the past week has wiped us out with 14 shows at 4 different venues in a 1 week time span! last night we crossed one more show off our spring show season list with the final music concert of the season. of course we have more shows this weekend!
we found a quick spare moment in between everything this weekend to celebrate mother's day with my mom. although it was brief, it was nice to take a minute to have dinner and dessert with my mama on mother's day before running back off to work!
we had to take a raincheck on celebrating mother's day with ryan's mom, but we hope to celebrate with her soon!
this weekend, ryan worked several shows of beautiful at one theatre while i worked a graduation and a dance recital at a different theatre. we both set up another graduation at the outdoor arena, and then we both loaded out beautiful back at the theatre. it sure was a jam-packed weekend!
in other news, a humongous highlight of the weekend for me was trying my hand at up rigging for the very first time and succeeding! i'm incredibly proud of myself because this has been a personal goal of mine for about two years. all of the sore muscles are worth it because i can't believe i finally got a chance to do it!
since i'm not actually in the room with you right now and you can't hear me, just imagine me taking a very long sigh right now . . .
. . . wheph, this week has been a long and rough one, and although it's friday, it's far from over. i feel like the stupidity of so many things around me this week has beaten me down. looking back, there was really only one highlight of my week and that was seeing beautiful on wednesday night.
this weekend is power packed and is going to show no mercy with multiple shows happening back-to-back. tis show season, and that's to be expected, but i certainly could have done without all of the other idiocy from the week. check back in on monday to see if we make it through the weekend with our sanity intact.
broadway tour season is coming to a close this week with the national tour of "beautiful" the carole king musical. the show came into town monday afternoon, and we worked the two-day load in to get the show up and ready for opening night on tuesday. it's running through this weekend and we'll load it out late sunday night.
last week i mentioned that i went on local tv to promote an educational workshop for students that we put together for beautiful. the workshop was last night. the students had a chance to meet the production stage manager from the tour, meet members of our local stagehands union, and tour the backstage. we all then saw the show and capped off the night after the show with a talk-back with members from the cast.
overall, the workshop went great and the students really seemed to enjoy it. i was happy to have the chance to see the show, especially since i worked the load in and will be working the load out, and because ryan has a running position on this show as the head of props! what i wasn't expecting was to have my seat get a major upgrade last minute to a box seat! it was an unexpected yet awesome perk because of my help with the workshop as the chair of the education committee for the stagehands union. it was also pretty awesome because i sat in the house right box which had a great view of back stage right where ryan was stationed for the show. all of the committee members agreed that we felt like princesses for the evening sitting up in those box seats. it was a pretty cool experience and the show was wonderful! above are some pictures from last night.
when your effort to put clean sheets on the bed comes to a halt because someone decides to take the opportunity to stretch out on the bare mattress and feel the breeze coming through the open window above the head of the bed . . . you know, just another day in our house.
a few photos of . . . yummy sandwiches for lunch from one of our favorite sandwich shops, my view from behind the spotlight during rehearsal, coming across an ancient soundboard while working a gig, and a lunch date for thai between work calls.
this past weekend kicked off graduation season. luckily, we were able to ease into the graduation season with a super small and low-key graduation at the theatre. i'm grateful for easy events like this one since there are plenty of other shows and events which aren't so easy coming up. it almost made me feel like i had the night "off" . . . yeah right!
there are several different shows happening simultaneously this week so we're putting on our game face for a super busy week in several different theatres!
i know this photo is dark, but i just had to document leko on monday night for the first episode of the new season of dancing with the stars. i've mentioned several times before that dwts is leko's favorite show on television, and he was super excited to watch (a.k.a. sleep through) monday's episode!
the past two years, i have gone on our local tv station's "pa live" segment to promote my dance studio's recitals (here and here). this week, i had the opportunity to go back on the segment to promote an educational workshop that is being offered in conjunction with the national tour of the broadway show "beautiful" when it comes to town next week. if you're interested, you can watch a clip of the segment here.