This year on tour I will not get time off for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, nothin’! While it’s fun and fulfilling to perform and share what I love with audiences as a personal celebration, it can be hard to be away from home and family during holidays, especially with so many kids in this show! Instead, I look at holidays as an opportunity to bond with others in the cast, learn more about them, and make fun, new traditions as a tour family!
For birthdays, we have what we call ‘Birthday Club.’ It works like a chain - the person who’s birthday was celebrated before yours brings a treat to celebrate on your birthday, and we all gather backstage at our half hour call time and sing “Happy Birthday” to the birthday boy or girl. Then you bring a treat for the next birthday, and so on.
This week we had our first official holiday celebration on tour! For Halloween, we planned to have all of the kids dress up and visit each of the adult’s dressing rooms to trick or treat before the show! We decorated, and some of the cast even turned their dressing rooms into mini haunted houses!! The crew went all out and even used lights and fog! I’m sure everyone missed their friends and relatives (I know I did), but it was a great way to celebrate so we didn’t totally miss out on the fun :)
Thanksgiving is next, stay turned to see what we come up with!