Sun. Nov, 8 2015
I didn't get much work done in the morning, as I'm not a morning person. Then I headed out to a scenic transition meeting in midtown at Pearl Studios from 1-4PM. Melissa, Joshua and I attended as well as Hector, our Production Manager, and Mikiko our Scenic Designer.
We discussed all of the changes to the show now that it's not automated ("the use of electrical, hydraulic or pneumatic power to move stage machinery, stage elements, performer flyers or scenery, which would have been traditionally operated by stagehands and flymen") as it was on Broadway. One solution was to put certain units on push-sticks. (A push stick is attached to a pallet with straight casters to allow the scenic pallet to be pushed and pulled on and offstage so that crew does not have to be seen). The other units that were automated will have walls attached to them, for crew to hide behind while bringing the unit onstage.
We also figured out that the ground-plans that we were working from had given us an incorrect measurement for our proscenium width - it was going to be smaller - 3 feet smaller!
After that hiccup, we went scene-by-scene through our storyboards to make absolutely sure that we were on the same page about what units came on, where they came on from, and how they were being moved.
To end the day on a high note, I ate Chipotle for dinner with my sound engineer friend, Ryan.
Mon. Nov 9, 2015
We ran Act One. Not a great way to start the week, but no-one died. My legs were shaky and tired at the end of the day, so I showered, watched TV with my feet up, made pasta for dinner and went to bed early.
Tue. Nov 10, 2015
A busy day, but productive. We began staging on Act Two, and of course I said another awkward unintentional innuendo to Andrew:
Me: Hi...Are you ready for this romp in the hay? (alluding to the fact that we were currently set up for the State Fair, which led to the first "in bed" scene for him and Elizabeth)
Me: [dies inside]
(talk less, listen more!)
The highlight of the day was running a "quick change" with Elizabeth Stanley -slipping into a button down and handing off a skirt.
Joshua officially handed off props supervision to me, so he could focus more fully on tracking furniture spiking and assisting Melissa with pre-planning understudy rehearsals and swing tracks. I also received the Broadway costume entrance and exit tracking form from our Costume Supervisor to update.
Wed. Nov 11, 2015
A wonky day. I overslept - I must not have set the alarm the night before even though I was pretty sure I double checked it. I woke up when I should have been leaving for the train. I still managed to get to work before Josh who also had a late day; so at least I wasn't alone in that regard.
We didn't stick to the rehearsal schedule at all, so I felt constantly blindsided with what scene we were jumping to.
After work I showered, ate dinner and sat down to updating paperwork while listening to John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk. I Facetimed with my dear film editor friend Aaron, which was a good end to a weird day.
Thrs. Nov 12, 2015 - Sat. Nov 14th, 2015
The rest of the week we rehearsed the second half of Act 2 culminating in a run through of Act 2. I guess it was a busy few days, because I didn't do any journalling.