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August 24, 2018:

THE CALLBACKS

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Well, dear readers, we are at 69% but had almost no action yesterday, so hoping we can at least go up a few percentage points today, and then we’ll relax until Monday and then put up a few new fun perks.  69% in four days is quite something, don’t you think?  Once again, here’s the direct link.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/a-carol-christmas-a-new-musical-needs-your-help/x/9165600#/

Yesterday was some kind of day.  I got seven hours of sleep, answered e-mails, had telephonic calls, dealt with the irritant as best I could, did some work on the computer, then went and had some chicken tenders and a bagel, after which I picked up an important envelope, did some errands and whatnot, and then came home. 

Once home, I began another set of liner notes, had more telephonic conversations, many back-and-forth e-mails about various and sundried things, some good, some bad, and some ugly, not necessarily in that order.  Grant scanned some material for me for an upcoming release, then I ascertained that all the Outside the Box uploads were finally processed and complete – that all really took a long time.  They’re getting me all the information about when we’ll start running, what the channel is and how you can, if you like, subscribe. 

Then I had to get ready for callbacks.  I moseyed on over to the Group Rep, we set up for our auditions.  I’d asked young Peyton Kirkner to be there to read with potential moms for her character.  It was fun to see the different dynamics with the different actresses who read with her.  I love this young girl’s instincts and she can make adjustments so quickly.  We saw some good folks, some new, some callbacks and it all went very quickly and we were done in two hours.

Then Doug and I went to the Coral Café, made a road map of who we liked for which role – we’ve already cast several roles, and for others I’ll have to decide between two candidates.  But we’re in good shape and after I make those decisions, then we’ll know how many people we’ll need to bring in from outside the group.  Whilst that was going on, I got a call – it began badly and deteriorated as it went along for the next hour.  Doug finally left and I continued the conversation on the way home. I’m not sure what the end result was other than a splitting headache over a lot of totally unnecessary drama. I’m bored of it and I said as much and I am hoping that the unnecessary drama will now stop completely because if it doesn’t, I will have to walk away from it with finality.  I don’t really need to go into specifics, but at my age, everything needs to be positive and fun – anything that’s not has to go far, far from me.  I has spoken.

By the time that was all over with, it was time to write these here notes, which, in case you haven’t noticed, is what I’ve been doing, but not quickly enough since they’re supposed to be up in one minute.  Oh, at the Coral I had a Belgian waffle and a side of bacon, which I felt was a reasonable evening snack. 

Today, I have a work session at eleven for the Kritzerland show, and then I shall finish a set of liner notes and begin another.  My plan, if I can manage it, is to prep three releases to announce on Sunday at midnight.  We haven’t announced a new release since Four Below Strikes Back and that was two months ago, so we need to do the three I think and we’ll almost be caught up. I’ll hopefully pick up packages, I’ll tub-thump the campaign on this our fifth day, and then I’m supping with the Shermans.  I’m going to them, and they’re taking me for a nice Eyetalian dinner.

Tomorrow, I’ll finish the final set of liner notes, do whatever needs doing, including relaxing, and then I’d forgotten that Barry Pearl and his ever-lovin’ Cindy are taking me to Ruth’s Chris for a meal.  That’s been in the works for a long time but how funny is it that there are two Ruth’s Chris meals in one week?  Sunday, I need to prep the three-release announcement but otherwise I’m just relaxing.  Then we begin our Kritzerland rehearsal week, which I’m very much looking forward to.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, have a work session, finish liner notes, begin liner notes, hopefully pick up packages, and then sup with the Shermans.  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 – I have no idea.  Your turn.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had some good callbacks.

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