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So, it’s Smoker time again! No, not the cigarette kind, the annual musical roast of the faculty as presented by medical students! This year’s show promises to be epic – after all, it’s called Lordosis of the Rings for a reason.

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In recent years, we’ve featured Bruit and the Beast, Grand Roundhog Day, and Oh Glaucoma but this is definitely the one show to rule them all!

We started writing the script back in October, and rehearsals started in early January. And it’s finally almost here! Our two shows will be March 4 and March 5 at 7pm in Lydia Mendelssohn.

This upcoming week is our last week of rehearsal in the STAC, a UM theatre practice facility, before we move to Tech Week at Lydia Mendelssohn. Tech Week is a huge time commitment (5pm to almost midnight M-Sat) but is so much fun. The cast really starts to come together as we get to see scenes other than our own.

Monday and Tuesday are spent blocking the first and second acts respectively (fine-tuning lighting cues, microphone schemes, etc). On Wednesday, we run through the entire show in costume (but thankfully no hair/makeup). Thursday is the true dress rehearsal, paving the way for our Friday/Saturday shows.

In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m kind of excited.

But, to be fair, it’s kind of a big deal.

If you’re in Ann Arbor and want to come experience this extravaganza of Smoking, check out galenssmoker.org for tickets.

Hope to see you there!

Sara is a fourth-year medical student at UMMS. When not in the hospital, she can usually be found on the golf course or at a Michigan sporting event cheering on the Wolverines.