Captain’s Log 4,572
Rehearsals start today! OMG! I was pretty keyed up all day yesterday just thinking about it. I went to bed around 10:00 and was awakened at 2:30 by a call that the alarms were going off at the museum. The business manager had been called too and was on the way. We have a rule that nobody responds alone to an alarm call in the middle of the night. By the time I got there, the police had already checked it out and the alarm had been re-set. So it was okay to go back home. I got back about 3:45 or so and was wide awake from a middle-of-the-night drive in the cold. It’s amazing who is up at that hour. Denny’s was packed. That really surprised me. Who eats cheap, awful food at 4:00 in the morning? I guess people who are hungry and that’s the only place open. Denny’s is almost always placed near a freeway. Probably good planning on their part.
Anyway…..chances are it was the ghost who set off the alarm. She has been strangely silent for a few months now. She was over-due to make some noise. She usually shows up when there is tension in the space, and there has certainly been a lot of that these last few weeks. So this doesn’t surprise me. The alarm at the restoration facility also went off earlier in the day. Must have been our lucky time.
I was reading online about other theatres that have done California Suite. I’m amazed at how many high schools have done it. The material is borderline adult and in some cases, it is of questionable taste. We are definitely NOT encouraging children to see it.
London diva and her bi-sexual “companion” who really sells antique doorknobs play out the scene where she is convinced she will win an Oscar. Turns out, she doesn’t win the Oscar. Or him. The best line is this interchange is when she says he wanted to “lick the artichoke” of the young man who waited on them at the ceremonies. Edgy stuff for 1977.
We are also going to be working with lettuce cigarettes in the first scene. That should be interesting. Today we are working on the scene where the people from Philadelphia have to deal with the fact that the wife arrives while the husband (who has spent a night of total debauchery in the hotel) still has a hooker in his bed. This is NOT material for children.
Time to shower and get myself ramped up for the afternoon fun.