Full steam ahead!

Just wanted to extend a word a great thanks to everyone who worked so hard on the show yesterday.  We are making tremendous progress, and I am extremely proud of the work everyone is doing.

And no, my bathtub did not fall through my downstairs neighbor’s ceiling.  Yet, at least.

We will have food service again tomorrow!  (Thank you!!)  

Let’s think ahead about what we can individually do to be ready to go as close to arrival as possible.

My goal is to cue-to-cue the rest of the show, take a break to eat, and then get in the tightest run of the show possible.  Everyone is essential to a cue-to-cue.  Some tips on how you can help…

1.  Stay within earshot of monitors, etc.  If you’ll be away from them, let me or Sarah know, first.

2.  Think through the entire rest of the show from your own perspective.  What props do you still need?  We’ll keep a list at the foot of the stage.  (Let me know if we forget to put one there!)  What are traffic patterns backstage?  How can you help solve challenges before they even come up?  I saw great work today, and I am especially thankful when we had those moments of thinking two or three steps ahead.

3.  If you have notes, review them.  If they seem fuzzy or are contradicted elsewhere, grab me and ask.  If I look busy and your question cannot wait, I trust you completely.  Just say it’s a Code One, and you have me for as long as you need me.  

4.  Stay as creatively flexible as possible.  The more I see the show, the more I see new possibilities with it.  Just as your interpretations of the roles will evolve, so will what I think is possible with it.  I have rarely had a cast as talented at taking new ideas and running with them.  Thank you!

5.  Tend to your garden.  Bring homework.  Use time to the best extent that you can.  It may be less fun to squirrell away with some homework, but it will pay off several days from now as the show intensifies.

6.  A special note to parents….

a) Thank you!

b) Please come in and watch what’s being put together whenever you feel like it.  Especially if it’s near an end time.  When I dashed out to see if I still had a bathroom floor, I saw a parent waiting in a car, and it made me wonder if they knew they could come in.  By all means, come in if you like and see the “making of.”

c) For today, I have a pretty hard “eject time” of 8:15 at the extreme latest so most can get out the door by 8:30.  I am hopeful that we can get done much earlier.  I am going to make a strong effort to update this page as to our progress tomorrow.  If you have questions or needs as the day goes on, please do not hesitate to call or text me at 865 310 8668. 

Thank you, again!  I consider these two days the most challenging — and ultimately rewarding — days of my entire year.  I couldn’t ask for better partners.  If I may help you in any way, please let me know!






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