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January 5, 2020:

MY SO-CALLED “VACATION” IS OVER

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Well, dear readers, I must once again write these here notes in a hurry, for I must once again be up at eight-thirty so that I can attend the meet-and-greet for Doug Haverty’s play at ten in the morning.  I don’t think that will last more than an hour for me, but our costume designer will be there to take measurements.  I’ll probably go grab a light something-or-other to eat, then return for our matinee and Kay Cole’s final show.

Yesterday was a day with not enough hours.  I was up at eight-thirty, had a light breakfast burrito at Jerry’s Deli, got some stuff at nearby Staples, picked up some packages, and then came home.

Once home, I futzed and finessed for about forty minutes, then continued writing.  By the time I had to leave for the theater, I’d done about thirty-two pages.  Then I got ready and moseyed on over to the theater.

The show was completely sold out with a waiting list, but they managed to get everyone in.  I watched acts one and three.  The energy seemed a bit low at times, but the audience was clearly enjoying it and most of what I saw was just fine, save for some sloppiness in act three, which I’ll send a little e-mail missive about.  After the show, Kay thanked me for helping her rediscover the joy of performing, and boy does she have the joy now and she positively radiates after a performance.  I hung out for a bit, then came right home.

I’d had nothing but the breakfast burrito, so I made a couple of English muffins with butter and jam and those hit the spot and then the spot hit those.  Then I put on some music and began writing these here notes.  Tonight’s completely unknown but wonderful composer is a woman named Ina Boyle – very much in the Vaughan Williams and Arnold Bax pastoral style and simply beautiful

Today, I’ll be up by eight-thirty.  I may shave tonight so I don’t have to do that in the morning.  Then I’ll shower and get ready and then I’ll mosey on over to the theater for our meet-and-greet, although, just to be contrary, I may just greet-and-meet and see if anyone notices.  Once that’s done, I may walk down to the little Chinese jernt and have some soup, then I’ll do the pre-show speech and watch our matinee if there’s an actual seat open.  Not sure if we’ll do anything after the show – we shall see.  But I do want to be home no later than six-thirty so I can futz and finesse and then write more pages, which is how I’ll be spending the entire evening.

Tomorrow, I’ll be up by ten, and then I do believe I can have a complete day and evening of writing and getting the Kritzerland show all set and announced.  We’re still without a pianist, but I hope that will be solved today, actually.  The rest of the week is writing, two short rehearsals for the upcoming Elmer Bernstein concert and doing a one-hour podcast here.  And Tuesday evening we begin rehearsing Doug’s play.  It’s a very small show, mostly two person scenes, sometimes three, so it should block very quickly.  I really want to block it quickly so that I can then spend time running it so I can see what’s working and what I need to experiment with, and to really spend time on the performances.  On Thursday night, I have to split my time between a play rehearsal and a put-in for our final week’s Miss Preen.  Then we play our final weekend of The Man Who Came to Dinner.  It’s been a great success for the theater, and I know they’ve sold several season subscriptions because folks loved this production.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up early, have both a meet-and-greet and a greet-and-meet, grab a little something to tide me over, attend the matinee and send-off for Kay Cole, then either go get something to eat or just come home and write.  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, wishing that my so-called “vacation” weren’t over quite so quickly.

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