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March 11, 2018:


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Well, dear readers, we had us a pretty excellent stumble-through yesterday. Seeing and hearing the show in show order was ever so much fun. The structure worked like gangbusters and everyone did really well. There were lots o’ laughs, and lots of supportive applause and this cast is just top shelf. Little Peyton Kirkner held her own with these incredible people – her number got one of the best reactions from our cast – she was completely adorable, professional, and is uber-talented, and also has innate comedy timing. It was a most pleasurable hour and oh those songs. To use the old saw – they just don’t write ‘em like that anymore and boy they don’t.

Prior to that, I’d only gotten four hours of sleep, which obviously wasn’t enough but she of the Evil Eye was here early and I had to beat a hasty retreat. So, I went to Jerry’s Deli and had the usual bacon and eggs and fruit. After that, I picked up one little package, then came home. I basically just relaxed, then got ready for the stumble-through.

After we finished, Jenna, her mom, Grant, and I went to Barone’s. I had a salad, and the table shared a large pepperoni pizza. I had four pieces of it, but four of their slices is the equivalent of two normal pieces of pizza. We all had a very good time, and then I came home and sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I continued with the Hammer thrillers box set, watching a 1958 motion picture entitled The Snorkel, directed by Guy Green. It’s a nice little thriller with an interesting gimmick, and I quite liked the young teen actress in it, Mandy Miller. The transfer is very grainy but good – not as good as the one from the night before, but still okay.

After that, I printed out the commentary and got everything ready for tonight’s show. Then I relaxed, did some work on the computer, and that was that.

Today, I have one errand to do, otherwise I’ll hopefully arise after a good night’s beauty sleep, and I’ll rest my voice and relax until I get ready. Then I’ll mosey on over to The Federal for sound check. We’re getting there a bit early to run The Swing Dolls song, which is actually the opening number of the show. Then we’ll do the rest of the sound check. I’ll probably have a small Caesar if they have it, if not, I may not eat anything. Then we’ll do the show. After, I’m sure some of us will go and have a bite to eat. I will, of course, have a full report for you.

Tomorrow I have to start planning the April show and casting it, but mostly this is going to be another nightmare week. The delay in us having titles to announce is literally killing me and I don’t really know what to do about it because we’re just one of many licensors and you can’t berate these people or nothing will ever happen. But it’s literally now been five weeks since we got the rights to two big titles and I really thought we would have announced by now. Well, hopefully a miracle will happen. I hate to keep harping on the miracles because we’ve already had some really necessary ones, but that’s the way it is right now. I’m hoping test books will be winging their way to me sooner than later so I can get the book order in. What do you all think about doing an audio book for GEE? I’d have to find a great gal to read it, but I think it would lend itself to an audio book well.

The rest of the week is meetings and meals and trying to survive this crazy time. All excellent vibes and xylophones appreciated by the likes of me.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, get a good night’s beauty sleep, do one errand, rest my voice and relax, get read, do a sound check, do a show, and then go out for a bite to eat. Today’s topic of discussion: It’s free-for-all day, the day in which you dear readers get to make with the topics and we all get to post about them. So, let’s have loads of lovely topics and loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a fun stumble-through and remembering that we are springing forward – so set your clocks one hour ahead or you will be behind and that would be unseemly.

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