The short story version? Things are good. The singers are all incredibly talented and incredibly warm and generous. The show is frothy and interesting, and the team is shaping it into a really great piece. (Which coming from me is saying a lot, because I'm not a huge fan of light dramas and millions of notes... but this might actually make me a fan.) A colleague said "Wow. Usually when you hear this piece, you hear a lot of character voices (because there are a million-and-one parts. It's a huge ensemble piece and pretty difficult to cast), but this is really phenominal - to have such great singers in ALL of the parts. It's amazing!" After sneaking in to listen to some of the Grand Pezzo, I'd agree 100%.
I spent most of today in Excel hell, trying to find some quiet to wrap my head around figures and such. It was a bit of a challenge - I second-guess myself quite a bit, and have all kinds of ancillary documents about how I came up with those numbers. Numbers aren't really my thing, but it makes me proud when everything lines up into neat rows - like sudoku, but with ledger lines. So, even though I'm not done, I made some good progress. And, since it was technically Monday, it was a good day to delve into a big project.
We have an event tomorrow, and some rehearsals around it, but it'll actually be a pretty low-key day. (Well, aside from moving walls and grand pianos while wearing skirts and heels, but that's kinda how we roll.)
This morning's wake up was at 5:30am with a sick dog. And while I'm almost over the remnants of allergy-induced sinusitis (honeysuckle? I love that you're all over my neighborhood and that you smell so good, but why you gotta do me like that?), I'm not quite over it. So after this little rest on the porch I'm headed in for an early night and a bit of reading &/or writing. I just finished The Interestings (loved), Maya's Notebook (liked quite a bit), and I watched a web series called Submissions Only that I am Obsessed (capital O) with. It's the audition tour, but from a theater perspective...and ohmystinkinheck is it funny! And sweet. And awkward. I think that finding that funny/sweet/awkward trifecta must be one of the most difficult things to do, and I always fall in love when it's done well. (Moonrise Kingdom. Even that movie with Gwyneth Paltrow being a little bit goth and that guy with the tennis headband/wristband - that one too.)
Enjoy your evening, chickadees!