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Suddenly, I'm in another play! - Christmas Carol




It's been a bit of a whirlwind the past week. A couple cast members had family emergencies and had to drop out of a production of Christmas Carol last week, so I was asked to join the cast to fill in... My first rehearsal was Tuesday for a run that started on Sunday! Needless to say i'be been a wee bit busy with prep, and then the show. The run was supposed to be Sunday to Tuesday (today), but two more shows this Saturday were added to the bill yesterday.

Luckily the parts I needed to fill are fairly easy; an extra in a few scenes and one of the gentlemen talking about Scrooge after his death, so I was able to work on my parts despite really not having any time to put into it. There had been a break in and some theft from the theatre a couple weeks ago, and, unfortuately, the effects of it were still being discovered up to our technical and dress rehearsal on Friday. Missing cables and other items threw a wrench into the preparation process such that come Sunday morning, we were still scrambling to prepare for the evening's show. Despite the tight timeline and added stress, the show went splendidly. There were one or two minor technical hiccups in the performance, but nothing that was too important, and, not knowing what effects were supposed to happen, the audience was likely completely unaware of them; the performances of the actors were pretty spot on. Last night's show went even smoother, and I'm expecting tonight to go just as well.

The audience has been quite receptive, and we played to a full house Sunday night, and it was nearly sold out last night as well. I don't expect tonight will be any different!

Unfortunately, I am having wisdom teeth extracted on Friday. With the addition of the two Saturday shows it's possible I may not be around to close out the performances... it all depends on whether I'm in pain or loopy on medications, which can't be predicted ahead of time. Some people do just fine after oral surgery, some people are in extreme pain... we'll see where I am in that spectrum when the time comes Wink



5 blog comments below

Looks as though this is developing into a hobby of sorts. Well done! Don't know where you get all the energy though. When I get off work all I can do is flop - dead beat. Razz

Wisdom teeth is all but fun. But dentists seem to have that sorted out these days. Hopefully it won't interfere with the stage show.
deanhills on Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:21 pm
Yeah, I went from having no theatre involvement for a couple years to suddenly being (perhaps) too busy! It's been an interesting couple months. Some days it's less about having the energy, and more about acting like you do Wink

I'm hoping for, and kind of expecting, a relatively rapid recovery... but we'll see just what happens.
Ankhanu on Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:29 am
Congratulations and good luck with losing your wisdom. Mine went without a problem although many years later I am wishing that I had some wisdom left.
standready on Wed Nov 26, 2014 6:05 pm
That sounds exciting and nerve-racking! I've never been one for speaking in front of people but I could play as long as I was surrounded by my band-mates. I've seen a couple plays at the newer theatre near me and that was pretty exciting, they had a pit band! I figure there were only a few people playing in the pit and they sounded great! I wish I sat closer so I could peek in and see the musicians but all I could see was the conductor Sad Did you guys have a pit band?

Hope you weren't in too much pain from the surgery. My jaw ached if I didn't have any advil but it was still tolerable. For the most part people would never have known I had my wisdom teeth out. How many did you have to remove?
TheGremlyn on Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:10 pm
That sounds exciting and nerve-racking! I've never been one for speaking in front of people but I could play as long as I was surrounded by my band-mates. I've seen a couple plays at the newer theatre near me and that was pretty exciting, they had a pit band! I figure there were only a few people playing in the pit and they sounded great! I wish I sat closer so I could peek in and see the musicians but all I could see was the conductor Sad Did you guys have a pit band?

Hope you weren't in too much pain from the surgery. My jaw ached if I didn't have any advil but it was still tolerable. For the most part people would never have known I had my wisdom teeth out. How many did you have to remove?
TheGremlyn on Sun Nov 30, 2014 4:10 pm



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