First allow me to mention to Muzak Box that I will respond to your question here on the comments section of that post. Thanks for writing. =)
Now, on to the news of the evening...my first rehearsal for All in the Timing.
It went well. I am working with several people I have never met before, so it is always nice to expand one's horizons. At the same time, I am working with several people I have known for a while. So it's the best of both worlds.
Also for now, we must practice in the director's home. But it is a large home, so it works out nicely.
The Philadelphia should go quite well. It is a short, straight forward piece, only about 7 minutes long or so, give or take a minute. Just need to hammer my lines into my mind. I shall be working on that several times a day between now and next week, no doubt. We have altered some of the language, because a local church is nice enough to allow us to perform in their chapel, and we thought it might be a nice gesture to leave out the "fucks" etc. So we shall do so.
Then, there's Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread.
If you are not familiar with the piece, it is hard to describe. The only thing I can do is direct you to a YouTube clip of a whole production of it, found here.
Needless to say, it is a short, but very complicated piece. I was lost several times the first few times we went through it. However, by sheer repetition tonight, I began to detect the patterns in the piece. It will be a lot of work, (especially since it is not something you can work on alone, by any stretch of the imagination.) But I will be able to get there. The amount of improvement between our first read through and our last this evening is indicative of just how far we can come in the short time we will have.
Plus, one of the actors recorded it digitally, and will be sending us each a copy, so we can at least listen to it between rehearsals. That should be quite helpful.
All and all, a great first rehearsal. Nobody involved is anything but totally committed. I love that feeling. I could just sense it from the first moments that nobody was just sticking their toe in the water; they are taking of at full steam. And when that is the case, the end result cannot help but be of high quality.