Des Moines, IA = the coldest place I have ever been to! This week has been super fun in Des Moines which (honestly) really surprised us all! I saw it snow for the first time and it was so beautiful! Right when we got off the plane, it was snowing and I was freaking out! Then just yesterday, it came down again while we were eating dinner at this fancy French restaurant!!! It was so so beautiful. I'll post some pictures later. Oh yeah, and I saw real life icicles!! Like in the movies!
This week was also awesome because I got to play Wendla in a big understudy put-in at the theatre. I got to go through the show as Wendla with Perry as my Melchior with the full band, lights, sound, costumes, and microphones! It was such an amazing and crazy experience. I was not expecting some of the light things, and just how different the show is with everything happening. It is strange because as understudies, we rehearse 2 times a week for 5 hours each and it is always just on the stage with the 6 of us and our stage managers and our assistant music director playing piano for us, so being able to do the full show with everything was such a treat! We had such a supportive audience too! Lol it was the rest of the cast that wasn't in the put-in. That is what I love so much about this family on the road, everyone is so incredibly sweet and supportive of everyone. I could not have asked for a better way to spend my first time as Wendla (well kind of as Wendla lol)