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January 19, 2020:

THE EARLY BIRD CATCHES THE KRITZERLAND SHOW

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Well, dear readers, I am sitting here like so much fish, relaxing, listening to music, after a rather busy little day.  And once again, I must write these here notes in a hurry for I must be up early and to sound check by ten.  I don’t think we’ll be doing any more brunch shows, frankly, because I’m told that we are VERY light for today.  When I have ten kids in a show, I expect a sellout, but everyone who said it was a great idea to do a brunch show for the young person show is now saying they could have had lots of people if we’d done it in the evening.  Well, we’ll hope for the best.

Yesterday, as noted, was a very busy day.  I was up at eight-thirty and out of the house at nine-fifteen.  I stopped at Staples and picked up the Xeroxed book, then moseyed on over to the theater.  We were upstairs and we did our run-through up there.  The cast is now off-book, so there were the usual calls for lines, but it ran pretty smoothly and is looking good.  I also came up with a new way to stage a moment that, for me, is weird – it’s a device in the play and I want to make sure that the audience really understands the device and I’d asked Doug to write a line that would help that – he hasn’t yet, but as I watched that moment, I figured out how I could do it visually in the same way I helped a similar moment later in the play, so we’re going to try that at the next run-through.

After that, I stopped at the mail place and picked up a couple of packages, got a foot-long Subway Club for lunch, and a six-inch Spicy Eyetalian for the evening, came home, ate the foot-long, did some work on the computer and at the piano.  I now have the three main themes for the play, and everything will be variations of those themes.  So, now I’ll get all this stuff recorded in various guises.

Then the kids arrived, and we did our stumble-through, which went very well for the most part.  I gave some notes after, we ran a few things, and then they all departed. I did some book cleanup, just style stuff, and ate my spicy Eyetalian sandwich.  I had not one sweet, so that was good.  Then I sat on my couch like so much fish.

Last night, I watched a bit of Séance on a Wet Afternoon on a UK Blu and Ray, but I dozed off for twenty minutes, so I’ll just start from scratch tomorrow, when I’ll be a bit more rested.  I printed out the Kritzerland commentary after futzing and finessing it.  I still have to do a couple of things to have everything ready so I can leave in the morning without worrying about anything.  Then I finally listened to some music and relaxed.

Today, I’ll be up by eight, I’ll shave and shower (I may, in fact, shave before going to bed), get my wits about me, and then I’ll mosey on over to Vitello’s for sound check.  Then we do our show, and I’ll probably go downstairs and have a little salad or something.  Then I’ll come home and relax until I have to leave for The Federal to see a club act.  I’ll be sitting with Doug and family.  Then I’ll come right home and relax.

Tomorrow is a completely ME day and I don’t care who knows it.  I am relaxing, doing a few easy to do things, and that’s about it, although I will probably start writing the commentary for the Elmer Bernstein concert to get that off my plate.  Then the rest of the week is play rehearsals, a designer run-through, a concert rehearsal, then we do the two concert performances, while I also will do a rehearsal for the play before the matinee on Saturday, and we’ll have a proper run-through on Sunday, which will lead us into our tech weekend.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, be up by eight, have a sound check, do a show, relax, see a club act, 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, hoping the early bird will catch not the worm but the Kritzerland show.

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