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November 15, 2019:

BANJO BITS

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Well, dear readers, we vacuumed act three last night and whilst doing so came up with some pretty funny sight gags, which is what I love doing.  And having Barry Pearl is such a treat because we are so on the same wavelength and I can throw anything at him, and he’ll do it up right.  Then he’ll have ideas and we’ll build on them and we get funny stuff from all that.  Of course, we do that, run it several times, take a break, then run it again and of course everyone has forgotten what they did, so now they have to, on their own, lock all these things into place so that they’re second nature.  But the evening went well and as soon as everyone finds the pace things will begin to cook.  Also, when I walked into the theater I was happy to see they’ve begun getting our set in – the stairs are there now and we could conceivably work on the stage tonight, although I’m not sure I want to throw that at everyone for our first run-through since Tuesday.  We shall see.  If not, then we’ll be on the stage on Tuesday and I’m thinking that at least the bones of the entire set will be there.

Prior to that, I got six hours of sleep, was up at ten, did the usual morning things – answered e-mails and had telephonic conversations – then I recorded a little something at the piano and sent that off.  Then the helper’s mom came and dropped off a box of 100 Creature DVDs.  I was happy with the way they looked but as I stared at them I realized that I had to sign all of them and she’d have to bring me another box and take these back to ship to the Indiegogo folks.  I went and picked up some packages, then stopped at Taco Bell and came home and it all up.  Then I listened to some music as I began the task of unwrapping the wrapping on each DVD – very time consuming and truly irritating to do.  Then I had to pull out the wraparound.  Then I had to sign the wraparound.  Then I had to put the wraparound back in the packaging – none of this is as easy as it sounds and it’s how I spent the rest of my afternoon – thank goodness I could listen to music whilst doing it.  I got about fifty done before I had to mosey on over to the theater.  Oh, and we finally got another screener yesterday – Rocketman – which I’m looking forward to watching tomorrow night after rehearsal.  Another DGA member also got something called Honey Boy, I think.  But the rest of us only got the one, so presumably we’ll get that one, too, unless the member who got it is also a member of another union and just thought it was a DGA thing rather than PGA or the editor’s union, or the WGA.  We find that happens a lot, where people say they got a screener but one which did not go to the DGA membership.  We don’t like those people at ALL.

After rehearsal, I came right home, and unwrapped another twenty-five DVDs, pulled out the wraparounds, and those are now waiting for me to sign and then put back the wraparounds, and that will leave twenty-five more to do.  I’m going to try and do that before going to bed.

Today, I’ll be up by eleven at the latest, I’m hoping the helper or her mom can come by noon, and then I’ll eat something, hopefully pick up some packages, then relax until it’s time to mosey on over to the theater to have a run-through.  I’m sure it will be rough.  Everyone is trying to be off book, but the larger roles are still struggling with lines – it’s better every night, but it does slow things down.  We’ll time everything and see where we’re at.  My assistant director is having her wisdom teeth out today and won’t return until Tuesday.  So, our double cast Junes will take turns doing that job, calling out lines, and taking notes for me.

Tomorrow, we meet at ten, do a run-through to start the day, and then we’ll work problem areas for a couple of hours.  After that, some of us may just go have a nice meal at a nice restaurant.  Then I’ll come home and watch Rocketman and whatever else might have arrived, and, of course, listen to more music.  Sunday will be exactly the same, save for the meal afterwards.  Monday is our day off, so I’ll attend to other things, then we resume on Tuesday.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up by eleven at the lastest, hopefully the helper will be buy to bring me a new box of DVDs and take all the signed copies back with her and get them all shipped out by the end of the weekend, I’ll eat, hopefully pick up packages, relax, then have a rehearsal.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Friday – what is currently in your CD player and your DVD/Blu and Ray player?  I’ll start – CD, Weinberg, Weinberg, and more Weinberg. DVD, Rocketman (and I need to pop in the Creature DVD just to make certain all is well and well is all).  Your turn.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have come up with some really funny Banjo bits.

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