I think that if Laura Ingalls Wilder was traveling the country today, she would be a photo-journalist of sorts. After all, the world’s “growin’, changin’…but Poineerin’ Spirit, that’ll always be around, no matter what!”
So here’s MY journey out West – one photo a day. Enjoy!
January 18th – Livingston, NJ: LAURA INGALLS WILDER had our official opening in good ol’ Jersey!!! The school was absolutely wonderful, and even drew us these amazingly detailed “Playbills” after seeing the show. Look closely, and you’ll see the grasshopper attack, the campfire scene, and Nellie in the sack! So happy to start off this tour on a great foot in my home state 🙂 Now, off to Maryland!
January 19th – Westminster, MD: For our second show, we were in a beautiful Maryland theatre, the Carroll Arts Center. The theatre staff and crew were so awesome, and we even made the marquee!!! After the show, we stopped for lunch and were approached by a young boy and his Mother who had seen the show. He wanted to say hello and tell us how much he enjoyed it… Even though the ending made him feel ‘a little sad inside’! It was such a treat to meet him and hear that he was touched by our show. The magic of theatre, folks!!!
January 20th – Richlands, VA: Traveling along the western-most roads of Virginia, today’s drive took us up, up, up the mountains, and all the way back down, down, down. The steep, winding roads showed us some absolutely breathtaking views (but I was driving, so this particular photo is of the more tame plains). We’ve been marveling at the similarities and differences between our travels and the Ingalls family’s. We’ll be lucky enough to travel some of the same roads, although we are having some very different adventures!
January 21st – Travel Day: Today, we travelled the 8 hours home from Virginia (thankfully missing the Inauguration traffic!). We stopped at McDonald’s for lunch, where My Fitness Pal was very pleased with the meal I concocted from a small salad and tuna can, and then saw a gaggle of geese in the parking lot! Special shout out to my awesome Ingalls Family for dropping me off in NJ before heading into NYC 🙂 Love you guys!
January 22nd – The Backroads of Rural Connecticut: after a two-show day in Paterson, NJ, we hit the road for New England. We ended up taking our break at an adorable restaurant/bookstore that not only let us use their facilities without buying anything, but also had a “take your first 3 books for free – after that, 50 cents each” policy! Always great to get a taste of the local culture 🙂
January 23rd – Concord, NH: the beautiful Capitol Center for the Arts wins the award for best tech crew so far! You guys rock!!! Plus, the talent each gets their own dressing room… Not too shabby.
January 24th – Paterson, NJ: No balloons?!? Looks like we’re going to have to make some adjustments to the climactic surprise party/techno dance scene.
January 25th – Cast Laundry Day: Just two short days until we leave town for 2 months, so we figured we deserved some fresh costumes! Yours truly has been assigned to costume laundry/maintenance, and I’m honored to keep our cast smelling (and looking) fresh!
January 27th – Ridgewood, NJ: Today, we had an afternoon show at a wonderful Middle School, where we had a very appreciative audience full of Girl Scout Troops and Birthday Parties (and where we found this very confusing mantra in our dressing room/the Spanish classroom). Afterwards, we had a Q&A and a Meet and Greet, where we signed autographs! Now, we’re in the road in upstate NY, and tour has OFFICIALLY begun… “Look out, USA… Here we come!!!”
January 28th – Fredonia, NY: Four shows over two days in one venue = Ghostlight.
January 29th – Oregon, OH: before leaving New York State, we stopped for lunch at The Upper Crust, a quaint and delicious little bake shop in Fredonia. Nothing like tomato soup and grille cheese on a rainy afternoon 🙂
January 30th – Travel Day: We stopped for a quick, impromptu lunch in Chicago! Delicious, entertaining, and an all-around great road-trip decision.
January 31st – West Salem, WI: Wisconsin greeted us with a beautiful snow storm and refreshing wind chill temperatures of -10F! But the Heider Center for the Arts is warm and cozy… And full of inspiring Harry Potter quotes.
February 1st – Culver’s: The day I had my first Butterburger… And life changed forever.
February 2nd – Milwaukee, WI: Uncle John (Our stage manager’s Uncle, and one of the kindest, most generous people on earth!) showed us around Downtown Milwaukee. We went to the Milwaukee Public Museum, where we saw incredible Natural History exhibits, including this exhibit of the same Wisconsin Prairie the Ingalls Family travelled across! So amazing to see the gorgeous, untamed prairie as they would have seen it.
February 3rd – Super Bowl Sunday!: Uncle John took us to a friendly neighbor’s Super Bowl gathering, and I won the 4th Quarter Prize! Still not quite sure how, or why… But that kept it interesting! As did Beyonce’s ferocity. Even the stadium lights couldn’t handle that jelly.
February 4th – Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts: Here is a vertical panoramic shot of the beautiful Sharon Lynn Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield, WI. Those are birds flying around the ceiling 🙂
February 5th – Aurora, IL: The gorgeous and amazingly hospitable Paramount Theatre in Aurora, IL
February 6th – Waukegan, IL: Caution – Creatives Crossing : )
February 7th – Springfield, IL: Today was a very meaningful day for our little Ingalls Family. Not only is today Laura Elizabeth Ingalls’ birthday, but it’s also our one month cast-aversary!!! Also, finding ourselves in Springfield, IL, we decided to watch the masterfully told story of ‘Lincoln’ last night and visit his burial place today. Such a touching experience.
February 8th – Baraboo, WI: The beautiful and historic Al Ringling Theatre
February 9th – Dundee, MI: An early morning drive to our show gave us the gift of seeing the sunrise. No filter necessary : )
February 10th – Grand Blanc MI: Almanzo Wilder, husband to Laura Ingalls. Many thanks to Dusty Ballard for the wonderful article:http://www.buzzfeed.com/