Wow, I could not have had a funner week performing with Spring at my hometown theatre, Gammage. Seriously, I had the absolute funnest time with everyone staying at my house!! We had our huge cast Christmas party the first day we got here and literally every single cast and band member made it! There were so many people at my house and my mother somehow in her incredible ways actually sat the 25 of us at the same table for dinner!! It was absoulutely insane and so much fun! We had a really nice secret santa under the tree that turned out great, and then had a wonderful homecooked meal around the table. There was guitar hero playing, a fire outside, and lots of christmas music! So the rest of the week was awesome. There was a lot of driving around on my part, but it was worth it. By mid week, the 7 of us staying at my house decided that we wanted to have a Christmas morning on Saturday, so we all bought eachother presents, put them under my tree, and then woke up really early saturday morning and had our own little christmas! We had such a fun time opening eachothers gifts and spending our own Chrismtas together! Then Julie and Chase made us breakfast and we all got ready to head to the theatre.
I had such a surreal time performing on the stage that I grew up going to and watching Broadway shows! I had so many old friends and family come, and it was so beautiful that I got to share this piece of art with them. My friends loved the show and thought it was the coolest thing. The picture over there on the right is with me and my two oldest and closest friends, Mohamed and Amirah! I have known them both and their family since I was born and they all came! I am so thankful that we got to play in Arizona! And it worked out perfectly cause now we have a two week layoff so I just get to stay home for two more weeks with my family! It is so nice to be home, but I know these two weeks are going to fly. They already are! I miss everyone already though, even though it has only been a few days. But resting is going to be good for me. I literally got sick the day everyone left. It was like I was holding out to be home. It kind of sucks cause right now I am stuck laying in bed, but I would much rather be sick at home, than sick on the road in a hotel room. Hopefully I will get better soon though, because I want to be super healthy for the best day ever!!! AKA Christmas!!!! It is coming!! Only a few more days and it is here!!!
Sunday, December 7, 2008
It is over. We closed today at the Ahmanson Theatre after a long 6 week run. We did really well in this city and had some great audiences. It has been fun being here. I've met a lot of very cool people, and experienced a lot in this crazy city. I can't believe that I spent two holidays here! Halloween and Thanksgiving! I leave many memories in this place, but I am very excited to move on. Our next city is one that I am most excited about...Tempe, AZ!! My home town!! I am finally going home!! I haven't been home since July! Before this tour the longest I had ever been away was about five days my entire life...so this is insane! I cannot wait until we get on that plane tomorrow, like I may not even sleep tonight I am so excited! We get in tomorrow and then me, Matt, Chase, Perry, Claire, Julie, and Anthony head over to my house where they are all staying for the week! It'll be like one big sleepover and I am very happy about having them in my house! Tomorrow night is going to be a blast. My parents are so sweet and invited the entire cast and band to our house for a huge homecooked Thanksgiving/Christmas dinner! This is something everyone has DEFINTIELY missed on this tour...a home cooked meal...I sure have. So we are gonna be having a big Christmas party with food, a SECRET SANTA! (EEE) and lots of music and movies. Yay!!
It is going to be such a surreal experience performing at the theatre in Tempe called Gammage. I grew up watching and seeing Broadway shows go through there, always hoping that I could one day perform on that stage in a tour...and now I actually am. And I am going to have the love and support of all my family and friends in the audience. I could not ask for anything more...seriously. I am so glad that I get to share this beautiful piece of art with the people in AZ. I think it is much needed and I really hope they like it!