See, the place was picky about interacting with the cat. They wouldn't let us take any of the cats out of their cage, or even pet them. And the person at the pet shelter has said several times, "There will be a period of adjustment." We're taking a chance here, but the cat looks really nice, the pet shelter lady has said really nice things about him, and I like the idea of finding a home for an unwanted kitty and seeing how things go.
February is shaping up to be a very busy month for me. Auditions for Kiss Me, Kate are taking place the week of the 7th, then I have a huge event in Washington D.C. the following week. And today I learned that I need to travel to New York City for a few days the week after that! Once that's over, I get to gear up for rehearsal season the week after, three nights a week.
My one concern is that, given all the traveling I've been doing, a trip out of state during rehearsal season will probably occur. So, what do I do then? All I can do is make everyone connected with the play aware that something may come up, and fortunately, I have a wonderful assistant director for this show.
Last night I was asked to attend a rehearsal for a play that a good friend of mine is directing, to offer any advice I might have. The play was the Diary of Anne Frank , which I had directed years back. The director, Mike, was involved with that production, and has incorporated several of my elements into his production.
I sat with a notebook last night and quietly shared my notes with Mike when the rehearsal was done. Well...quietly? I get passionate about these things, and while I did wait to talk to him first, if anyone approached me, I did tell them what I thought. I've found I've gotten much better at that sort of thing. Nothing really phases me, now.
At the end of the night, for example, a member of the cast asked me about Kate, and remarked that "hopefully the revival's better than that awful movie from the fifties." Not missing a beat, I said that I actually liked that movie, despite the fact that the introduction of Cole Porter at the start was a really unfortunate choice, and also, due to the Production Code, they really had to tone down all the dirty elements. His eyes sparkled at that point. "You mean, there's dirty stuff?" "Oh yes," I said, nodding.
Their play is still one week away, and they're still trying to find their rhythm, but I think it will turn out just fine.