We have just entered our third week of touring – and I think the most surprising thing about week two was how quickly it passed!!! While week one was a whirlwind of adjusting to the tech, the set, the spaces, the hotels, the travel, and everything in between, week two has been the time to sink our teeth into tour and really enjoy it.
The entire week has been spent in beautiful, sunny Florida! And I mean ALL of beautiful, sunny Florida. We’ve travelled from Avon Park – to Ft. Lauderdale – to Miami – to Melbourne – to Lakeland – to Miramar… WHEW! I’m getting tired just writing about it! There’s been a lot of van time, but between music, books, and “your team” we seem to keep ourselves occupied.
What’s “Your Team,” you ask?! Well, it’s this miraculous game with hardly any rules. Basically, if you see a person that is wonderful, mysterious, or hilarious, you put them on your friend’s team, either because they remind you of your friend or because your friend would appreciate their bizarre qualities. It’s extreme people watching – and so far, my team is mostly made up of homeless people, old women, and inanimate objects (dolls and statues) – and I accept them all graciously! This game never ends and never really amounts to much – but it’s a great way to pass the time and check out the locals.
The hardest part of tour (besides being away from family and friends) is that we are rarely in any given hotel for more than 24 hours. So far we’ve been lucky that we’ve spent each weekend (two nights at a time!) in one hotel. Often we arrive after dinner and are checked out after an early breakfast – but it’s also part of the fun. We’re on tour to explore and travel, not sit in a hotel room! So in some ways, the constant mobility encourages us to have mini adventures – like walking to a nearby mall or going to the beach. The opportunities are (usually) endless!
But there’s also work to be done! Just because we’re working actors now doesn’t mean we will be when we get home – so we’ve been submitting to a lot of auditions for summer stock and 2012-2013 seasons. But since we’re not in New York to attend auditions, we’ve had to record audition videos in our hotel rooms, and then email the videos! Oh, the lengths to which we go for that which we love…
There seems to be an absence of photos in this blog – but I’d like to think that means I’ve been too busy enjoying myself to take out my camera! Which is true – it’s been an absolute whirlwind, and there’s a new adventure every minute. What else could you expect on the Yellow Brick Road?!