This week is going to be absolute madness. Good and bad, ups and downs, highs and lows.... I am wagering I will hit them all.
I spent five hours at rehearsal today. It was the technical run-through and final dress rehearsal before our three-show run next weekend. After four months of rehearsals, it is finally time for our big show! It seems impossible that the whole thing will be over by next Sunday, like we should have at least two weekends of shows, at least. The evening performances sold out almost immediately, so it seems fair to assume we could milk at least one more show out of all our hard work. In more exciting news, the dress rehearsal went really well and I think we are going to knock them dead. My part is small, but I really do have the best song and dance number in the play, so I am nervous and excited and anxious and thrilled all at the same time. Wish me luck!
In not so great news, I woke up this morning with a killer sore throat. I checked it out in the mirror and was horrified to find my throat so swollen that my uvula was not actually hanging down in the back of my mouth, but was sort of sticking out of the red mass of tissue back there. Um, hello, Throat, but do you not understand that I have a solo in the musical I am performing in this week?! How rude!
In a really random set of coincidences, the only other play I've been in was also a local dinner theater production, and I remember that shortly before the premiere of that play, when I was 17, I got strep throat. My mom brought me to our family doctor and begged him for a miracle. The 'miracle' came in the form of an extremely painful shot that had to be injected into my hip. By God, though, that shot worked and I was feeling completely fine within 24 hours. Sadly, they don't administer miracles of that nature over here in the UK. The doctors here seem intent on making people really suck it up here and do not offer antibiotics unless you truly are so ill you can't function. I worry about the fall-out of the antibiotic abuses of US doctors, but I have to admit that I am really, really, really glad that I had my ear infection-prone children there and that my doctor was always willing to prescribe medicine to make them go away quickly. But I digress....
In addition to rehearsals, I need to finish designing and editing the 6-page program for our play. I've got 3/4 of it done, but of course have left the most difficult portion for last. *smile* *blink, blink* I really enjoy doing graphic design stuff, but don't do it often enough to know all the quick ways to do things in Illustrator.... which means that I only know the laborious ways that usually end up being slightly wrong and need lots of time-consuming tweaking to get right. Yay for me! I think being over-ambitious is a frequent problem here.... Seriously, though, I am really happy with how well the program is turning out and am pleased to report that we will be selling the programs at our three performance with all the proceeds going to help a children's aid organization in Haiti. So, yeah, in case you were wondering, England (and the Bitchin' Wife) are doing what they can for the people of Haiti, too. Despite the fact that we don't seem to be as inundated with news coverage on the plight of that poor beleaguered country as you do in the US.
I'd tell you about the other two things going on, but with this kind of opportunity to use blogging as a procrastination tool, I think I'll make you wait for it. Check in a bit later for more news on what's happening this week. Believe me, you'll want to know.