"A New Inspector"
It doesn't happen very often in theatre, but when it does, it's pretty big news. We found out tonight at rehearsal that the actor who plays the 50-year-old Inspector Craddock had to drop out of the show due to serious health issues. As a result, that leaves us with a fresh new actor stepping into the role, and only a week to go before we open.
Yeah. One week.
So, instead of our normal rehearsal plans this evening, we dedicated the entire night to getting the new Inspector Craddock acclimated to the role. In theatre, "the show must go on", so we're all hoping Doug can get comfortable with the sizable role in the next seven days. My thoughts and prayers are with our original Craddock, though, and I hope he's able to recover from his health issues. In the meantime, we've all got a little more work to do. :)
Here's hoping everything works out well and we can open next Friday without any further obstacles. I'm pretty confident we will. Theatrical casts are usually some of the most resilient group structures out there, but, nonetheless, real life should always come first. So, we'll see how things go.
As for me, however, I'm off to bed. It's been a long day, and I think sleep is in order. Have a blessed Thursday all, and until next time,
Your happily blogging actor friend,