We had one more week of one-nighters before our Thanksgiving break! Needless to say, we were all pretty antsy and anxious to see family, friends, and get a break from doing the show and traveling. To cap off our week in Austin we had a 5 show weekend right into shows on Monday and Tuesday. Our day off for the week wasn’t until Wednesday, so we ended up doing 11 shows in 8 days. Those first two shows were in College Station, TX, home of Texas A&M. We pulled in the first day and just had time to run to the Applebees across the street for dinner and headed to the show. The next 24 hours included 2 more meals at Applebees, spending a portion of my Best Buy gift card, and a game of shuffleboard on a terrible board. Thrilling.
Off to Pearl, MS, which was just a stopover in our travel, but it meant a night off. We bided our time with dinner at Ruby Tuesday’s and catching up on the Sing-Off. One thing that was funny was that we quickly realized another tour was staying right by us and a lot of us had friends there that we were able to catch up with! What a small world! Our experience at Ruby Tuesday’s that night was also a bit of a mess. Quite often we have found that people are thrown off when 50 of us come in, all with ID’s from different states, all traveling together… it is understandably confusing. However, this restaurant refused to take a NY state ID that was valid! We quickly pulled together more NY id’s to clear up the situation, but the manager was very confused by our teaming up from tables all over the restaurant. Ha ha! Oxford, MS was a nice stop just because we really got a taste of the South. Pretty girls wandered around the immaculate main town square and there were plenty of shops to peruse. The show was in a really nice concert hall on Ole Miss’s campus. We went out for my roommate, Jake’s, birthday that night and enjoyed Square Pizza afterward, a great late-night snack.
The next day we had a show in Baton Rouge. It was a little bit of a tricky theatre backstage, but all went smoothly. I was able to get a small taste of Louisiana (enough to get me excited for New Orleans) with some red beans and rice for dinner. The following morning we hit the ground running, traveling again to Galveston, TX. We were all THRILLED when we pulled up to our hotel that sat right on the beach. It was GREAT to get a nice walk on the beach, an automatically calming and rejuvenating environment. The show was in a really pretty Opera House that was pretty tight for our show, but very charming and we played a PACKED house that night.
Our last 2 shows of the week were in Orange, TX. It was a really long, but rewarding day. We had to wake up and travel to Orange on the bus, heading straight to the theatre and into sound check. Our first show was complete and we had dinner provided for us. Little did we know that it was going to be a Thanksgiving FEAST! With 50+ people in our company it’s not exactly easy to feed all of us, but we all ate to our heart’s content and were filled with good ole Southern goodness! This certainly got us ready for the last show, which was one of our best! It included an intermission dance party thrown by the kids’ dressing room and subsequent celebration as we went to the hotel to pack up and head to our families for the holiday!
Heading back to tour now, refreshed and ready for 3 weeks of hard work before Christmas!