The Final Countdown

Big news!  There is just over one week left until we leave for the ship!

Last week was packed with excitement.  We finished learning our third and final show, and did our first run through.  I have to be honest, this show is hard!  It is the most technically demanding show I’ve done with the company, and also requires a lot of stamina.  When I get more comfortable with the choreography, I think I will enjoy it a lot, but at the moment, I feel somewhat overwhelmed!  I appreciate the challenge, though.

Something to smile about!  Puss in Boots stopped by rehearsal!

Something to smile about! Puss in Boots stopped by rehearsal!

4 other casts left to join their ships last week.  A few days before they left, each cast performed one of their shows at the studio.  It was great to see what the other casts have been doing!  The studios will be lonely this week without them.  Other casts arrive at the end of the week, right before we leave!

Gloria is leaving us, too!

Gloria is leaving us, too!

Last weekend, the my cast got together for a barbecue by the pool.  It was so nice to spend time with my new “family” outside of the studio.  I feel lucky to be with such a great group of people!

Cast barbecue

Cast barbecue

Two cast members had birthday last week, so we had a couple nights of celebrations.  I’m already trying to come up with theme ideas for my birthday.  It’s less than 3 months away!  Theme suggestions are welcome!

With the birthday girl

With the birthday girl

I’ve spent my Sunday sitting around and relaxing.  I’ll need a lot of energy this week!  We’ll be running all 3 shows and cleaning them up.  Friday, we perform the Vegas show at the studio.  I can’t believe the rehearsal period is already coming to a close!

 

Up and Down and All Around

Always posing

Always posing

The past couple weeks have been busy!  We’ve already finished learning our second show, a Vegas themed production.  It’s a very diverse show.  In the opening and finale, I’m a showgirl, complete with a rhinestone bikini and feathers, but in the middle of the show, I do a fierce number to “Dark Lady”, a fun number to a Bette Midler song, and at one point, even dance with boxing gloves!  It’s a little challenging to switch into so many styles, but is very fun to do.

Rainy day in the studio

Rainy day in the studio

We’ve now moved onto our third production show.  So far, I’ve learned the opening number, full of more turns than I’ve ever done on stage, and half of “Queen of the Night”.  This show also has a lot of variety, and is known for being technically difficult and requiring a lot of stamina.  I’m enjoying the rehearsals, but am looking forward to a day off on Sunday to rest!

Kristin Chenoweth

Kristin Chenoweth

In other news, I got to meet (or pose with) Kristin Chenoweth!  She visited the studios for an event for a new ship in the fleet, and I was able to snag a photo and get her autograph.  I’ve been a big fan of hers since I saw “Wicked” in New York.  In person, she was lovely.  She was so kind to all of the cast members, and looked gorgeous.

So exciting!

So exciting!

I’ve been enjoying getting to know the other girls in my cast.  Each night, we end up chatting for hours.  They’re all so down to earth!  We went out for a “girls’ night” last week and made mojitos at the apartment on Saturday.  This weekend, we’re planning to do a cast barbecue, and maybe even go out for Sunday brunch!

Homemade Mojitos

Homemade Mojitos

I’ve been having a difficult time adjusting to the busy schedule while also maintaining a long distance relationship.  My beau, who I met on my last ship, was just sent to a ship in the Caribbean.  His hours are very different than mine, so we’ve not been able to talk as much as usual.  As a result, I’ve been somewhat emotional.  My amazing sister sent me a box of “happy food” to try to cheer me up.  Supposedly goji berries and hemp seeds help to boost your mood, so I’ve added them to my diet!  I don’t know if they actually help, but I smile every morning thinking of my sister while I add goji berries to the top of my cereal.

Happy food!

Happy food!

Overall, things are going really well.  I’m looking forward to finishing the last show, and getting ready for the ship.  We sign on in less than 3 weeks!  More stories coming soon.