- Diane Ackerman
Good morning friends!
Where in the world did this week go? I realize it was a bit shorter because of the long weekend, but geez…it is Friday already.
Yesterday’s rehearsal we were able to get to a few scenes we have yet to spend some quality time with. And now with the “orphans” going to school during half the day, scheduling becomes quite the jigsaw puzzle for our director and management. We were also able to solidify a few changes we have been making the past couple days. All of this had to be done because we have a run thru today for some of the designers.
You see we have weeks/months to learn our show, but once we get into tech, the crew has just a few days or in some cases, they must learn on the spot. Lighting cues, sound cues, backstage prop traffic, and wardrobe changes are all final touches that must be learned with a very small learning curve. They are an integral part to the show once we step into the theatre, so run-thrus like today are done so they can come and get a feel for what is going on before we hit the stage. It is also great for us because it adds a small layer of pressure of focus. It helps us take scenes up a notch when someone new is watching…I mean, who wouldn’t?
Last night I headed to the Alzheimer’s Association Office for a gear pickup/fundraising panel meeting. Luckily I have already met my “required” amount, but I am not done by far. Got a few ideas on how to raise more, and to thank those who have already graciously given. We also got our team race stuff!
I don’t know what I was thinking getting a medium race singlet, but hopefully I can trade to a smaller size eventually. But anyway, it was super exciting seeing the gear and seeing my teammates trying our new fancy jackets. I am officially an Athlete to End Alzheimers and I could not be prouder. It was nice to go back to the real reason I am doing this crazy running thing. It felt good to sit in a room with my new friends, who I have been sweating and battling out all this miles with for the past 2 months, and recognize our hard work so far. We still have such a long way to go to fight this disease, but with no survivors, it is up to us to make the difference.
And let’s face it…I couldn’t do it without you guys either. So thank you for following me on my journey. I know we each have a cause that is near and dear to our hearts and I am grateful that you are accompanying me during mine.
On that note, I have a weekend full of run thrus, rehearsals, and a 6 and 17 mile run to get through before my “day off” afternoon on Sunday. So enjoy your Friday and the rest of your weekend!