Clayton’s Catastrophic Column: Day in the life

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You may have been wondering why last Tuesday came and went, and my blog was nowhere to be found on the Mill Valley News website. The reason is, simply, I ain’t had no time, and I am very sorry. Last week was quite a busy week, it being dress rehearsal week for the musical. This means that we run the show from beginning to end multiple times throughout the week, and we do not leave the school until we are entirely finished with the run. As a result of this, nobody in the cast got home before at least 9 p.m. last week, so if you see a “Guys and Dolls” cast member walking through the hallways this week looking like they’re dead inside, they probably are. That doesn’t mean that we won’t put on good shows this week, because I can assure you that we will. Speaking of good shows, if you would like to see one of these amazing productions, head on over to “Guys and Dolls” director Jon Copeland’s room to get tickets. Saturday is already sold out, and Thursday is only a couple tickets away from being full, so get there quickly if you want to snag a seat.

As it is show week, I, along with the other 100 members of the cast, have virtually no free time, which is why I’m currently writing this blog sitting in band director Deb Steiner’s room on the Google Docs app, which I just discovered 10 minutes ago. Technology is amazing.

In order to make this blog more enjoyable, I will be writing it throughout the day today at various points in my experience of Tuesday, Nov. 11.

7:42 a.m.

As the freshman members of Silver Band begin to filter into the band room, junior Isabel Crain is sleeping on her baritone saxophone case, presumably exhausted from having been at the school until 10 p.m. last night moving sets and other things of the sort. Come on, Isabel, it’s only two days into the musical.

9:01 a.m.

In the midst of our discussion on the bicameral system of the American legislature, senior Kate Schau gave our AP Government class a small lesson on the types of camels in the world. Fun fact: The Kansas City Zoo only has camels with two humps.

9:14 a.m.

While walking down the hallway, senior Michaela Mense asked if she could be in my blog this week. The answer is no.

10:03 a.m.

Did you know that you can buy pies online? I didn’t, and there’s a lot of pies that people will just ship to your house and you can eat them. We really are in the future.

11:38 a.m.

We are currently taking a breather in Jazz Band right now, due to the fact that many members are also members of the pit orchestra, and have therefore played their instruments exponentially more than they usually do, and also we played through all our music and we sound amazing. The conversation right now is on the topic of nothing, really. We’re all just sitting here in an exhausted daze while some people play games on their mobile devices.

12:23 p.m.

After whistling at my lunch table, I was informed by everyone sitting around me that apparently I do not whistle like a “normal person.” How I do not whistle normally, I do not understand.

2:45 p.m.

The jazz band has a performance today at the Shawnee Civic Center for a Veteran’s Day celebration hosted by our local Veterans of Foreign Wars chapter, the same performance that we played at last year. As we are loading onto the bus, our lead trumpet senior Eric Marquardt is nowhere to be found. In a frantic dash to find him, the whole bus calls him, and we try to find a way to replace him. However, he was just taking a test and was running a little behind.

3:32 p.m.

We begin playing at the Civic Center, and the crowd seems to enjoy it. We receive applause from at least two people after every song, which is pretty good if I do say so myself. As the program begins, we sit quietly in the corner as many current and former members of the Armed Forces are recognized, and finally pack up and make our way back to the school.

5:34 p.m.

We arrive back at the school, just in time for me to get changed and check my mic for tonight’s performance of “Guys and Dolls.”

7:02 p.m.

The curtains open, and the musical begins. It goes off splendidly, and now, at almost midnight, I can finally lie down and sleep for a couple hours. Maybe.

That is all.


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