Dorothy says “Aunt Em told me all witches burned in the fires of hell.” Holy Crap! We haven’t gone through this dialogue for over a week. The other Dorothy, we have two sharing the role, forgot this line over a week ago. I, as Locusta, can’t complete my portion of the dialogue path if Dorothy doesn’t say this line so we just skip it.
This Dorothy didn’t skip it so I must go down this yellow brick road and come up with lines not said for quite some time. Locusta says “How horrible. Who is Aunt Em?” And we’re on our way into a detailed discussion of civilized countries. Oz is not, Kansas is and the actor playing the Munchkin says “What’s civilized?” Whew! Everyone remembered the 2 minutes we usually skip!
I begin my hunt for the laundry basket. Today I find it stage left with the Tinman’s ax in it. Yesterday, it contained the wolf suit. We have no prop table because we have no regular stage manager, just one of the actors filling in when he’s not on stage. The laundry basket is my responsibility mostly because the torn pillow needs to go on stage with the laundry basket and that torn pillow is my Aunt Em prop. Woe to me if its not on the bed in the farmhouse.
While backstage for the funeral scene, I notice the laundry basket getting placed on stage. I pray the pillow is on the bed. I need to come up with a new line too. The youngest Dorothy cannot carry the laundry basket out of the farmhouse, so they made it easy for her. Now, my usual line does not make sense, “please go get the laundry basket out of the house” because the laundry basket full of clothes is already at the clothesline. I quickly change it to “you will find it in the laundry basket.”
Last night, I tried to take Locusta’s 7ft staff out of the dressing room with me, only its a 6ft doorway. I must remember to dip it down. I managed to knock the ceiling on the stairs once again with it. That thing is a weapon in my hands!