It was great that we were able to stay in one place for the first few nights of the tour. Besides that comfort, there was a great mall just four miles down the road where Ryan, Tatiana, Nico, and I spent most of our free time.
Before we left the area on Thursday morning, we stopped at a Sam Ash music store where Ryan bought a tuba and a miniature trumpet for Nico. So much for having free space in the car!
Luckily Clive and Tracy Allen were nice enough to give the tuba a home until the Combs family heads back to Hugo.
It was a three hour drive to Williamsport, the third town of the Christmas tour. We always play in a cool theatre downtown. Business for the two shows was great.
Our gags went very well. Now that we have gotten over the initial nervousness of the material being new, we were finally able to play around a bit and find moments to make with the comedy. (That's a technical term)
We were all pretty beat after our first two show day of the tour. (Listen to me. On Kelly Miller we do almost nothing BUT two show days!)
Ryan, Tatiana, Nico, and I had a two hour drive to Hollidaysburg after work to stay with some of my family: The Hiotts.
They were at a midnight showing of the movie, "The Hobbit", so they weren't around when we arrived. We let ourselves in and went straight to bed.
On Friday morning we got to visit for a little while with my cousins, Michael and Heather Hiott. We had coffee and bagels while we caught up.
Unfortunately we couldn't visit for too long, because we had to drive to McKeesport, our next stop on tour.
There we met up with our third Circus Clowning Intensive student, John Sayre, and his wife, Clara.
We had lunch and then they accompanied us to the high school to visit and watch our two shows.
The crowds in McKeesport were not the largest, but Ryan and I worked hard to win them over. I was glad that John and Clara got to see us perform.
Mike Perry, a Ringling clown from the 70s, lives very close to McKeesport, and he was able to come see our second performance.
After dinner John, Clara, and Mike joined me, Ryan, Tatiana, and Nico for dinner. We had a great time swapping stories, and we were all laughing well into the next morning.
Thank goodness we were spending the night in town!