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October 16, 2018:

SKETCHING THE NIGHTMARE AND LITTLE DRAMAS

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Well, dear readers, it was back to rehearsal last night.  It was fun to be back and we had our full company save for the one guy who’s not back with us for another six days or so.  I began by running the opening number, just to get everyone warmed up.  Then I dove into this “nightmare” sequence and it came together much faster than I’d have thought.  I’m sure I’ll futz and finesse it over the next few days as I watch it with the track – Richard Allen was with us, took notes, and kind of did a road map at the piano as we blocked.  We ran it a few times – I really like the way it begins, but am not entirely happy with what happens directly after that, but then it’s really good so I just have to play with that one moment until it feels right to me.  I don’t hate it or anything, but I’ll experiment, since I have the time to do that.

After I finished that, I continued going and got everything done right up until the eleven o’clock number for our leading lady, where I stopped because I hadn’t really anticipated getting to that until Wednesday. I was surprised to get all that done, frankly, but it was just sketching it out and it wasn’t that hard and when we ran it I thought it all looked quite nice.  As soon as rehearsal ended we had two bouts of drama.  One we suspected was coming – our latest cast member has been having trouble with her knee and it was just becoming too taxing for her, so we’re replacing her and hoping to have the gal we had standing by as a back-up with us for tonight.  And then we had drama number two, which was bothersome for both Doug and I – a surprise thrown at us that we did not appreciate.  We’ll deal with it however we so choose, but it was kind of irritating.

Prior to that, I’d gotten almost eight hours of sleep, answered e-mails (but am having terrible problems with one of my e-mail accounts in Mac Mail, so I have to get that fixed – very difficult to deal with since it’s my main account), had some telephonic conversations, made myself a cheeseburger on a low-cal bun, ate it all up, listened to music and relaxed.  Then I got ready, and then moseyed on over to the theatre for a production meeting.  That went very quickly and well.  They’d already struck the set that was there, so we now have our full stage, and today the periphery of the floor will be taped out so that I know where those things are – walls, entrances, etc.  And then we had our fun rehearsal.

Afterwards, I came right home, made myself an egg sandwich since I’d only had about 350 calories earlier, had some ice cream, answered more e-mails, wrote an e-mail about the second drama, and wrote the gal who will hopefully be with us tonight to replace the gal with the bad knee.  Then I attempted to relax and listen to music to calm me down.

Today, I have some things to catch up on, mostly to do with the Indiegogo campaign – I want to ship stuff we can ship, but it’s just daunting to go through all the e-mail addresses in the little list we downloaded because everything there is really tiny and difficult to read.  Then I’ll eat a meal somewhere fun, I’ll hopefully pick up packages, and then we rehearse.

The rest of the week is more of the same – meetings and meals and rehearsal right through Saturday.  Sunday I’m going to see our very own Sandy Bainum and Jenna Lea Rosen in a show.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, catch up on stuff, eat, hopefully pick up packages, and rehearse.  Today’s topic of discussion: What are your most favorite kinds of dreams, and which dreams scare you the most?  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have sketched out the nightmare and unhappy to have this continual drama interrupt the fun we’re all having.

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