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Amazing Mold Putty
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34 shows down, 2 to go.  I’m still practicing the show every day.

Why?

I have to.

Thursday’s events may provide some useful details.  I, for one, will revisit this post the next time I hear myself saying, “How am I going to do this?”

Background

On Sunday, in addition to being exhausted, I woke up with a sore throat.  Very sore.  Played the show (no understudies), then came home and crashed.  My attempts to sleep it off on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday (all days off this week) were unsuccessful.  In fact, beginning yesterday (Friday), my ears became blocked.  (Playing with blocked ears is a whole new experience….)  Also, with all that time spent sleeping, I skipped going out and practicing, too.

Thursday

Throat still sore, congestion, coughing.  Slept as late as possible, showered, ate breakfast.

Then I practiced for the first time since Sunday.  At this point there was an hour available.

My fingers felt like putty!  Missing an octave and playing a seventh instead especially freaked me out.  I couldn’t feel the interval measurement in my hand.  (Remember, this is after 32 shows.  I think I know it by now!)

Still feeling unready, I left for the theater.

Once there, I practiced for an additional 35 minutes, ignoring the cast backstage.  Antisocial?  Yes.  But my job includes helping people feel comfortable on stage.

In order to be available, you can’t be uncomfortable with your own part.

Outcome

Even though I wasn’t feeling well, I played the show the best ever.

Inspiration

Sitting on the music rack of my piano is a review from The New York Times of May 12.  Prominently mentioned is “… the work of some of the professionals in the … orchestra, particularly in a crucial cello solo near the end, tortured at considerable length….”

Yikes!  I have no intention of going there.

This show has played 5 or 6 times/week, with Mondays and Tuesdays off.  How in the world do Broadway actors and musicians do this all the time, with 8 shows/week and only Mondays off?

With thanks to C.I. for encouraging me to blog about this topic during the show’s run.

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