Monday, December 5, 2011

Lancaster, PA-4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Today was the opening day for the Bill Hall Christmas Tour. We showed up at the Mennonite School (conveniently located right across the street from our hotel) about 3 hours before show time.

There always seems to be a shortage of time on the opening day of the tour, but today seemed especially hectic.
A lot of folks showed up close to show time, so the cast meeting was held behind the curtain while folks were entering the auditorium.

In fact, when show time rolled around, last minute preparations were still being made. Ryan and I went out and entertained the crowd while everything was settled.
It was actually a lot of fun and allowed us to shake the rust off our clowning. Neither of us has been in make up since the end of the KM season. (Ryan actually forgot the details of his make up process)

There was a small crowd for the first show, but that was actually beneficial for us. There wasn't huge pressure while we ironed out the kinks of the performance.

Here is the line up:

Welcome-Steve and Ryan
National Anthem and Overture-Larry Stout
Bicycles and Unicycles-The Rinney Family
Santa's Arrival-Steve & Ryan and John Bundy
Dogs-Gail Mirabella
Magic-Clive and Tracy Allen
Rola Bola-Jonathon Olivero
Bizarre Balloonology-John and Jen Cassidy


Juggling-The Rinney Family
Holiday Hilarity-Steve & Ryan
Ponies-Cassidy Herriott (with the dice throwing assistance of Steve & Ryan)
Bizarre Balloonology-John and Jen Cassidy

We packed props into the car for two gags, but it turned out that Mr. Hall only needed one for this year's show. We wanted to premiere our brand new (never before done) gag, but due to lack of time to practice with Clive Allen, we went with our other act: the shovel gag that we did on KM in 2009.

It turns out we wouldn't have been able to do the new gag anyway. The pony act has a huge ring made out of fences that takes up almost the whole stage from front to back.
Ryan and I just had a small space in which to work in front of the fences; we could barely move, much less do a gag.
Tomorrow we are going to ask if we can go after the pony act when the fences are cleared so we can actually do a decent job.

We paint faces before the show and during Intermission, and with Tatiana joining us, we added the option of full face designs in addition to our regular cheek art.
We cleaned up in the face painting department, especially in the second show when there was a big crowd. The full face designs were a huge hit; Ryan had to help out. I am going to learn to apply them too so I can help keep the line moving.

Our friend, Carol Lang, came to see the second show. She brought crab cakes, a couple of different salads, cookies, Guinness, gifts for Nico, and cards for us.
It was so thoughtful of her to bring us such a nice free roll. She even had plates, cups, a cooler full of ice, and a little oven to heat up the crab cakes!
Ryan's friends, the Gallucci family, were also at the show. Needless to say, we were very busy visiting everyone!

After the shows I was happy to kick back in my hotel room and enjoy a Guinness from Carol.

One day down, 12 more to go!


Anonymous said...

Are you going to start doing face painting for KM? I hope you guys do your never before seen act for KM still. I am sure it will be hit as all your stuff is. Keep up the good work.

Steve Copeland said...

We only face paint on the Bill Hall tour to add a little income for hotels and gas.