Brain Dump: Miscellaneous fun things in the life of an Artistic Director…

Previews for Five Course Love this weekend went well! We were thrilled to have packed houses, and the responses to the show have been great. It’s turning out to be a silly, sweet, fun toe-tapper! So, in that regard, it’s been a great week!

Of course, there’s a flip side to that – in the “Well, this sucks” category is the issue of the roof on the building! The roof over the back of our building (where the back lobby, art gallery, restrooms and scene shop are) has leaked for a while, and the same roofing company has been working on it. We all thought they had it fixed a few months ago, and it’s been great… until last week. Suddenly it was leaking like a sieve! Well, it turns out that something went wrong with the material, or the application, or the intense heat of last week’s heatwave caused an unexpected reaction in the material they used… something. SO: they came back to discover that they had to redo it. Today they did it with a spray-on sealant. We’ll see how THAT works!

More in the good news department, though; we’re in the midst of casting for next season, and I’m really excited about it. The more we work prepping for next season, the more excited I get about it – the production teams are wonderful, and I love the plays.

And it looks like I’ll be teaching a couple of classes for the MSU Department of Theatre next season. Should be a lot of fun. The collaborative relationship between the Williamston Theatre and the MSU Department of Theatre has been a wonderful thing, and I’m looking forward to continuing it. It’s always a treat to have the students and faculty into the building working on shows with us.

In fact, the next thing that I’m working on is the show that I’m directing at MSU, The American Clock by Arthur Miller. This is a huge show, with 27 actors, but I’m really looking forward to it because even though it looks like a huge show on paper, I think it’ll translate nicely to the stage as exactly what it is: a series of small, intimate stories woven into a big epic tale about the Great Depression. I think it’s going to be a great challenge, but also really rewarding.

Now, I think it’s time to sleep. After a good day at work I came home and played with the kids, including jumping on the trampoline for 15 minutes with them before spending 20 minutes on the treadmill as part of my “Get Back In Shape” exercise regimen. This fat Artistic Director is sore and tired, but for all good reasons! 🙂

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