Not much has changed here... I'm still looking for a job. On the upside, the President signed HR 2642, which includes the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program, which gives me a few more weeks of meager earnings. Tomorrow, I'm going to go knocking on doors at the corporate park by my house-- this whole "submit your resume and we'll get back to you" thing hasn't been terribly fruitful. Even the temp agencies are full-- I'm a former VP who types 80+wpm, and I can't even get a PT job as an Admin Ass't. Sheesh!
I'm Assistant Directing Jane Eyre at the playhouse this season (I'm also AD'ing Pippin in the spring)-- I go for my first pre-production meeting with the director this afternoon. Holy smokes-- I wonder how much we'll cut from this thing, it's gotta be three and half hours long. I'm kind of wondering how this got chosen as the next musical after The Secret Garden-- they're eerily similar...
Protagonist: Orphan girl whom nobody loves CHECK
Setting: The haunting English moors CHECK
Set: Big, dark house with an ominous secret CHECK
Character: Ghost of "dead" wife CHECK
Plot twist: Cripple gets healed by love CHECK
Climax: Orphan girl finds love CHECK
Music: Beautiful, haunting and fiendishly-difficult CHECK
Dance: Limited, except for-- what's this? A ballroom scene? CHECK
Atmosphere: Brooding, with occasional spots of levity CHECK
Symbolism: A raging storm CHECK
Costumes: Elaborate, turn-of-the-century CHECK
Chorus: Yes, Greek CHECK
Characters: Cast of thousands, who double roles as chorus CHECK
I've already been warned that I have a lot of work ahead of me on this show... the director, though terribly talented, tends to place/cast great people and then let them do what they do best. I figure it will be good training for whenever I'm ready to direct.
What else? Oh, my hair is really short again and I lurves it. Oh, and I'm learning French! Paul and I got Rosetta Stone last Christmas and we just now finally installed it. IT'S AMAZING. There is no theory, no explanation-- just total immersion. I actually had five years of French in high school, so it's odd for me to be re-learning it in this completely different manner, but it's great. My accent has already improved. And Paul is picking it up from scratch already. And this is from ONE DAY of lessons.
Oh, and my son's girlfriend is in town (she lives in Utah; they met on WoW). She's really sweet. I'm trying my best not to be too overly motherly... she's staying in his room and OH MY G-D IS THAT A HICKEY ON YOUR NECK
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Harrumph. When did I become my mother?!!
OK, time to bike off to my pre-production meeting, and then I need to do some food shopping. Hope you are all well and happy and following your bliss :)