Relationships and tempers are straining as the day of the first rehearsals arrives. More money than had been appropriated is spent as painters are called into service to paint backgrounds for scenes. In his exuberance, Tom invites neighbors to sit in the audience, a scheme no one has approved.
Fanny's major part in the preparations is to listen to everyone's complaints. Mr. Rushworth cannot remember his lines, so Fanny tries to provide him with measures to improve his memory. Nothing seems to help. Fanny has to continually prompt him. Not one of the actors wants to practice with...
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