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October 21, 2017:

THE FUN FINAL MUSIC REHEARSAL

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Well, dear readers, we finished our third and final music-only rehearsal and it was fun and we finally moved back into our theater – the black box was like a meat locker it was so cold. Our theater is just the right temperature. We reviewed everything, worked on specifics, and went through most of the smaller group and solo numbers, getting those more solid. We were missing about three people, but that should be the last time that happens. I assigned some solo lines within songs, and towards the very end of our rehearsal Elizabeth Sherman called and we chatted then I had her hand Richard the phone and I had everyone sing the counterpoint ending of the opening number. From what he could hear he was very pleased and I told the cast and they were just as pleased. It was fun.

Then Richard Allen and I went to the House of Pies for a meal (I hadn’t eaten anything all day). I had two broasted chicken breasts and a salad, both yummilicious. The good broasted chef was obviously on, thank goodness. After that, I came home, answered e-mails, had a hopeful conversation with a replacement sound designer so I’m waiting on pins and needles as well as needles and pins for his confirmation. I did some work on our next Kritzerland release, too. Oh, and I still haven’t found an actress replacement for our Asian character. So, in our cast of students we have a gal who’s quarter Japanese – her father is half-Japanese and her grandmother on the father’s side was all Japanese, so I think I’m going to let her do the role because I am so bored of trying to talk actors into doing this wonderful show. Everyone complains of lack of diversity, but the reality is when you try to cast the way everyone would like you simply can’t find anyone, so then you have to do what you have to do and that’s all there is to it and to it that’s all there is. Oh, wait, I forgot to talk about the rest of the day.

Yesterday was an okay day. I only got six hours of restless sleep. I was feeling very at sea in the morning due to a decision I’ve made, but I know it’s the right thing to do at this time, oh, yes, I know it’s the right thing to do at this time. That decision has resulted in a couple of stinky e-mail volleys, but those will soon be a thing of the past once and for all. I’ll share this news soon and I truly believe it’s all for the positive. I did some banking and finally got my Levi script Xeroxed and in a nice binder. I did some work on the computer, made telephonic calls, had no luck in finding a replacement actress, picked up one package, and then was on my way to LACC for our rehearsal.

Today, I think she of the Evil Eye is coming, so I’ll go eat a little breakfast, then am meeting Grant Geissman after that for a little while, then I’ll hopefully pick up an important piece of mail (if it’s not there I’ll have to make a phone call about it to put in a nudge), I’ll try to finish the liner notes, make a show order, start writing the commentary, and at some point I’ll hopefully get to relax a bit.

Tomorrow will be more of the same. I was thinking about seeing a matinee of a play a friend is in, but I just don’t think I can. I have to clear my head and get ready for the intensive week ahead. Monday we begin staging the show, right from the top. It’s also a week of meetings and meals and going and doing, a Kritzerland work session, and more. I really have to keep on top of everything – just a lot o’ stuff happening at the same time.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have an early breakfast, see Grant Geissman, hopefully pick up packages and important mail, finish liner notes, make a show order, write commentary, and relax. Today’s topic of discussion: Best fried chicken ever. Where? When? What was so great about it? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, whilst I wait on pins and needles to have a hopefully positive call from the sound person and happy to have had a fun final music rehearsal (not that we won’t be running music throughout the process).

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