Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sunday, March 15 & Monday, March 16: Laredo, TX

3/15/15- 2:00, 5:00, and 8:00 p.m.

Once again this week I missed out on my Sunday morning breakfast ritual in lieu of sleeping in. I need to get my butt into gear next week!

The shows today were tough to get through (maybe that extra sleep wasn’t such a bad idea after all); the audiences weren't giving us a lot of energy to feed off of.

When Marcos, our ringmaster, gives the announcement for Intermission, he then exits with all six dancers, leaving Ryan and I alone in the ring. We yell at the girls, and then two of them return to escort us out.
My walking companion is Sammie, and every day I pitch a new preposterous idea to her on how we should perform the bit.
For the first show I acted out one to entertain the girls and shake up the monotony.

When I realized I had been left out in the cold, I turned towards the curtain, and channeling my best Marlon Brando in “A Streetcar Named Desire”, I dropped to my knees, clutched my hair, and threw my head back while wailing in agony, “SAAAAMMMMMIIIIEEEEE!”
I’m just lucky that there wasn’t any horse poop where I performed my impromptu, over the top theatrics, as I failed to check before I dropped to my knees.

Before the third show I gave the weekly motivational speech as a surfer dude, pronouncing the wonders of Spring Break and likening the shows to shots that I had been doing all week in celebration.

Even though the shows today were a bit of a drag, the men’s dressing room was extremely entertaining.
Everyone’s laughter helped pick up our spirits and see us through the last performance.

3/16/15- 7:30 p.m.

Ryan and I left Laredo around 8 a.m. to embark on the three hour drive to Circo Hermanos Vazquez headquarters in Donna, TX.

We had an 11:00 a.m. meeting with the five Vazquez brothers and Glen, who is production manager for the East Unit.
Ryan and I couldn’t have asked for a better meeting. The brothers gave us their ideas and thoughts, Ryan and I did the same, and all of us left feeling energized and excited.
Big things are in the works, folks. Ryan and I are so excited.

Ryan and I made it back to Laredo at 5:00 p.m., only a couple of hours before our show.

There was a big crowd for the final performance in Laredo. It’s always nice to go out on a high note!

By finale Ryan and I noticed that a tear down show is especially busy for us this year. Once we began the water gag, we did not stop going until our props were loaded into our trailers after the show.

Luckily we were able to get a lot of packing done during Intermission and the second half, so we only had the major props left to move out of backstage once the performance had concluded.

Ryan and I initially planned to drive all the way to Corpus Christi tonight after the show since we were going to have to move off the lot in the night anyway.
We were told that a lot of rain was expected, and since the lot was a muddy mess for most of our stay in Laredo, I could totally understand the decision.

When we arrived a couple of weeks ago, my trailer had to be parked the opposite direction of everyone else so I could get my cargo door open to unload our props.
The show’s Bobcat had to move my trailer into position, so tonight I had to wait for it to be available during tear down to remove my trailer from its parking spot.

It took quite awhile before my trailer was ready for me to hook my truck up to it, and as I was waiting I became more and more tired.
Finally I let Ryan know that I was in no shape to be driving a truck and trailer 140 miles after midnight. We had a long day, what with our 340 mile round trip to Donna, an exciting meeting, a non stop show, and loading out our props.

I was very happy that we agreed on the decision to get a good night’s sleep and tackle the relatively short drive to Corpus Christi in the morning. 


Anonymous said...

So these "big things in the works" are part of the surprise you talked about a couple blogs ago. Let me guess we still have to wait to find out the details?

Steve Copeland said...

Yep! You're good at this game!