Chris is the director of the high school drama club. S/he has
As I was saying, we have five more rehearsals until opening night. As you know, I've expressed several concerns regarding how many of you do not have all your lines memorized, and some of you have been absent far too often, and that the costumes are still forthcoming, and the set has not yet been constructed, and the principal will be bringing the superintendent to opening night, and if things don't go well, there's a good chance that funding for theater will be cut throughout the entire school district, so there's an insane amount of pressure. However, none of this worries me. In spite of the fact that everything that could go wrong has gone wrong during these rehearsals, I have complete faith that everything will work out fine. Why? Because I have this. [...] It's one of a kind. This watch was given to me by my great-grandfather, the amazing Italian stage director, Lorenzo Kapparizzi. He believed that this watch was magic, that whenever rehearsals were bleak and all seemed hopeless, he would bring his watch to the theater, and somehow, before the end of the hour, the cast and crew would come together and everything would flow. (Beat) So, ever since he passed it on to me, I have brought this pocket watch to dozens of rehearsals over the years, but only when I need it the most---when the production has gone haywire, when I feel like I'm in the middle of a director's nightmare, like I do right now.
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