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November 11, 2017:

THE PERFORMANCE UPTICK

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Well, dear readers, it is late and I must write these here notes in a hurry because I must be up at seven-thirty and at LACC an hour later. I gotta tell you. So, yesterday was a day and a half. Thankfully I got up just before the alarm was set to go off, because it would not have gone off. I’m afraid the old iPad is done for. I answered e-mails, had a telephonic conversation, then went to the mail place to pick up some mail and then moseyed on over to LACC. I quickly realized that just because it was a school holiday it wasn’t actually a holiday for anyone else, so the traffic was grotesque.

Once there we did about forty-five minutes of clean ups, most of which involved Kay. I reblocked one little scene, and then we ran the show without stopping. Thankfully only one person called for a line, and I told everyone that that was the last run-through they could do that – from now on they’re on their own. Kay and I took notes and after the run (which ran its run time like clockwork) we gave them. Several actors’ work took a major uptick, and that’s always wonderful to see. I think the flow of the show is getting better and better and I think if the lighting is good that will really help all of that.

Then I went to the new house – the traffic was horrible. Once there, I unboxed and shelved six boxes of books and I’m now up to “R” so not too many boxes left to unbox – there’s the missing “I – J” and I’m sure that will turn up at some point. Then I came home and the gal who helped box up stuff the other day came – we went and grabbed a bite to eat. I had chicken tenders, a side Caesar salad, and a few fries. Then we came right back and she began boxing the remaining CDs. She got the hall closet done (classical) and the credenza (mixture) and all the Film Score Monthly CDs from the bookroom closet. So, all that remains are about one hundred jazz CDs in that closet and I’ll box those as soon as I recycle more boxes on Sunday. We also got all the kitchen drawers emptied and I’d already done the hallway drawers. So, we’re getting there.

Today, I’m at LACC at eight-thirty to watch light cues and make comments. The cast arrives at eleven, gets in mics, and we begin our cue-to-cue. There’s a meal break at two, then we finish whatever’s left of the cue-to-cue and take a short break, after which we do a complete run-through without stops. I’m sure I’ll need a relaxing dinner after that. I’m hoping we’re out by seven-thirty, that’s my goal. I may even do a quick new house run after. While I’m at tech, the helper will be boxing up the garage.

Tomorrow, the helper, her helpers, and her husband arrive and we begin part one of the big move. I know all three couches will go over, as well as the den and living room side chairs, the two remaining coffee tables, and maybe even the dresser. I think we’re waiting to get the bed over there on Tuesday morning with the rest of the stuff. Also, the rest of the boxes will go into the garage along with the shelving so we can begin unboxing CDs and Blu-rays. And the audio/video guy will be here and he’ll bring the TVs, speakers and equipment, plus the TV stand over and hook all that stuff up. So, a big day, but I’m hoping that I have the entire evening to relax. Monday we have our band rehearsal at one, then a sitzprobe at four that can’t run longer than an hour, then a meal break, then it’s into costumes for our first dress rehearsal. Tuesday is part two of the big move, then our second dress rehearsal. Tuesday I officially move in and will sleep in the new house and hope I never have to see or think about the old house again. Wednesday we have our final dress, for which we’ll have a small audience. Thursday is our preview and Friday is our official Levi opening night. Much to do for that night, and we have to prepare for it. And I have to go over all the Indiegogo seating and stuff and get that all done. I may have someone else do that, as I am topping off with too much stuff to do.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be at LACC early to watch light cues, I must do a cue-to-cue, have a meal break, do a run-through and if I’m feeling up to it, make a run to the new house. Today’s topic of discussion: What is your favorite electronic device of the past twenty years? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy that the performances are taking an uptick.

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