Friday, December 23, 2016 – “Rendezvous” Practice, Work, Christmas Walk Report
We started this morning with another early “Rendezvous in Old Nauvoo” practice with our director, Sis. Lowe. This is our 4th private rehearsal and this morning we almost made it through all of our blocking and lines for all of the scenes of “George & Agatha.” We have one last scene to learn so we are progressing very well so far.
I feel like we are coming along nicely in our rehearsals. My part in “George and Agatha” is really easy. All together I only have about a page of dialog to memorize. In fact, most of what I do is make faces! However, Sis. Johnson has about four pages of dialog to memorize in addition to all of the stage positions (Blocking) and actions she has to do. My favorite part is when she climbs the pole to get away from the doctor. It is very funny and one of the highlights of the whole “Rendezvous” show each night. Sis. Johnson is perfect for the part.
Our work day at FM was cut short today. All of the regular staff have a four day weekend off for Christmas. The Senior missionaries all go to work regardless of the holiday. Richard gave us a list of things for us to do in the greenhouses while he is gone. When we finished those assignments we were done for the day.
It was a good thing to be off early, Sis. Johnson has a lot of work left to do on the “Tree Lighting & Christmas Walk” from two weeks ago. She is still accumulating all of the sub-committee reports. She is compiling and writing a comprehensive report including pictures to be turned into the mission. It’s a big project.
Tonight at our performance of “Rendezvous in Old Nauvoo” we had a birthday party. Today is Dec. 21st and therefore it is Joseph Smith’s birthday. At the beginning of our pre-show prayer meeting we sang “Happy Birthday” to the Prophet by singing “Praise to the Man.” Celebrating Joseph Smith’s birthday is very appropriate since we are here in “The City of Joseph.” Sis. Johnson and I feel very blessed to be able to work and serve in Nauvoo. Every day we see, here and feel the hand of the Lord at work in this sacred place.