Pittsburgh was another busy week of rehearsals. We were readying Alexa Glover for her debut (she took over for Jenn Rias the beginning of this week in Sioux City), and BT (our associate director) was also in town to rehearse the principals, as there wasn’t really any time for them to rehearse with any of the creative team after getting Mike Nichols’ notes in Boston. Throw Thanksgiving into the mix, and there wasn’t really time to much else in Pittsburgh.
The hotel I stayed at, the Omni William Penn, was also a big factor in me not venturing out much. My little corner room was so cozy, it was hard to leave it everyday. The hotel itself was a beautiful historic building, all decked out for the holidays. To top it all off, the Omni provides an awesome service to its Select Members (which you can sign up to be for free online) – you leave a tag on your door every night before bed which indicates which two complimentary beverages you want in the morning, and what time you want them. Then the next morning, at the allotted time, you get a knock on your door, and you open it to find a tray with a pot of hot chocolate and a glass of orange juice, or whatever it is you marked on the card. You can also add a very inexpensive breakfast to the order. It was great!!
The theater in Pittsburgh was huge – it felt so luxurious after being squeezed into the Colonial the week before. Most of the stagehands had worked on “Spamalot” when it was in town in 2006, so training everyone was a cinch. Unfortunately though, we had an automation malfunction on opening night causing our big castle unit to get jammed into its track. We had to stop the show for ten minutes and force the castle upstage – while Matt Allen, dressed in his frog costume for the Lady of the Lake number, entertained the crowd in front of the curtain. We had to modify some staging during Act 1 because of the faulty castle, but otherwise all went well. The crew fixed the problem the next day and we were up and running.
Wednesday night, after notes with BT, Jenn Rias had a going away party at Tonic Bar and Grill. It was really fun – especially when a bachelorette party showed up with a list of things they had to accomplish at the bar – like giving a guy a massage, or being proposed to by a stranger. The guys in our cast and crew had fun obliging all their requests!
On Thursday, the company threw us a lovely meal at the hotel in a private dining room for Thanksgiving. We had a drink hour to start with mimosas and bloody marys, and then stuffed our faces full of delicious Thanksgiving goodies. A nap followed, and then a show that evening!
After the show, Angelina and Nigel hosted a second Thanksgiving dinner at their rental apartment. Ang had prepared all the traditional Thanksgiving foods, along with some italian dishes. Her meatballs were awesome! It was fun to have somewhere to hang out with everyone and celebrate the holiday.
Friday was Alexa’s put-in, and then Saturday and Sunday were our normal four show weekend. We bid Jenn farewell after the Sunday night performance. She will be missed!
Monday morning I awoke bright and early and began the long drive to Sioux City, Iowa. So long, Pittsburgh! More on that in the next post!