Enough 'Do-Re-Mi' and parts for everyone

Friday, July 12, 2002

HURON, Ohio -- Our first true week of shows went like a charm. We opened with "The Sound of Music" last Tuesday. Despite the first night being rough, it began running smoother and smoother until it was a well-oiled machine on Saturday. Of course, as soon as we had it to that point we shut it down, struck the set, and changed over for "The Nerd." I can safely say that I will be content never to do that show again, as classic as it is. My quota for hearing "Do-Re-Mi" has been reached -- permanently.

"The Nerd" opening is tonight. You've got to be kidding me. We had our final dress (of two total) last night. It's amazing that we have pulled that show together in literally the last three days. It has become dramatically different in the span of just a few days. We had our first "audience" last night. The company got the night off and watched the show. They were in hysterics for quite a bit of it, which was extremely encouraging after only hearing our director, Dr. Ron Ruble, laugh for the last week.

Dave Schneider, a 2001 SEMO graduate, is assistant director and has been helping out a great deal, particularly with the stage combat-oriented bits.

The auditions for "You Can't Take It With You" turned out nicely. A lot of the company members who hadn't had larger roles yet got cast in the major and supporting leads, so there were plenty of happy faces. Meagan got cast as Essie (her first straight show), the part practically all of the females were going out for, so that was a huge thrill for her and all of us Southeast kids as well.

Nearly all of us who had leads in the first three shows weren't cast for "You Can't Take It With You." Janel and I weren't, and only one person from "The Nerd" was. It's a huge stress reliever and is allowing us to focus solely on "The Nerd" this week and knocking people dead.

Our goal is to get in 2,000 people. Marcus's set design for the show looks superb and helps tremendously in setting the tone.

As always, there is interesting drama going on in the company. More and more romantic situations are starting to develop. We've got at least five couples now, one of which is myself (insert shocked gasp here) and a girl named Tara, who plays Cinderella in "Cinderella."

It's interesting to try and deal with dating here or whatever you call it. It's almost impossible to label, and you have to play it entirely by ear. You can't expect anything, particularly those of us who live far apart. Tara goes to school in Columbus, Ohio, so it's difficult to try and imagine pursuing a long-distance relationship. But things are terrific with the two of us so far, so we'll see where it leads.

Unfortunately, my time to write is slim, so I have to run back to work and keep preparing to make an audience laugh so hard tonight they cry. Wish me luck (or properly a broken leg).

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