We are into the 4th week of practice for the 8-Ball play, and already I had to axe my lead actor. He is so talented, too, and really did an outstanding job performing as Reason Nelson last year. But he has other goals. It’s just too bad he couldn’t have stayed focused to see the play through to the end. I have, however, found a great replacement for him, and the show goes on with practice taking place 2 nights per week. The good thing is, my actors are almost off-script at this point which gives them confidence that they can do this thing.
I don’t know about other directors involved with kids, but our practice sessions are like a three-ring circus. Why just last night, all through performing his lines, Brandon constantly kicked a hackey sack around, while Ben constantly played with a skateboard/finger board at the table in front of me, and DJ paced around the room while reading his lines. Most directors probably have to call, “Action!” But me? My action starts the moment we start practice!
This Sunday we start rehearsals for the Bloody Mary play, but I think we are going to hit it running as all 5 of my actors have had experience on stage. I know it’s only Sept. but with 2 months between here and Dec. 18th, it makes me nervous to throw my actors to the wolves before they are ready. I have even considered pushing the performance dates into later Jan. just so my actors have their parts down and can present a great performance.
I have been asked to speak out of state in the later part of Oct., so that presents a problem for where to place my dog, Jade, my seven-month old Pit/Lab mix. I have called ahead to find that I can kennel here at the city of my speaking engagement and then pick her up that evening, so that seems to be my best option. She usually sleeps when going on any road trip, so she should travel okay. I just don’t dare leave her in a motel room or else the furniture will become kindling with Jade’s chewing habits. Hey, maybe I could hire her out to be a wood chipper!