Opening night

The programThe show opens tonight! Yay!

Actually, I’m not sure what I’m feeling at the moment. A bit of nerves, a bit of relief, a bit of pride, a bit of nerves.

But yay, nonetheless. And yes, tickets are still available for the rest of the run (till Sat 10th Feb), though I think this week’s shows are gonna be quite crowded.

Thank you also to the test-audience at this afternoon’s final run, for laughing your asses off even before Hossan uttered a word. This is probably the first time that manic laughter’s actually had a calming effect. More please!

Thank you!

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Newater RawIt can be quite thirsty work, rehearsing for a show, even if you’re not the performer. Everything is coming together nicely. Actually, with five days to opening night, they’d better be. Thank goodness for these fizzy vitamin tablets that you put in water that make you look like you’re peeing highlighter ink an hour later.

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With low-flying, washed-out colours

Passed!And so, with the dramatic, almost theatrical, gasping dash that lasted half a minute over the last one hundred metres, I passed the 2.4km run segment of the IPPT tonight, at 13:29, a full minute slower than my previous attempt more than two years ago.

But who cares? An ugly pass is still a pass, and I only have a couple more to go before I’m officially retired from all this physical stuff for National Service. Man, I’m old.

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Spelling ability not a requirementI’m really not one to speak about all this hypnotherapy hocus pocus and mind control stuff, but I can say that one’s mind can play tricks on one. Especially when one is, for various reasons, like lack of sleep, susceptible to being tricked by oneself.

See, I’ve spent a good minute wondering why, on my script notes for Hossan’s show, I had reminded myself to write Polish Dialogue for Cher and Michael Jackson. Why Polish? Why not German? Where’s the funny? Hossan can speak Polish meh? – Note: Write notes in complete sentences for the avoidance of ambiguity.

OK, I will now go and polish up the script for the Cher and Michael Jackson characters.

Tickets still available from Sistic! Get yours today!

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180Px-D1121029The Upstairs Neighbour is very, very determined. To do what, I am not sure, unless his or her objective was to puzzle me with the piano playing.

I believe it is the first time someone has made the Beatles’ ‘She Loves You‘ sound very much like a Chinese Communist Party propaganda song. The entire repertoire of his or her recital now reads:

1. She Loves You – Beatles
2. Star Wars
Main ThemeJohn Williams

Idol LThat out of the way, the guilt of watching the first two episodes of American Idol was ameliorated somewhat by a couple of really really good auditions – the best being the brother and sister pair from Seattle, Shyamali and Sanjaya Malakar. They’ve got my vote!

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Patience, young Jedi

New Year'sI’m not blogging as often as I’d like to be, mostly because days have turned into nights and vice-versa because of work, which is quite fun in spite of the frequent brain-jams I’ve been getting for various reasons.

One of the said brain-jamming moments is when I’m sitting here on my computer, trying to type out another three pages of Hossan’s Barry Manilow spoof when I’m suddenly aware of the upstairs neighbour’s kid (or actually it could be the parent, or any human occupant of the upstairs flat, or a very intelligent pet, or… ok I’m scaring myself) trying his or her darndest to hammer out on their piano, the main Star Wars theme song, very, very diligently, very, very slowly. For an hour.

Now I’ve the Star Wars theme stuck in my head, and worse, it’s in the broken piano format.

I should be glad they’re not singing along to it though:

“I like to play the Star Wars, to play the Star Wars, on this piano!
At night, I play the Star Wars, I play the Star Wars, song for a while!
I may not be the best pianist you’ve heard in your entire life,
But you can be sure, I’ll play for you for free!
You may not be the greatest fan of this stupid movie theme
But sing along, and then you can’t stop too…”

– repeat ad nauseum to the tune of Star Wars

Think I might print this out and slip it under their door.

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