Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Tuesday, August 2nd

Things have settled down into the usual routine around here. This weeks blips are automotive. The transmission went out on Tommy's truck yesterday and there was a flat on the Mustang today. Inconvenient but not majorly threatening. We're waiting for an estimate on the truck before deciding do we repair or replace the vehicle. We do need something for hauling, but if it's going to be many thousands of dollars, we might get something less likely to have problems.

'Twelfth Night' has gone into rehearsal. The concept is sixties beach party movie. Sebastian and Viola's twin costumes being variations on the Professor from 'Gilligan's Island'. It should end up being silly fun. I'm desperately trying to learn my lines and find that I cannot learn them with the facility I did some years ago. I managed to stuff 'The Vast Difference' in my head, so this should get in there too eventually but it isn't easy.

Saw a local community production of 'The Music Man' this weekend. Decent performances from the leads, reasonable staging but some second act problems that lessened its impact. Also a production of 'The Complete Works of Shakespeare: Abridged' - good performances but things just didn't gel into the cohesive whole they should have. This was also the weekend of the performances for Centerstage's summer kids workshop. Fifty-three kids between 8 and 16 in 'Bye Bye Birdie' - for an average cast age of 12 and two weeks rehearsal, quite impressive and the kids had a ball. We figure they're going to be beating down the doors for next year's summer program.

Not much going on at work. Teaching ethics to the first year students this week and dealing with all the usual clinic issues.