Oy. Today is our last rehearsal for H2$. I’m terrified. Yesterday was a complete disaster! 3 major charcters missed their cues, forcing me to improvise like heck. And the rest of the cast wasn’t willing to improvise! In the last scene, Rita (Mrs. Krumholtz) was supposed to talk to me, then I answer her, then ask a question to Jenkins, then he answers me, then Rita has another line. I was standing next to Annabel and Casey (or “Chang and Potter”, as I like to call them), and trying to get it across to Annabel that I wanted her to say Rita’s line. It’s really simple: “Hey Smitty, heard any news yet?” However, she refused to speak. Of course, Jenkins was waiting for these lines for his entrance cue, so he didn’t come in. Eventually, he saw that Rita wasn’t there, and came down. We were able to salvage it from there. Ugh.
In “Been a Long Day”, my hat fell off seven times. And of course, it’s just me, Rosemary, and Finch on the stage. It’s incredibly noticeable.
In the first scene of Act 2, I’m supposed to talk with Rita a bit, then Rosemary comes in, then I talk with Rosemary, and we burst into “Cinderella Darling”. Well, I talked with Rita, but Rosemary never came. I tried to ad lib some lines, but Rita wouldn’t say anything. I tried to ask her some questions in order to stop the lull that was building, but she just answered shortly and directly, so that I wouldn’t have anything to play off of. It was tragedy. Then Miss Felice started yelling backstage, taking it all out on poor Ricky, the Percy Weasley clone, who had reported to Miss Felice that everyone was in their place. She didn’t even consider that Taylor, who played Rosemary, wasn’t where she was supposed to be. Ricky has enough to remember!
Also, Doug, a member of the chorus, was never on-time for his scenes. He destroyed a scene between J.B. Biggley and Hedy, who were supposed to keep getting interrupted, but no interruption came! Yarg. Then in Company Way: Reprise, he didn’t come on stage at all, forcing one of the other guys to carry Frump off the stage. They were counting on Doug, because he’s a huge rugby player. ::frowls:: At least we’re getting all these mistakes out of our systems before opening night tomorrow. ::cringe::
Wish me luck! I’ll need it.