Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sunday, January 19

Greetings from ____insert_adjective_here______ Hugo, OK!

Sorry I've been so lax on the blog, everyone. Truth be told, I've been feeling very lazy lately, and you know what? As hard as we've been working for the past few months, I was more than willing to indulge in a little old fashioned Vitamin N(ot doing anything).

I warn you, this entry is going to be a bit dis-jointed and prone to ramblings, simply because I didn't keep any notes for the past few weeks. So hold onto your hats, here we go!

Christmas at home in Walterboro, SC was fantastic. I loved getting to spend time with my family while enjoying delicious food I only get to eat once a year.

My circus fan friend, Don Horowitz, stopped over and spent the night on Christmas. He was on the way down to Florida to catch the three Ringling units, and my house was practically right along his route.

It was good to catch up and visit, but it made me realize that this is the first time in over 10 years that I will not get to see a Ringling show in its opening weeks.
I'm hoping we'll cross paths with the Blue Unit at some point this year so I can catch the brand new show, "Legends". (Which is on Youtube, in its entirety, for those of you that need a circus fix and can't wait)

Sadly, all good things must come to an end, so on January 6th I flew back to Hugo, OK to put my nose back to the grindstone.
There was still a lot to be done, but it was mostly the last minute minutiae that will gang up on us if we wait until the last minute to get it done.

As of this writing, all of our props are finished (and beautiful, if I may say so myself), and we are mostly waiting on a last minute shipment of costumes that need to be rhinestoned.
Other than that, we just need to make sure our trucks and trailers are ready to hit the road.

The one thing that we have put the most work into since we've been back is writing scripts for each of our 4 acts in the show.
Since we are going to have new production elements on Vazquez (lighting, a band, etc), we want to write comprehensive guides to each act that address each and every element that go into the finished product.
It has been time consuming, but we really think it will make our rehearsals go a LOT smoother.

We are leaving Hugo this coming Friday, the 24th, to head down to Donna, TX, where Vazquez has their US Winter Quarters.
Rehearsals begin on Monday the 27th, and our opening night performance is February 7th!

We're hoping to catch one of Kelly Miller's opening night performances since they open a day before us, on the 6th.

In closing, here are a few photos that my friend, Ramon, sent me from Donna, TX.

 The brand new tent!

Thanks, Ramon!

I'll post again next weekend before rehearsals start in Donna. Until then, take care and have fun!


Harry Kingston said...

Hi Steve,
Great BLOG info and yes you deserve a good rest as all the traveling and work you have put in this season.
As you two put lots of hard work into what you do in the ring and it shows.
Hope you have a great 2014 season.
And you two on a billboard and it looks great.
The billboard looks vinyl and you ought to see if you can get some after you finish the date as the billers will take it down and in the trash it goes.
That would be a great keep sake for your carriers down the road.
Harry in Texas

Steve Copeland said...


That's a great idea about the billboard. Thank you very much; we will look into that.
See you down the road!


Harry Kingston said...

Vasquez contacted either the billboard company or if they have an advertising agency that had the billboards made and who puts them up.
I would tell them to save the whole lot of what ever was put up in the valley as they have to replace them with another billboard later on. And then the old ones as they are dated go in the trash.
That way you have some for your collection and I will buy one from when you get one.
I just hate to see circus stuff go in the trash when a performer or a fan that can enjoy them to.
Have a great season.
Harry in Texas