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November 15, 2018:

A CAROL CHRISTMAS – FIRST PREVIEW

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Well, dear readers, we had our first preview last night and I think it went pretty well, actually.  We had about thirty-five people there (word got out late) and they were a very friendly crowd.  The show has been running ninety minutes like clockwork and the pace last night was really good.  Some of the energy flagged in the middle of the show, but then picked up, and the final ten minutes were as good as they’ve ever been.  And because of the way the finale and bows are structured, we definitely leave them happy.  We had a few lyric flubs, so hopefully that was just nerves.  The sound was smoother, but there are still a few things to adjust, and the lighting was very good, save for a couple of early lights up – and other than we had a light go out a third of the way through the show so that an area where some important scenes take place was a bit dark.  Our very own Robert Yacko was there and had very nice things to say.

After the show, I gave what will be my final after-show set of notes.  If I have any notes after tonight’s preview or during the run, they’ll come via e-mail.  We’re not going to have the set finalized until Friday – it involves some painting and decoration that will be a surprise for people, but Tesshi can’t get to it until Friday.  I came right home, and am now listening to music as I write these here notes.

Prior to all that, I’d gotten about seven-and-a-half hours of sleep.  Once up, I answered e-mails, did some work on the computer, then went and had another Cobb salad, after which I picked up one little package.  Then I came home, got ready, and I left around five to do a couple of errands and whatnots, after which I went to the theater.

We did some sound testing, we added something to the two front moving panels that really helps perk things up, and we ran a couple of things, and that was that.

Today, I just need to do some writing, hoping for some miracles, I’ll eat, hopefully pick up some packages, and then I’ll mosey on over to the theater around six-thirty for our seven o’clock call, at which point we’ll do some sound things prior to our final preview.  Then we play our final preview and I’m hoping we have a much larger crowd.

Tomorrow, I have to write all my thank you notes, which will take a few hours, I probably won’t eat anything other than a small snack to tide me over until the after party.  Then I’ll get to the theater around six-thirty as there’s a little pre-show do upstairs for the Indiegogo folks.  There are less than fifteen tickets left for opening night.  My darling daughter will be there as will the Shermans, if all goes according to Hoyle.  After the show there’s an after-party backstage, and then I may go out after that. Saturday I’m just doing a whole bunch of nothing and then will see the evening performance.  Sunday will be more of the same and seeing the matinee.  We have Indiegogo folks coming all weekend, so we treat each performance as an opening night.  Then next week I have four rehearsals for the little revue I’m directing, which plays the following week.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, do some writing, hope for some miracles, eat, hopefully pick up packages, do some sound adjustments, and then have our final preview.  Today’s topic of discussion: Sometimes, when I’m feeling a little crazy, I like to put a Ding Dong or chocolate donut in an ice cream bowl and put Vanilla Swiss Almond ice cream over it – completely decadent but very yummilicious.  So, what are your favorite decadent and crazy ways to embellish your ice cream cravings? Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have had a pretty smooth first preview.

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