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Monday, November 5, 2012

Rehearsal this week

We're in the final stretch! Now is the time to think like a marathon runner: pace yourselves, be smart, and stay focused. The plan this week is as follows:

Thursday, we'll pick up where we left off Tuesday and finish the show. 3:30-6:30 pm.

Friday will be another run-through, beginning at 2:30. If we need to stay past 5:30, we will, as it will be our last rehearsal before the orchestra arrives.

Saturday is a cue-to-cue, no singing, but dancing included. No white shirts or things with logos. This is a day to bring patience: it's a lot of standing around, listening carefully for cues to move, and staying in character when you start to feel tired. There will be a lunch break: plan to go somewhere FAST (not Al's, please: every year we do this and every year you are LATE returning! Pick somewhere else, something fast, or order pizza. Thanks.).

Sunday is a Sitzprobe with the orchestra: sing through the show without blocking. Be early, warmed up, and in your seats by 1:45 for a 2pm downbeat. Bring your scores.

Monday is a Wandelprobe with orchestra, 7pm downbeat. Do the show in costume pieces as needed (shoes, jackets if needed to props, etc.) but not full costume or makeup. Be here no later than 6:30 to be ready to begin at 7pm.

Tuesday's piano dress is in costume and makeup, and will include a photo shoot. Downbeat is 3:30 sharp so you have time to eat before Dr. Mosteller's and Dr. Kasman's recital at 7pm. Be ready, be gorgeous, and put on a real performance. Plan ahead for makeup so there isn't a long line for Joe.

Wednesday's final dress rehearsal with the orchestra is also a photo shoot. 7pm downbeat: the dressing rooms will be open at 5:30. Ditto on last night's notes re: makeup.

Thursday's and Saturday's performances are at 7:30 pm. Dressing rooms will be open at 5:30. Everyone is entitled to TWO comp tickets, which you can claim at the box office.

You know the drill: get enough sleep, take your vitamins, eat well, wear deodorant, and wash your hands often. And as I said last night, now is the time to be kind to one another. Remember that tempers are short and we're all stressed. Leave any diva attitude at the door, and keep the drama on the stage.

And remember that I love y'all MADLY.

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