I am not a huge fan of GB, have never liked Bill Murray's perpetual smirk. But one of the people I love best from my TheatreWorks days, Robin Navlyt (now married and Robin Shelby) played Slimer in GB2, and was invited to help launch the GB donuts at a KK in LA last week. We had done Oliver! (she played the title role, I was Mr. Sowerberry the undertaker, her foster dad/slaveholder). We also were both cast in TW's world premier production of Rags, which had been billed as the sequel to Fiddler on the Roof but wasn't. About two weeks into rehearsals, Robin bailed, and moved to LA to do GB2.
Robin is tiny, and I had gone to Great America a few times to see her in full character costumes, and also playing a little girl on one of the outdoor sketches. She also worked other parks inside the character costumes, so being inside the Slimer outfit was not out of her range. Anyhow, I grabbed the donut with her in mind. We're still in contact a lot on FB, along with three or seven others who were in the TW productions.
Work was the usual work.
Lunchtime I went to the GA Marriott and picked up my badge for the ham radio convention. All the Friday stuff was private except for the dealer's room, which wasn't open yet. No time for lunch in the many eateries nearby, but I had a croissant, cheese, cantaloupe chunks and ding dongs in the cooler, so I had that in the break room, after doing a web search for someone.
Left at 6, went straight home because there was Stuff To Be Done Before Dark:
- Hauled out the shop vac and sucked up most of the bird seed which had been scattered in front of the hedges
- Dumped about 35 lbs of two kinds of clay kitty litter onto the mat of bird seed which was between the hedges and the house (my first feeder was designed for birds to swim in the seed tray, and most of the stuff landed on the ground)
- Hosed down the kitty litter, also watering the lemongrass plants, which are doing quite well.
I may need to dump one more box of kitty litter to complete the job. Some other time
The reason I had all that spare litter is I had bought a bunch to get the discount, on the recommendation of manufacturers who claimed it was fast clumping, when it was really fast-cementing. Not designed for a cat with active kidneys. So far The World's Best Cat Litter is living up to its name. No cement, but there's the opposite problem, which is a lot easier to live with, that it is so light that along with the clumps being pushed out by the rake mechanism, a lot of the unclumped litter goes with it. But I don't need to do any extra work with that, so not a problem.
At work I popped the newly-bought Broadway Cast CD of Curtains, a new-ish musical which released right to amateur theaters earlier this year and there has already been one production up at Foothill, SBMT is doing it in January, Woodside in 2 weeks. There will probably be at least 3 more, because all the amateur groups jump on the latest release, and the copyright holders are greedy and no longer abide by their rules of not allowing more than one nearby group to do the show in the same season.
Anyhow, it's brilliant. It's a real musical, lots of laughs, lots of tuneful songs, some romance, and the only thing wrong with it is it is about putting on a musical. Like A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, and a whole slew of other musicals. But it's also a murder mystery so there's that. I would love to be in it. SBMT looks like they still have one vacancy, but they don't list the production staff, which is scary, and which means how the heck did they cast it? Because except for that one character, it's fully cast. mostly with Anything Goes alumni.
Plans for tomorrow:
Ham convention at about 9:30 - there are a couple of talks on antennas I want to sit in on
Coffee w/Janice at 2
West Side Story in Newark at 8. I do not have high expectations, but I am fully prepared to be pleasantly surprised.