 1981, thirty-six years ago (it was a Monday back then). So, Happy Anniversary to Nudie and Creature.

After all the viewing, I just relaxed and was happy to receive much earlier than anticipated, the complete script of the Sherman Brothers musical in Word, the way I like it. So now it will be very easy for me to make comments, revise, and have a working script that’s easy to deal with. The LACC student who typed it got the Word document (twelve pages done by me) last night and she just buckled down, Winsocki, took the bull by the damn horns, and did it. All the formatting is correct save for two little things, and those are easy for me to fix as I go along.

Today, I’ll be up at eight and she of the Evil Eye will be here shortly thereafter. I have to go meet someone at ten briefly, then I’ll eat, then I’ll come back home. At some point I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, but mostly I have to stay in and do nothing but rest my body and voice, although I may try to jog, as I really need to stop being a slug (guls, spelled backwards).

Tomorrow I’ll also be up early so I can get my voice into some kind of shape for our earlier-than-usual stumble-through at eleven-thirty. After that, I just relax until about 5:45, and then I drive out to Westlake for this event I’m attending. I’ll be sitting with Barry and Cindy Pearl, so that will be fun, but I have to be very careful not to chatter too much. I’m hoping the evening will be done by nine, but even if it isn’t, I’ll leave around that time if the portion that I’m actually going for is over by then. Tomorrow I’ll relax and do nothing until it’s time for sound check, and then show.

Let’s all put on our pointy party hats and our colored tights and pantaloons, let’s all break out the cheese slices and the ham chunks, let’s all dance the Hora and the Monkey, for today is the birthday of our very own dear reader George.  So, let’s give a big haineshisway.com birthday cheer to our very own dear reader George.  On the count of three: One, two, three – A BIG HAINESHISWAY.COM BIRTHDAY CHEER TO OUR VERY OWN DEAR READER GEORGE!!!

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up early, have a brief meeting, eat, hopefully pick up packages, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Friday – what is currently in your CD player, and your DVD/Blu and Ray player? I’ll start – CD, more Shostakovich. Blu-ray, who knows? Your turn. Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, as we celebrate some Cinco with Mayo.

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