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Here we go!

TO ACTORS:

The big push is on. Timely attendance is non-negotiable from this point forward. Being on hand for the coming rehearsals is the only way this show will be a success and is a requirement. Similarly, take care of yourself when not at school. I believe you must be here for at least 4 classes in any day to attend a rehearsal or performance.

Over the next few days, there will be many questions as we put things together. After you get off stage from a number, focus on what you need to do next in a serious, “lifeboat drill” sense. Please stay in character and avoid the temptation to laugh, break character, and comment on the plusses and minuses of what just happened on stage.

TO PARENTS:
See above! If questions arise, please text me or call (Mr. McCray) at 865-748-3636. There are no bad questions. We will try to update the blog with our nightly progress when we can. We LOVE having audience members. If you’re providing a ride or even just have extra time, why wait in the car when you can take a comfortable seat and watch the progress.

Best,
Mr. McCray

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Full steam ahead!

So that you can prepare for Tuesday, here are the pages that we are going to be covering (sections of)…

9
36-37
43-44
47
55
59
60
65
71
83
89
90-91

This will be stuff that focuses on dialogue. often it’s just a few lines or something an announcer might say. Although you may have your script in your hand to jot down blocking, please be prepared to work all of that off book directly after. When we work off book, keep in mind that until this weekend, you may call “line” and someone who is on book will feed you your dialogue until you can pick up.

Also, please bring a notepad and something to write with from now on if you are not already doing so. Unless an ILP indicates otherwise, please take notes down by hand and review them every day before we start. It saves you from potentially invasive distractions from the digital world and never needs recharging. If you have an ILP that suggests another form of notetaking, and you feel comfortable letting me know, I encourage you to do so.

Everyone’s putting their best effort forward on this, and I really appreciate it. This is an enormously ambitious project, and I’m proud of the spirit with which you’re taking it on. Keep applying that same work ethic across the board and do so with my thanks! Take care of yourselves, and if there’s anything I can do to help make your lives easier and jobs more fulfilling, please let me know!

Best,
PMc

10/16

Monday 10/16 (Tomorrow):

6:00-8:00

Whitney (for tap dancing)
Billy Flynn
Mary Sunshine
Amos

“Me and My Baby”

“Razzle Dazzle”
– circus performers

“Hot Honey Rag”

Schedule.

Tomorrow (Thursday)
4-5 all I care about is love
5-6 razzle-dazzle
6-7:30 me and my baby

Saturday 11-3
Rehearse all dance in order

Sunday 1-4
Fix choreography TBA

Monday 6-8
Polish choreography

Tuesday 4-6:30
Finish blocking

Wednesday and Thursday
RUN SHOW

Best,
PMc

Next weekend

We need to add a Saturday rehearsal next week. This is very important, and we are lucky that Kim has canceled plans to be available. This was always in a vague “to be determined“ category. But I really appreciate your flexibility on this. We are very close to opening, and this will make a major difference.

It will be from 11-3. Full company. Thank you so much for your help with this. Enjoy the rest of the break!

Best,
PMc

Tweaks!

THIS WEEK!

October 2 (Monday): 5.30-finish…. sound tech. Incredibly important. You have no idea. Please be there. If you have some conflict you’ve told me about, tell me again. If it is in ANY way negotiable, negotiate. This is potentially one of our most important rehearsals, if not THE most important, second only to final dress. Seriously.

October 3 (Tuesday): 5.30-7:15 “All I Care About” and 7:15-8 “Me and My Baby”

October 4 (Wednesday) and October 5 (Thursday): 4-6 Clean up missing dramatic blocking. Full cast, although bring homework, laptop, and headphones.

Wednesday

I need to see:

John N
Ben
Casey
Lilly
Maddy
Jake

We will probably be out by about 530 or 6.

Please review all of your spoken dialogue and be ready to make strong choices with it. We will just be working dialogue today, but prepare as much as you can.

Best,
PMc

Sep 24-Oct 1 schedule as of Sep 20

Sunday 24 1-230 both reached for the gun. 230-3 cell block. 3-4 funny honey

Monday 25 4-6 full company, begin to sequence show

Tuesday 26 4-6 razzle dazzle. 6-630 Chicago after midnight

Thursday 27 4-6 full company, continue sequencing show

Sun 1 1-3 me and my baby. 3-4 Velma takes the stand 4-430 I know a girl (blocking)

I’m called for what?: but it works this time

Sorry for the confusion

OCTOBER SCHEDULE as of 9/18

CHICAGO OCTOBER CALENDAR
9/18/2017— subject to change

1 1-3pm Me and My Baby; 3-4pm Velma Takes the Stand; 4-4:30pm I Know a Girl
2 5:30-finish Sound Tech
3 5:30-7:30 Act 1
4 4-6:30 Act 2
5 4-6 Troubleshoot TBA

8 OFF
9 OFF
10 OFF
11 OFF
12 4-6:30pm Act 1

14 TBA if needed
15 1-4pm Act 2
16 4-7pm Run
17 4-7pm Run
18 4-7pm Run
19 4-7pm Crew Preview
20 DARK
21 TECH crew: 10am cast: 12pm GO: 1:30pm FINISH: TBA, usually no later than 7, but please DO NOT make evening plans that cannot be changed or canceled.

22 Advanced Sound Tech 1pm-6pm
23 DRESS REHEARSAL meal: 4-5pm GO: 6:30pm (to allow for orchestra arrival)
24 DRESS REHEARSAL meal: 4-5pm GO: 6:30pm (to allow for orchestra arrival)
25 DRESS REHEARSAL GO: 1:30
26 DRESS REHEARSAL meal: 4-5pm GO: 6:30pm (to allow for orchestra arrival)

28 Perf 1 call: 5:30pm house open: 7:00pm GO: 7:30pm
29 Perf 2 call: 5:30pm house open: 7:00pm GO: 7:30pm
30 Perf 3 call: 5:30pm house open: 7:00pm GO: 7:30pm