Entry 119, July 17th, 2011, 10:51pm (GMT +2)
Today our new cast signed on.
A change of cast is a significant milestone on a ship's internal calendar. The cast is a large, active part of the ship's social scene, and so the sudden replacement can change the entire social dynamic. People use the shift in casts as a sort of calendar – “Oh, I've been here for the past two casts,” or the like.
It actually makes quite a lot of sense to use the casts as a unit of measurement like a month or a year. They're always here a certain amount of time, much like the phases of the moon or the length of the year. The departure of this cast was accompanied by a week of celebrations and merriment, much like the end of the year or the solstice is marked in many cultures.
I haven't met very many of the new people yet, but they've been around. We'll have extra work this week doing the install, and they will only do one production show performance. Next week we'll probably add the other one.
Anyway, there are a lot of new faces today, and a lot of the old ones are missing. Our usual music director, Lubo, is back on board, and our usual bass player, Linkon. It is good to have them back. I think one of my drinking buddies is back on board too, Nicky (the T & D manager. How she escaped the transit strikes in Greece, I have no idea). Such is the way of things. We'll miss the old ones and welcome the new.