On Monday a large portion of the company drove two hours east to a BBQ at Suzanne Storey’s (one of our hair supervisors) brand-new house in East Texas. Suzanne’s first house tragically burned down in an electrical fire in December, shortly before I joined the tour in Detroit. She has been working ever since on rebuilding her dream house on the property. The structure of the house is now up and so Suzanne threw a fourth of July celebration on her twenty-five acres of land to share with all of us the progress that has been made. It was really neat to drive through all these small Texan towns to reach Suzanne’s (which is out in the country – and in a dry county! You have to drive 30 miles to buy beer!) and so fun to hang out on her land all day. The house is beautiful and all her land is really amazing – she has a giant field filled with wildflowers and a pond where you can go fishing. She had some yummy BBQ catered in and we lazed around all day playing horseshoes, listening to country music and at the end of the day, watching a little (but impressive!) fireworks show put on by Cuz (our sound head) and Mike (our pyro guy). It was an all-around great day. And p.s., I am super jealous of Suzanne after seeing her amazing property!
On Tuesday I wanted to try out my new camera some more so I went over to the Dallas Arboretum with Ryan. It has been raining so much that the gardens are really lush and green right now. Here’s a few pics:
After the Arboretum we headed over to the Nasher Sculpture Museum and Garden and also to the Crow Collection. We saw some very cool pieces of art. I was very impressed with the actual physical building of the Nasher – it was so bright and clean and simple.
From the Nasher:
From the Crow Collection:
On Wednesday I spent a little bit of time taking some more photos at the Greenwood Cemetery, which is very near where we are staying in Dallas. I had driven by it last week on the way back to the hotel from doing laundry and thought it looked so pretty – lots of really interesting headstones and pretty trees and flowers. Here’s a few snaps:
Finally, we played whirly-ball this week! It was really fun! Whirly-ball is played with two teams in bumper cars. Everyone has a scoop and you have to pass the ball to your teammates and try to score a point by hitting a target on one end of the court. Cuz organized the outing, and the building looked really sketchy when we showed up – first of all it was hard to find because it was completely dark and the sign was off. We tentatively ventured inside to find what looked much like a bowling alley – cheap beers for sale at a concessions stand, and tables in a viewing area. There were two whirly-ball courts. We had one reserved from 11:30pm-1:30am. About twenty of us played – we switched off playing ten at a time. It was a blast.
A bunch of us went and visited Jaki again yesterday. She is doing so much better. The rehab center is so much nicer than the hospital, and she seems in really good spirits. She was joking around and entertaining us all just like she always does. It was great to see the progress she is making. She will probably be in Dallas for another three weeks before she can fly back home to Connecticut. I’ll miss her being on the tour a lot. She’s such a caring and funny person.
This weekend we bid goodbye to Rick Bertone, one of keyboard players. Rick and I have known each other for a few years as he worked with Firsthand Theatre Project on our cabaret show, Journeys, in 2003, and also on the Trailer Park musical two years ago. I’ll miss you, Ricky!
Monday we head to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Already there has been a hotel snafu. The place where the majority of the company was booked to stay has changed management and the person who booked all our reservations doesn’t work there any more and she erased her hard drive before she left with all our booking information. On top of that, the restaurant and pool are closed for renovation, and the new management sent an email to our company managers yesterday saying that the water pressure in the hotel was currently very bad. So we had a company meeting at intermission yesterday and we were given the opportunity to change hotels – however the new options weren’t great – one is a Best Western by the airport. Another is a Doubletree downtown, but only double rooms are available for shares. I think I am going to stay at a Candlewood, which should be okay, but its sort of expensive and 13 miles from the theater. I looked online though, and there is a mall within walking distance (with a Cheesecake Factory!), so that kind of made my decision for me!
Sorry for the long post! Hope everyone had a great July 4th.