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October 18, 2018:

REPLACING THE REPLACEMENTS

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Well, dear readers, it is late and therefore I must write these here notes in a hurry because to not do so would result in at least one highland fling and two clog dances.  So, our rehearsal was once again a lot of fun, even though we had to let our replacement actress go because she had a conflict that would take her away from us for five days and since she was just getting blocked in it would just be too crazy. So, we’re on the hunt again and hopefully we’ll figure it out today so our new gal can start tonight or tomorrow night.

I began with the opening number, cleaned up a few things, then blocked the little scene change into the first long sequence.  From there we kept going forward, all the while I vacuumed what wasn’t working for me, adjusted little bits of staging and now that the stage is taped out and I finally understand where exactly things live, I changed a few positions of actors to accommodate that.  Each time I finished a sequence I blocked the scene change that followed – it’s really good to get this stuff at least assigned and staged and so far it all flows really well.  And the flow of the scenes is pretty good, too.  The three hours flew by really fast and we’re almost at the halfway point now in this process.  Just have to find our new gal.

Prior to that, I got about seven hours of sleep, got up, and happily found that my main AOL e-mail account had finally finished whatever the HELL it was trying to do, and it had downloaded all the e-mails that hadn’t shown up and best of all was in synch with my iPhone.  So, I’m hoping that will be the end of that trouble.  I then went and got a foot-long turkey sandwich at Subway – only 560 calories. I came home, ate it all up, and then Robert Yacko and his pianist showed up.  They worked by themselves for an hour.  When I’d hear a wrong rhythm or wrong chords, I’d come and correct them.

Then we ran this new two-act incarnation of his show.  I found the opening patter and a few other new patter bits too long and unfocused, so I took notes on that stuff and on musical stuff, and just a few performance things.  I gave all the music notes first and hopefully that fellow will make all those adjustments.  Then we began with the patter and I just gave ideas for shortening and focusing, and came up with some good lines.  Then I gave the few performance notes, and Robert, who is really good at taking notes and getting all those little adjustments done, went home.  I got ready and then it was time to mosey on over to the theater.  I never did have time to even check if there was mail.

After rehearsal, I stopped at Gelson’s for a couple of snacks – a little stuffing, a little creamed spinach, and I bought some bagels and cream cheese.  I came home and had a bagel, the stuffing, and the creamed spinach, all very good.  Then I caught up on e-mails, listened to music, and relaxed.

Today I can relax during the day, although I may start a new set of liner notes just to get them on their way.  I’ll eat something light, hopefully pick up some packages, and then it’s rehearsal. We’ll pick up right where we left off, and I’ll block the few scene changes that are left and the two little easy musical numbers that are left, which are basically just point and click staging things.

Tomorrow, I’ll continue to smooth out things and run scenes so that Saturday we can actually go straight through the show, although we’ll be missing at least one person.  By Monday evening, however, we should be able to do a rough and proper run-through, so that will be really fun.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, relax, eat, hopefully pick up packages, work up some liner notes, rehearse, and hopefully find our new actress.  Today’s topic of discussion: Fish.  What are your favorite what is it, fish fishies to eat?  How do you like your fish done?  Do you like raw fish?  Shellfish?  All things fish, people.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, as we continue on our quest of replacing the replacements.

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