Rehearsal Days 4 & 5; 9 Days Until UK

By: Vagabond63

Jan 07 2013

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The last 48 hours have just flown by. I blinked my eyes and it was already Sunday. Today and yesterday were both so busy. Yesterday we worked on choral, costumed our show, walked and ran our show and had a cast talk that was much needed by the end of the night. The night was a little bit longer than others (I say that because we didn’t finish until 2 am), but we are running out of time and it all needed to be done. Today was a day that helped our cast grow; we started with casting our two hour concert that we are going to perform later in the tour and I am very happy to say that I made the penguin number (I know that sounds silly, but I have wanted to be a tapping penguin since before I was even in the group; I accomplished one of my personal goals in the group), today we also costumed that concert. Sometimes in our group things get a little hectic; you may have to ask somebody to go get lunch for you because there is something you have to accomplish before something else and it is not in any way a bad thing, but it is still hectic. After costuming all three casts; US, UK, and Japan ran their first act for the other casts. We do this so that we can see what all of our friends are doing and feel the atmosphere of that cast. I have got to say that I cried so much that I think my tear ducts ran out of tears, but the tears were tears of joy not anything else. I was so proud of everybody and seeing the growth just blew my mind. Also seeing the growth of my own cast was incredible, we kicked our first acts butt yesterday! You could really see the growth and strength of our cast when we went to work with out musical directors and we ended up having a dance party to a song called Blaydon Races. The song is popular in England and we listened to a bunch of English songs to create a medley for our show, it was very clear that everybody’s favorite was Blaydon Races. I feel that this song will be stuck in my head for the next 3 months, it is really that catchy.

I am still in awe and it hasn’t hit me yet that in 9 days I will be in Europe with a group of people that will grow to be my support system, my family away from family. Something that really makes me smile is that the day we land in Europe is my birthday and for my birthday I get my first stamp in my passport. I would like to think that I am prepared for this journey, but there is no way that I am and I don’t find that to be a bad thing. I’m prepared when it comes to the logistics, I’m packed with all of the appropriate things, my passport is with my company manager, I have the appropriate paperwork filled out but I know I’m not prepared for the beauty and the emotion that I am going to experience. I would say that luck comes in many forms but that this journey came from more than just luck. As lucky as I seem to be I am more just ready, it is my time to get on the road and teach. I’m glad that I went through the journey that got me to this point, but its time to take another path and we can only see the first few feet, but it is a beautiful sight.

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