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Monday, November 21, 2005

Happy Christmas!

Okay, okay, so it's a little early for most of y'all, but for me, Christmas started yesterday, more or less. Dress rehearsal went well, though I have major doubts about the place being ready to roll on Fridy at 11am. We'll see how it goes. The layout of Dickens is a bit different this year, with one additional bay added, allowing for several new things, including a parlor for Charles Dickens and his family, the sea dogs get to totally take over the middle bay, Dark Garden has more space, and the lobby is much larger. This last has some unexpected consequences for the Fezziwigs. Rather than starting our day at 10:30ish, fully 30 minutes before the rest of the fair, they've decided that they'll let people into the lobby at 10am, with windows that look into our space, so we have to be fully ready to go by 10am sharp, more than an hour before anyone else in the fair. Then at the end of the day, we're still responsible for carol-out, which is to say singing Christmas carols with the guests until everyone is gone. So basically, I'll be at the fair working from 9am to 7:30 or 8pm daily on a volunteer basis. Because I'm crazy. There's really no other excuse. Oh alright, and because it's fun and fulfilling. But man, I really feel like they're asking a lot of us as volunteers. That's more hours than I put in on a long day at the office, and they pay me for that. This is for fun. But it's also a lot of work. And I guess I do sort of feel a bit taken for granted. But we'll see how the year goes.

In other news, I had a grand time hanging out and rehearsing with my new Young Ebenezer. I still feel a bit torn on the whole Bates versus Erik scenario. Bates was equally well prepared, equally good. It was just a slightly different scene with Bates. And while either of them would have been completely wonderful as Young Scrooge, there was a feather just ever so slightly tipping the scales to Erik. If it were a clear cut decision, I'd feel much better. But as it was, it was gut wrenching. Of course, how can I really complain about having two interested, qualified candidates? So anyway, spent some time working over the scene with Erik and Martin, and then with just Erik. The last time we ran it, I felt like we really nailed it. There was this one moment where he had his back to me and I felt like it really worked, like I'd just punched him emotionally, and he was retreating to his own thoughts, and trying to decide whether or not I was right or wrong. There I am, telling him why I'm right to his back, and he's soaking it up. It's terrible, and just perfect.

So I'm ready as I'll be, and like all good adventures, it will be exhausting and great fun.

After dress rehearsal, we went to Cyrus and Athena's house for turkey dinner with them and Kevin and Rachel. The turkey came out perfect. The traditional green bean caserole was tasty as ever. She also made some roasted veggies - butternut squash, garlic, onions, red pepper, red and gold potatos. It was a great blend. And the stuffing was perfection. So after a full day steeped in the traditions of the holidays, I'm ready for the charge. Full steam ahead and no rest for the wicked until December 19th. Yeeeeeehaw!


  • "though I have major doubts about the place being ready to roll on Fridy at 11am"

    Make that 10am, because with the windows, they can't have people running about saying "No Mr.X your spot is over here, and Ms. Y, you need to stand over here" after 10am

    By Blogger Chris S, at 5:52 PM  

  • Please save me a dance.

    By Blogger vile, at 3:14 AM  

  • Please save me a dance.

    By Blogger vile, at 3:15 AM  

  • Hey dear-

    I'm sure either Bates or I can do well with the part. I was impressed by his preparation and the thought he'd given to the role. We've both done a lot of mutual back patting for the other. I'm looking forward to seeing his as Topper.

    Anyhoo, one small note, and it's not really a big deal....Erik....with a k. No c. Not a big thing, just one of those little widgets left over from a childhood full of misspelt name tags. See you friday.

    By Blogger Erik, at 10:07 AM  

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