Thursday, April 26, 2007

Travelling During Spring Break Season!

Last month, we ran into some interesting adventures on the road! Nobody expected a snowstorm at the end of March but it happened and our flights out to Michigan were cancelled. We were supposed to fly into Flint, MI and drive to Lansing, MI. We discovered this itinerary...ahem...glitch, the day before our trip so I immediately got on the phone with the airline's customer service line. Oh, boy. The next two hours were devoted to waiting and pleading with the airline's representatives. Because it was during spring break season, most of the flights out of the New York area were originally full already! Apparently, we were confirmed on a flight out of New York two days after our original outbound date, which would have made us a day late to our performance!!!!

In a frenzied panic, I had my husband help me look up bus and train options, while I researched car rental prices. In the end, we decided it was best to rent a SUV from New York City and drive 11 hours to East Lansing, MI. The drive itself wasn't too bad, actually, aside from a little messiness in the Greater New York area. The people in Lansing were grateful we actually made it because they had at least 2 other show cancellations that weekend!

Our travels after that went pretty smoothly. From Lansing, MI, we flew to Missouri, where we performed at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Then, we went to on Denver, CO and performed in Lakewood, just outside of Denver.

This is what Denver airport looks like during spring break season. Eek.

Tim Hoffman, the Theater Production Coordinator at the Lakewood Cultural Center, managed to snap a good action shots of us in concert:

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

A Warm Retreat

Back in February, we visited our friends, John and Susie Freund, down in their winter home in Captiva, FL. Although it was brief, it was wonderful to be down there in their beautiful home, basking in the warm sun. Here is a view from my room window:

The palm trees are shading this:

We also performed at her country club while we were there. During our dress rehearsal, we were interrupted by a phone call from our manager, informing us that someone wanted to hire us for several summer dates. Emily was in the early stages of wedding planning back then and she spent some time working out an appropriate wedding date! Here was the scene:

I like to call this "Wedding Planning A La Post-Its". Note the essentials: bottled water, pencil, palm pilot, and hair elastic to tame those annoying flyaway strands of hair as she intently scrutinizes her carefully scrawled notes on various Post-It sized notepaper.

It was wonderful to spend some time with our hosts, Susie and John, but I also enjoyed the company of Indy, their adorably friendly dog. He loves people!

We were sad to go, but we all needed to be back in NYC! After all, Emily was in search of the perfect wedding dress and she needed the advice of her maid-of-honour and bridesmaid!!!!

P.S. For all of you who are curious, Emily HAS found her dress, and we are now all awaiting its arrival very soon!

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Kennesaw, GA

So I've been fairly behind on my blogging, but here are some pictures from our January concert in Kennesaw, GA! We performed at the brand new Dozier Center for the Performing Arts, which is not too far outside of Atlanta.

My husband used to live in Atlanta so many friends came out to see us play. In the first picture is Jenny Merrick, who used to put up with my husband's messiness and general male habits because she was his roomie! Below that, I am pictured with Jessie De Los Reyes, who is one of the sweetest people I know.

The bottom two pictures are of my friend, Koya Craddock. She is a dancer and we both went to Juilliard. Not only that, we lived in the same dorm suite for 5 years, so we've been through a lot: school stress, roommate drama, boy crises, you name it! We had a fun time catching up in the lobby of the hall.