Work and Play! Bullet lists, pictures!

But what is work and what is not work? Is it work to dig, to carpenter, to plant trees, to fell trees, to ride, to fish, to hunt, to feed chickens, to play the piano, to take photographs, to build a house, to cook, to sew, to trim hats, to mend motor bicycles? All of these things are work to somebody, and all of them are play to somebody. There are in fact very few activities which cannot be classed either as work or play according as you choose to regard them.
– George Orwell, The Road to Wigan Pier

Work and play.  It’s been a crazy busy week full of both of those, which is why I haven’t posted for a week!  So much good stuff going on!  I’m in a bullet-points mood, let’s do that…

•Preview week of The Usual  went great.  The show is quirky, funny, sweet, and audiences are laughing with us!  A couple more rehearsals tomorrow and Wednesday, final preview Thursday, and we’re officially Open!

Joseph Zettelmaier as Kip, Leslie Hull as Nancy, in "The Usual"

•Today is my 18th Wedding Anniversary.  I don’t know where all those years went, but time flies when you’re having fun!  Also, Jeanne Caselli is awesome, and I’m the luckiest guy on the planet!

•This weekend, I got to see my kids perform in Seussical, the Dr. Seuss musical, for the Chelsea Area Players Junior.  They were cast opposite each other, as the leads: Horton the Elephant and Gertrude McFuzz, and they were amazing.  I’m so proud of both of them, and I’m not ashamed at all to admit that at the end of Act I, when they sang their gorgeous duet together about being alone in the universe, and searching for love, there were a lot of weepy eyes in the theatre, and mine were two of the weepiest.

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•I saw the finale of Game of Thrones.  I’m WAY behind on this.  Listen, next time something this awesome comes on HBO, somebody tell me.  I still won’t have HBO, but I can bug people who do to let me watch it at their houses.

•I learned a TON about Shingles!  Have you heard about this?  It’s a crazy virus thing that adults who had Chicken Pox can develop!  Neat thing I learned: Apparently the Chicken Pox virus never goes away, but just goes dormant in your nerve cells!  Well, occasionally it decides it’s done being dormant, and it comes back as Shingles, a whole different medical thing that attacks nerve cells and muscles and skin tissue!  It’s crazy!  I love learning new things!  I also, unfortunately, learned that it’s really, really, surprisingly, painful.  So, that was a fun couple of weeks.  And by “fun” I mean things like “not fun” and “how many of these vicodin did the doctor say I could take at a time?”   The good news is, now that I’m “recovered”, the muscle pain shouldgo away in the next few weeks.  Or not, we’ll have to see.  PS – do not Google images of “shingles”.  Do not.  No, I’m not kidding, go do something else that’s not that.

•I start rehearsals for Ernie soon.  This remount is going to be a lot of fun, I’m looking forward to getting back to The City Theatre and working with the Ernie gang again!

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