Stillwater, OK- Katie R. went to visit her college while we pretended to be back in school for a couple days! Used the campus rec center, enjoyed the quad, ate at local thai place for Jess's b-day after walking around forever to find dinner. Show at the theatre where girls were in a classroom, we were in a closet. Went to Eskimo Joe's ladies night before heading to Stonewall Tavern where we all danced outside on picnic tables to weird techno music, met Kevin's friend, Katie Mitchell had a visitor, and I met she-who-shall-not-or-can-not-be-named. Ended up going to a diner late at night, Tavis ran to meet us, Katie M text us and we made a surprise entrance.
Newport, AR- I woke up and had been left on the bus to have to get back to the hotel from the theatre. Katie M.'s parents in town and got us pizza. No dressing rooms and girls got locked in there "room" so we had to hold the house.
Boca Raton (Century Villages)- Stayed in the Hilton for a WEEK and thought we had died and gone to heaven. Lots of pool time, the most infamous dinner, a night out to a bar/club, Deerfield Beach. Performing at the Century Villages was fun because it was like a college event. People yelling during announcements, getting upset they didn't know about intermission, before the shows we played shuffleboard. GIANT mall and publix, Paula Rakestraw came down to see the show in West Palm and Caroline ended up watching backstage because she wasn't of the age limit to be there. Enjoyed the manager's special each night and met the bartender who allowed us to come to their school and use their auditorium for rehearsing our cabaret. Massages at the Boca Beauty School all in one room next to each other ?!?!?!, St. Tropez, great gym in hotel, funny night with Katie M and tech director, Dan.
Sarasota, FL- Performed at the Van Wezel purple theatre, long walk along water and around town. Saw people going to opera, etc. Ate at Mattison's City Grille outside and it was AWESOME. Sold out crowd in huge theatre.
Bunnell, FL- SUPER hot and me and Tavis walked over the overpass and climbed chain link fence to get to Anytime Fitness. Ended up getting Thai food one time and then Katie R's grandparents came down and took us to the Golden Lion Cafe on the beach! Such a fun night where we all got huge piles of seafood with all sorts of legs, tentacles, etc. Performed in our stage manager's really nice high school.
Palm Beach Gardens- Me and Kevin got a rental car and grabbed food at outdoor mall before driving to Delray and checking in on all things cabaret. Plastered the town with flyers, got bearings on the town, met Kevro, etc. Got back and met girls at Barnes and Noble before the show. Chinese provided and we played frisbee outside a lot. Drove that night to...
Belle Glade, FL- We arrived at one of the only hotels in Belle Glade and knew it was going to be a rough night. Who knows what drug deals were going on? Rat poop found in Katie M.'s bed, rooms torn and ripped apart, all scared, uncomfortable, a mess. Ate at Pizza Hut next day and performed at REALLY CUTE Dolly Hand center. Had great food and wonderful crowd that supported us. Just a really long, terrible night staying in Belle Glade. As our pianist says, "Most of Florida is on the water and has a coastline. Then some of Florida doesn't..."
Delray Beach- Stayed on fun strip where we found a good gym, genuine French cafe, hookah bar to enjoy at night. Delray was fun to walk around, eat outside, lobster sandwiches. Really cute old-time theatre there with great crowds. Did our benefit concert at Kevro Art Bar: not a huge crowd, but very supportive and nice. Saw some old passengers from my ship that had seen the show! After the last show there, though, Kevin got really sick. Had to run off stage at the end.
Clearwater, FL- Met G.G. and Grandaddy for a sold out show, the Maddens also came. Tavis went on for Kevin!!! Did incredibly well after he had auditioned in St. Petersburg the morning before and when his mic wasn't working and the crowd started yelling at him! Oh my heck. Played the matinee before Kenny G performed that night. Kev finally started feeling better.
Ft. Peirce, FL- Don't remember hotel. Town was really cute and we ate at a corner restaurant with Nate called Yellowtail Grille. Walked around down to water and Tiki bar, got gelato, played the adorable Sunrise Theatre where we were yelled at for running into the wings that were set wrong. There was literally no stage right wing.
Ft. Lauderdale- Stayed at an extended stay and we went to local Catholic church. Road trip to Miami, South Beach, Jess got us to the main strip, played on beach, ate at Bongo's! Found park and took a run around there, Betsy came and met me and took me to Hollywood Beach for breakfast. Played beautiful Broward Center older theatre where all sorts of stars had played, streamed UK game backstage. Betsy, Lance, and Audrey came to see me there as did the Gershwins. Went out for Kevin's birthday for sushi and then to the Manor and saw all new side of Ft. Lauderdale. Highlight was Humpy's pizza.
Greenwood, SC- Got to see Taylor, Jay and Jonah! Hung out at their house that night and played games, Jonah kept getting sick. Went to do the show and Taylor got sick, couldn't come, but show went fine and we went out after to Chili's with family. On the overnight drive I got really sick as well the entire time. :(
Mahwah, NJ- Stayed at Doubletree, but we all rushed to get on bus and train to NYC. Auditioned for TBTS, hung out and all went back to hotel. Performed in cool theatre with balcony, lunch, etc.
Brooklyn, NY- Stayed in a RIDICULOUS nice hotel with all individual rooms, etc. So fun and went to church at the River for the first time overlooking ground zero. Had good closing in nice, big Brooklyn Perf. Arts Center before being kicked to the curb and heading to my new sublet!
Tour was an amazing experience. I will never forget it, but more than that, I will always have 6 of the best friends I could have ever asked for. There will never be another time where I have more adventures in such a short time with so many people I love so much!!!
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