Again. sorry it's been a long time between blog entries. After Thousand Oaks we had a travel day and then a day off in Flagstaff Az. And by the time we got there I was READY for a day off.
Thousand Oaks, as you may have seen in the photos, is a huge theater. Probably the biggest theater I think we're in on the tour, don't remember, I have to check. But wow, did it ever feel cavernous. I don't think the photo does it justice, but when I stood in the very last row in the balcony it gave me the feeling like I was a mile away, looking straight down. As one of my cast members pointed out, "It must be nice to look at the tops of people's heads in the show." We were there a total of nine days which is also one of the longest stops on the tour, so it began to feel like we actually lived there. Except for Knotts Berry Farm, I personally, didn't venture too far the area like some...didn't really feel like spending the money for one thing. And I've already been to Hollywood, Rodeo Drive and Venice Beach so those didn't interest me much. God, am I that BORING?!
The performances went very well considering a number of the cast members have been sick the last couple weeks. It was serious enough that they had to shuffle understudies and the show around to make it work. One of the cast members, Lauren, played three roles on three consecutive nights. Her own role, the role of Rusty and the role of Wendy Jo. No easy feat to do when you think of all the choreography that each one has...not to mention all the lines and the songs. She did very well and everyone is very proud of her.
Makes me feel all the more guilty when I think that I have only one role to worry about and on Sunday I couldn't even do that. Well, I should clarify a little...my performance as a whole was ok, I just commited one of the cardinal sins of theatre. NEVER MISS AN ENTRANCE! Yep, I admit it, I got distracted by shiny things and left two fellow actors onstage to rely on their improve skills. It wasn't very long, maybe a few seconds. But when you're standing onstage waiting, I imagine it feels like an eternity. I felt absolutely horrible about it, I mean, it's something I don't think I've ever done and can't believe I did now! I feel so bad about it. So let this be a lesson to everyone...don't for a second lose your focus and concentration while you're on stage...the results could be...well you know.
Well, we packed up and headed to Flagstaff AZ. We were originally thinking, since we were going to have a day off when we got there to maybe go up to the Grand Canyon. But with so many people sick and the weather so bad(snow and temps in the 20's ) we thought better of it. And as I mentioned earlier, I was ready to relax anyway. As it turned out it was a struggle just to get to Flagstaff to begin with. We knew it was going to snow there while we were on our way, but heard it wasn't going to get bad until after we got there. Well, I guess somebody forgot to tell Mother Nature because as we were coming over this mountain down into Flastaff we ran right into some semi-whiteout conditions. There were a few cars that spun off the road and traffic began to back up, but George was the man, the guy was fearless coming thru that stuff. The only challenge he couldn't conquer was getting into the parking lot of the hotel! The town in general and the hotel in particular were a little slow at getting the roads cleared, so after a few unsuccessful tries, we finally had to unload in the adjacent parking lot and walk up to our hotel. So if no one was ready for a day off before we were then.
After our golden day we had to travel to Socorro NM to do one night at the local college there. I remember putting that date (Feb 11th, Socorro NM, on Facebook and thought "Wow, that's so far away" and now we've passed it. After Thousand Oaks, doing a one night show felt odd to me. So much so that I forgot to take any pictures. It was a nice little theater, about 600 seats, and the crowd, while not sold out, was really into it. They even went so far as to declare it "eighties night" and everyone was dressed up with big hair and period clothes. Kinda funny. And the nice thing to is they fed us before the show, great of them to do that. I tell you, I'm beginning to appreciate the free meals.
So now it's on to Stillwater OK, but first we'll stopover in Amarillo TX for the night.
Be back soon