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October 7, 2018:


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Well, dear readers, we had a pretty excellent stumble-through yesterday.  I think there was only one very minor lyric flub and everyone did a great job.  The structure worked really well, it all moved along at a good pace, and I had very few notes.  Afterwards, Doug and I went to Barone’s for a little pizza.  I was good and only had three pieces, which, in real pizza terms is like having a piece and a half.

Prior to that, I was up early, she of the Evil Eye arrived and off I went for a light breakfast.  I did a little planning for Monday’s blocking rehearsal – just getting a general idea of what I want the opening to look like.  Then I picked up one package and came home and we did the stumble-through soon thereafter.

Once back home from Barone’s, I relaxed and rested my voice for the remainder of the day and evening.  I went through the commentary, made some adjustments, then printed it out.  I also spent some time correcting people on Facebook about the latest stupid Facebook hoax.  People will fall for anything and you’d think after being shown that time and time again that they’d actually Google something.  In this hoax, they get a message from a friend saying, “Hey – I got a second friend request from you” blah, blah, blah.  And everyone panics.  And then they swear it’s real because they got a message from a friend saying the friend had gotten a second friend request when all the fried had done was forward what THEY’D received – and share and share and share with everyone in a panic.  Three weeks ago we had the one about no one seeing posts so leave a word – that one’s been going around for years.  This one was an epidemic, though, and smart people fell for it left and right.  But do you know how easy it is to know it’s a hoax? Let me tell you: You simply type your name into the search box.  If you don’t see two accounts with your name and avatar, then you haven’t been cloned. It’s that simple.  But no one thinks to do that – they just panic and continue to spread the hoax.  And for those still in denial, follow this link.


I had a little ice cream for my treat, and then at some point I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a motion picture on the Flix of Net entitled Chappaquiddick, about that event.  I didn’t care for it that much, but it did at least pick up some steam about a third of the way in.  In the end, it makes Ted Kennedy look pretty much like a complete fool, but it does have some interesting things in it, I suppose.  I found the music score particularly bad.  The acting was fine.

After that, I listened to more music and relaxed and rested my voice, took a hot shower, and then it was time to write these here notes whilst listening to the third opera version of The Trial, this one particularly weird as it also uses Kafka’s own life to tell the story.  But of the three, the music here at least lives in a sound world that is somewhat Kafkaesque.  No one will be humming any tunes, but I thought the orchestration was interesting and I was fascinated by how tonally and musically different each of them is.

Today, I’ll hopefully arise after a good night’s beauty sleep, and then I’ll relax and rest my voice, get ready, and then when it’s time I’ll mosey on over to Vitello’s for sound check and then show.  I wish a few more people were coming, but I’ve pushed as much as I’m going to.  Our imitators have unfortunately so splintered the audience it’s just gotten very difficult.  When we began, we were IT.  Now there are about five shows that “borrow” our format.  People simply cannot attend five shows a month and our latest imitator does their shows on the night after we do ours.  Amazing.  In any case, I’m hopeful we’ll pick up some people tomorrow and I will, of course, have a full report for you.

Tomorrow I begin staging A Carol Christmas.  The sound people are coming and setting up their speakers and mics so I can make sure that what we’re doing is going to work.  The rest of the week is meetings and meals and rehearsals every night until Friday.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, arise after a good night’s beauty sleep, I must relax and rest my voice, and then I must have a sound check and do a show.  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, and happy to have had a good stumble-through and to have been a helpful hoax slayer.

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