Back in NYC

So “A Christmas Carol” finally opened last Friday and with opening night, I also called my last performance! Rachel, my replacement, joined us last Tuesday and starting calling on Saturday, the show after opening. So strange to open a show and leave it two days later!

The party for opening was fun – we all went to a restaurant called Vivo at the Marriott and took advantage of our free drink tickets and then went back to Steve French’s apartment and stayed up way too late drinking cheap beer and wine. Bill’s dog Cooper joined the party for a little while and when he went home to bed, Tallulah came over and hung out. She really is getting quite accustomed to other people now, which is great. Steve French even asked for her phone number, he was so taken with her!

A couple of the young actors at the opening night party - Stephanie, Kristin and Emily - cute, right?

A couple of the young actors at the opening night party - Stephanie, Kristin and Emily - cute, right?

And a triumvirate of hot babes - Anna, Renee, and Natty

And a triumvirate of hot babes - Anna, Renee, and Natty

Saturday and Sunday were a blur of getting it together to leave Hartford. Some of the cast members took me out for drinks on Saturday night at the Goodwin Hotel, which was so nice. I’m going to miss everyone so much! It’s hard to believe that I was only in Hartford for four weeks, it seems like so much longer – especially since I feel like I’ve made some friendships there that are going to last past the close of the show, which is rare and wonderful.

A shot taken yesterday as the sleigh kids ONCE AGAIN rehearsed bringing the sleigh onstage in attempt to correct their drunken sleigh-ing which usually appears in performance

A shot taken yesterday as the sleigh kids ONCE AGAIN rehearsed bringing the sleigh onstage in attempt to correct their drunken sleigh-ing which usually appears in performance

And a couple of shots of the super-cute kids in the cast:

Abbi - "Cider Girl"

Abbi - who plays Cider Girl

John - "Turkey Boy"

John - who plays Turkey Boy

And finally a couple of shots of the awesome stage management team:

With Patti - one of the PAs

With Patti - one of the PAs

With Julien (ASM) and Alex (PA)

With Julien (ASM) and Alex (PA)

Now I am back in NYC and up to my ears in packing. It is a little overwhelming since I am the worst packer in the world. And I’m also putting a lot of stuff in storage – I thought it would only be a couple of boxes, but it turns out that I have A LOT of crap. I can’t wait until its all done and packed away.

I haven’t been able to get a whole lot of knitting done lately, but for Patty I have to post at least one picture of my slow progress on Clapotis:

Clapotis

Clapotis

Pretty right? I’ve done a couple of the drop-stitch rows, which are super fun. I think it will look great with a jeans jacket when it is done.

That’s it for now…off to do some more packing.

Advertisements

Tech

Natty during flight rehearsal

 

Just got home from a 15 hour work day so must go to bed, but wanted to post some pictures from our flying rehearsal today. They are not great lighting-wise because I didn’t want to use my flash, but here they are.

Natty practicing choreography with Stu, our flight director from ZFX

Natty practicing choreography with Stu, our flight director from ZFX

ZFX are the same flying company who do Wicked. The flying in Christmas Carol is mostly done by Natty, who plays one of the Ghostly Apparitions throughout the play. She flies in the Prologue, Marley and the Tombstone scene. The Ghost of Christmas Past also flies at the end of Act 1 (I don’t have any pictures of her because she was pretty freaked out by the whole thing so I thought I would not make things worse by snapping pictures of her!).

We spent five hours on the flying this afternoon and then five hours teching the beginning of Act 1 tonight. We still have a ton to do and our first audience is Tuesday night. And the governor is coming to the show that night!

Charlie having an affectionate moment with Rescue Randy

Charlie having an affectionate moment with Rescue Randy

Hartford Stage borrowed a rescue dummy from the fire department to use for flying practice which everyone has affectionately named “Rescue Randy”. 

Okay, now I am off to bed. Another long tech day tomorrow…

A Christmas Carol

So I’ve been in Hartford for a little over a week now and I am TI-RED! The apartment I’m in is pretty nice – corporate-looking, but clean and big. Tanya gave me the great suggestion before I left NY of buying some scarves to drape over the furniture to cheer up dreary apartments and hotels on the road. So I made it down to Canal Street one day before I left and picked up a couple of bright colored scarves, and they really do make a difference draped over the furniture here.

Tallulah is adjusting okay. She hid under the couch for about the first two hours she was here, but now is out and about. She’s definitely more clingy than she was back home, but she doesn’t seem mopey, so that’s a good thing. Her appetite is also not quite what it was (which may also be a good thing – she was a bit of a fatty), but she is eating, which makes me happy. She has two giant windows/sills to hang out on which she likes a lot. It’s taking a bit of time getting used to sharing a bed with her. She’s a fidget and likes to wake me up at four in the morning. Hopefully she will learn that four is way too early to be waking up. Probably the reason I have been so tired this week! It’s great having her here though to keep me company. I would really have been lonely in this giant apartment by myself.

Tallulah on the windowsill

Tallulah on the windowsill

 

The show is going well so far. “A Christmas Carol” is always big, no matter where you do it. Although this is a different production from the one I did in San Francisco, it has all the same elements – kids, millions of props, special effects, etc, so it seems so familiar. We began rehearsals yesterday after a very long week of prep. We had a little bit of excitement the other day when the heavy rain caused part of the ceiling to collapse in our dance studio! It was late and there were only two of us still around, so we did our best to put trash bags and trash cans underneath the hole which was pouring water, but the nice sprung dance floor did end up with some damage.

My new luggage

My new luggage

I was off last Monday and had wanted to go home for the day but was way too exhausted, so I ended up staying in Connecticut and taking advantage of the suburban malls and the fact that I have a car right now (my friends Patty and David lent me theirs for a few weeks). I spent three hours at the mall and bought my luggage for the “Spamalot” tour! I love it – its Victorinox. Expensive, but has a life-time guarantee and Tanya recommended it as it is very durable for someone who is traveling a lot. She travelled with the same type of luggage when she was on tour. 

I also managed to remotely sublet my apartment, which is a giant relief. Tim, who I’ve actually known since I lived in California, and is a friend of Andrea’s (my roommate) is moving in January 1st. Its great to have that taken care of, and to have someone moving in that Andrea is comfortable with. Yay!

And not to be outdone by Zach Flynn – here is a super-cute picture of Ava Freeman (Tiffany and Aaron’s little girl) in her Halloween monkey costume!

Ava - Halloween 2006

Ava - Halloween 2006