First let me start off with how lucky I am to be in this show. Going on for the first time in Philly was one of the most amazing and rewarding experiences I've ever had. I didn't really want to show it, but I was freaking out. I got the call Friday around 6 pm saying that I would be going on for Thea both shows the next day, and I immediately called my parents. My mom started to cry, of course. Since Philly is legitimately only an hour away from home, they were able to see me do the matinee. Mama Reprise was probably my favorite part of the show. Being a swing, I never get to sing it which is VERY unfortunate because it's my favorite song in the show, besides Those You've Known. Finally being able to unleash all of that energy was so cathartic, and unbelievably amazing. I also got to do Thea with two different Melchiors, Jake in the afternoon and Kyle at night, which was an experience in itself. I don't think I've ever had more fun on stage, and I still can't believe I got to go on after only 4 weeks of being here! I know I'll never forget my first time :)
Although it was a happy weekend personally, we had to say goodbye to two amazing members of the family, Kyle & Julie D. It was heart wrenching to see everyone so upset. They are both amazing and talented people, and so genuinely nice. It was hard to see them go. We were all ridiculous messes in Left Behind, and tried to harness that energy in to kicking ass for Fucked, and for the most part we did. But, as soon as we all thought the crying was over, Henry and Angie slowly and loudly said "Melchior Gabor, FOR THE LAST TIME....DID YOU WRITE THIS?!". And Kyle responded with the loudest yes I've ever heard. And then we all started crying and going crazy. I've never swung on those bars harder than I did Sunday night. It was one of the most memorable performances I've had so far on tour.
We've been on vacation for the week, and it's been great. When you're on tour, you see the same people every second of every day, and it's nice to come home and remind yourself of the people you left behind. I saw Hair with Anthony on Tuesday night and it was RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING. I reccommend it for everyone! I also got to visit my friends at the Paper Mill Playhouse Summer Musical Theater Conservatory, which I've attended for the past 6 years. I've recieved almost all of my training from the teachers at Paper Mill, and it broke my heart to go back there and see what I'm missing this summer. But, listening to my peers and directors ask me about tour and saying how lucky I am really reassured me of how truly blessed I am to be touring in this show.
See you all in D.C! Until next time,