I’m trying to relax my high goal here, but at the same time not be wasteful with the energy that I need to apply toward it. I just now made the difficult decision that has been blocking my efforts ever since I finished Act Two, Scene Two in the musical play I am writing. I have finally decided to reduce the size of the Chorus Line of Street Kids from 12 to 8, and eliminate the Chorus Line of Mainstream Citizens entirely. I had previously decided to double parts in the two chorus lines due to having earlier been cautioned that my cast size was becoming too large. The two chorus lines never appeared at the same time in the same place anyway, and there would be plenty of time for costume changes. But still, the presence of the Mainstream Chorus Line is unwieldy and unnecessary.
Although I sort of knew this to be true, I was resisting making the right choice because it would involve going all the way back to the beginning of the libretto, yanking out unnecessary parts and, if need be, replacing them with parts that can be performed by existing players. So now, I have to do that very thing. Of course I am a bit daunted by the ardor of the task. But it’s the right thing to do. So I’ll do it.
This changes things. I’m thinking that, because the eighth and final Scene still remains to be written, hopefully the task of sifting through the show from the very beginning up until the end of the seventh Scene will help clarify decisions I need to make in the last Scene that have still been vague in my mind. In any case, it seems highly unlikely that I’ll be able to crank it all out in one sitting. On the other hand, there’s a chance it will be out of the way by Wednesday night’s choir rehearsal.
I told the people at work that my application for Minister of Music will be in by Thursday. The present Music Minister does need to retire, and I’d like to rise to the higher calling if I can. But I don’t want my absorption in this project to be a deterrent. I want this draft to be done by the time of my interview. If that’s putting too much pressure on myself, so be it. All I can say is that working without any deadline whatsoever as of the past five years sure hasn’t gotten the job done.
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