WICKED rehearsals roll on-- but, more pressingly: I need to buy an umbrella. This has become one of those wholly un-fun but indisputably necessary errands that I have put off for so long that, by this point, it's almost too late for me ever to accomplish it. Even though it has been raining nonstop, and is supposed to rain all week, and for the fact that umbrellas can never become obsolete (unless it turns out I am living in a weird doomsday film), I still have not been able to muster up the gumption to seek one out. Umbrellas are mysterious. Where does one buy an umbrella? Walgreens? Maybe. But in terms of minimizing energy output, is it worth the risk to go look? I mean, this is San Francisco! I thought rain was to Californians what snow is to Texans!
Am I really this lazy, you ask? Well, yes. I've been feeling totally pooped out from all the WICKED-ing. But I think I'm over a hump in terms of learning staging, because we've officially completed the first pass through the ballroom dance scene. And, to brighten things up, as of yesterday there are people here who are even newer than I am! As the stage manager (somewhat facetiously) put it to me: "you're last week's news."
The newbie cast members are Etai BenShlomo, who will be playing the role of Boq, and Jody Gelb, who will be playing the role of Madame Morrible. Not sure when exactly they're scheduled to start performing, but I'm guessing it's a week or two after I do.
In other exciting news, on my day off I was able to stroll along the streets of what will be my new neighborhood, and I couldn't be more pleased! I'll post two or three pictures from said stroll at the end of this post.
Well, that's all for now. Just a brief update from the confines of my hotel room before I venture out into the Great San Francisco Torrent of 2010. I am more or less a latter-day Shackleton, who also sings and dances.
Until next time,
P.S. Pics below!