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October 28, 2018:

THE CRAZY WEEK BEGINS

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Well, dear readers, I haven’t watched anything in a week, so I’m making up for lost time by watching the second part of Making a Murderer on the Flix of Net.  I’m on episode four and have no idea how far they’re stretching part two – I believe part one was ten episodes.  What astonishes me is that I have heard nothing since that aired about any of the things that have happened, so as with part one it’s quite suspenseful and addicting. I hope I don’t go into finishing it tonight mode because if it’s ten episodes I’ll be up until five.

Yesterday was a day that wasn’t too bad at all.  I got almost eight hours of sleep, I did morning stuff, and then I moseyed on over to the theater for our one o’clock rehearsal in the upstairs space.  In the theater itself, Tesshi, my wonderful set designer, and several helpers including the guy who does most of their sets, were there and basically had everything built and already in place and would shortly begin painting everything with the primer coat.  It looked really good and it’s really going to work well, I think.  Then I went upstairs and we began about 1:15. I decided to do a stop-and-start run-through, which was the right thing to do in that space.

I didn’t really stop too much, but some things came to me as I watched – things I smoothed out, little bits of business to add, which is what I do at this point, and I even added a few words here and there to help get us through musical vamps where people were just waiting to sing – just a little verbal interaction to cover that time, and those things were really helpful.  I gave some little performance things, too, and little energy notes, and it went very smoothly and with pretty good energy, too.  That lasted until about three-thirty.  We took a break, came back, I gave a few little notes and dismissed everyone at four, two hours early.

Then I hung out in the theater for about fifteen minutes, then I came home briefly, checked e-mails, after which I went to Subway and got a Spicy Eyetalian foot-long sandwich.  I brought it home and ate it all up, whilst catching up on e-mails and telephonic conversations.  I listened to music, including the wackiest symphony by Havergal Brian, a British composer that I’m starting to like, even though I wasn’t that sold on him from years ago. He wrote some thirty-two symphonies – the wackiest of them being the first, which he wrote over a decade from 1917 to 1927.  It didn’t have it’s first professional performance until 1966 under Adrian Boult.  Part of that has to do with what it takes to actually perform this insane work.  Two full orchestras, various choirs whose number total 500 and like that.  Oh, and the fact that it’s almost two hours long. I heard it first on a pioneering Marco Polo recording and couldn’t really appreciate it, but I took out the CD last week and finally listened and it’s really quite good, especially orchestrally.  But the choir stuff is very dynamic, too, and while it’s not something you want to hear once a week, boy it sure is fascinating.  There’s a newer recording that I’d like to hear, done live, that apparently sounds better.  And I’ve got quite a few other Brian symphonies to hear – those are mercifully shorter.  Then I sat on my couch like so much fish and spent the evening watching Making a Murderer Part Deux.

Today, I’ll sleep in if I decide to watch a lot more episodes, but if not I’ll get up and do some work on the computer and maybe complete the show before I mosey on over for our five o’clock rehearsal on our brand spanking new set. I’m sure we’ll have to adjust a thing or two at the start, and then we’ll do our run-through.  We should have our full company.  Then I’ll eat and come home and relax.

Tomorrow begins what is really going to be an insane week.  We have our first Kritzerland rehearsal, then I go right to the theater.  Then Tuesday we have a three-hour music rehearsal for the revue and then rehearsal. Wednesday I do believe is Halloween and a night off for us.  Then Thursday is the second Kritzerland rehearsal followed by our show rehearsal, Friday we rehearse again, Saturday we rehearse in the morning and then we have a stumble-through of Kritzerland, and then Sunday we have an early show rehearsal, I think, but maybe we’re off – have to check – and then of course we do sound check and the Kritzerland show.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, sleep in or not, watch if I haven’t finished, rehearse, eat, and relax. 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, as the crazy week begins.

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