Monthly Archives: February 2015

Mistake on previous schedules

Hey everyone,

Instead of Caine on Monday and Wednesday and TOYL on Tuesday and Thursday (which makes Time have a dress night before open), flip those two around. Time will have dress on Monday and Wednesday and Caine will have dress on Tuesday and Thursday.


On Time

As we go on this final stretch, please be on time. I know that sounds obvious, but “on time” means that you’re seated in the theater in the front couple of rows quiet, and ready to go at the stated call time. That makes attendance very easy to take.

Even if you have told me that you will not be there for tag, email me again. Please send me your name, dates, and reason. I just want to have it for easy reference. Please put your name, the show that you’re in, and the word “absences” in the subject line.

If you are not on time, it means that people who have other jobs to do stop doing those other jobs so that they can find out where you are. Believe me, it is a colossal pain. A lot of things add up to “why are we doing anything right now?” It’s one of the most common questions during tech, and this is one of the answers. It all becomes an avalanche.

If you think there’s a chance that you will be late, and you already know now, let me know. I will coming get you. Or I will open up the theater as early as you need so that you will be safely here on time.

I know the sound like a bizarre lecture from out of the blue, but this is the lecture that people who are on time hear as I vent about people who are not on time. It’s just hugely important.

Patrick McCray


Call Times


Crew 10, CAINE cast 11

Go at 1 or before.

TOYL called at 3:30pm


TOYL cast/crew called at 12. Go is between 1-2. This may be a cue-to-cue.

CAINE called at 4pm


TOYL = Tuesday, Thursday
CAINE = Monday and Wednesday

Call for food is right after school in the alumni room. Go is at 5:30.

Call for cast and crew = 5:30pm
Stage ready for inspection, work lights off, and lockdown = 6:40 Senior Speeches = 6:20-6:50 (doors LOCK at 6:51)
Actors in green room, final notes = 6:51
Walk the deck = 6:55
House Open = 7:00
Go = 7:30

Monday performance will have food, I believe, right after school.

Patrick McCray

We are good to go.

Same schedule as yesterday. Let’s try to get to the theater between 1230 and one is long as we have a parent to drive us. Sound good?

Patrick McCray

No animals were harmed in the making of this rehearsal

I moved to the HOA inspection so that I would not have to trap the cats in microscopic cages and then schlep them to Webb. I should be there by one. Probably before.

Patrick McCray

Clear, with parent driver

We have been cleared to rehearse today by Mr. McDonald, again, only if we have parents drive kids. Otherwise, stay home!

Patrick McCray

Sunday evening Caine

In looking over the original rehearsal calendar, it seems we have a Caine dress on Sunday that I neglected to put on our most recent schedule. That will be the day of TOYL’s tech. For sanity, let’s make that a 6:30 go. Call is at 5:30. Thanks!

Wednesday, February 25

Good evening. It would be great if we could get some work done tomorrow under specific circumstances.

1. I need to be able to get out of my home.

2. If there is admin approval, then I’ll announce that anyone who can get a parent to bring them to rehearsal should come if it is possible, safety. We should know by noon. I’ll announce it, here.

3. If all of that works out, I should be at Webb by 12:30. If you’re coming, be there by 1:00pm.

4. I’ll work Caine in my room or the lobby, focusing on table work (getting under the hood of the scenes where I can, clarifying and fine-tuning) until about 3:00pm or so. In that span, TOYL has the stage to work blocking, timing, business, etc.

5. The Caine crew can then either go home or continue to work as I shift my focus to TOYL.

6. Dismiss at 5:30. If a parent wishes to pick you up earlier, that’s fine. I would just like them to come in and say hello as they pick you up.

7. If it’s clear that the weather is getting insane, early, we’ll dismiss earlier.

AGAIN, this is only if we get an administrator’s approval and if you can make it in, safely. That is a family-by-family decision.



Contacting me


If you have a question or comment after reading a blog entry, the fastest way to reach me is either by email or by the phone number that I list. In this case, the email is and the voice/text number is 865-310-8668.

As far as tomorrow’s rehearsal goes, I’m simply going to have to get a sense of the weather and overall road conditions. If school is called off, that is. I’ve heard all sorts of conflicting weather reports.

If we do have a snow day, feel free to contact me and let me know what the road conditions are like in your area. We have a far-flung pair of casts. Thank you!

One report states that we have more snow headed towards us in a day or so. I’m not really sure what “Plan B” is. (Regarding the show.) But I’m pondering one.

Patrick McCray


From calling around, it sounds like enough people are snowed in that holding a rehearsal would be almost pointless. Although things are looking pretty good on the streets now, the temperatures will drop, and all of this will freeze. So even if it looked good if we went in now, I’m not sure what it would be like when rehearsal would be over. I’m monitoring the situation pretty closely. If you have any questions, please call me. 865-310-8668

Patrick McCray