Recently we toured to Florence and North Augusta, South Carolina where I very intentionally documented the on-goings of our time there, in order that I may then share them here with you. For the inquiring, go ahead and take a look below at my composition covering all of what our set up days involve!
What Tour Life Looks Like :
|The Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology (SIMT)|
|How many men does it take to open the trailer?|
|Emily's job is to tell people where to put stuff! ^_^|
|As Margot from inside of the lighting bin heads up unloading the stage lights, we assembly line it.|
11:38AM By this time we had finished unloading the trailer and it was time for me to start the assigned set up job I am in charge of which is to unpack and organize all the products we sell and to set it all up at the merchandise table in the lobby. I like that my job has me in the lobby with windows instead of in the dark theater which once my set up job is done, is where I will spend the majority of the rest of my day. I used to be John's helper with doing the audio cables in the theater, but that didn't last long. Though I learned very much about the audio, sound, speakers and monitors, and all that stuff during that season, I am not very technologically inclined and I struggled, so I was reassigned to a job where my natural giftings in the areas of organization and marketing could be used. Surprisingly it takes nearly two hours to set up and organize all of the merchandise. I have a helper, Maggie to assist me. We have a lot of stuff we sell that makes for quite the display! I will take this moment to say: if you are interested in purchasing any Ballet Magnificat Memorabilia please check out our online gift shop HERE. ^_^
|Abbey's setup job is to lay down and arrange the marley floor on the stage.|
|Here is sweet Maggie, my helper and I setting up the product display.|
1:23PM Not quite done setting up the merchandise table yet, but we are invited to break for lunch so we happily comply, drop what we are doing, and follow our noses to the dining room.
2:15PM By this time it is time to get into performer mode; Primp and preening time! We are scheduled this allotted time to do our hair and makeup. I like to do my hair first and my makeup second. On this day, we were to perform the ballet Stratagem, a ballet in which I wear a wig so not much is needed to be done with my hair. I like to do my makeup a little different each time depending on what ballet we do. For Stratagem, I like to use pinks and purples.
|My Makeup station|
|Our messy makeup and hair station. I spy, one angel and one demon...|
Can you find them?
(you might not know what to look for unless you've seen Stratagem)
3:00PM This is the time that we began "blocking and marking" which simply refers to the time that we take to physically and mentally walk through the ballet in a compressed amount of time. We review and talk through the placement of where the dancers should be and where they should go, discussing traffic patterns and the pathways we should take to work around sets and other hindrances that their maybe be, due to the platform shape or size. The stage at each venue we perform at tends to vary.
4:30PM Next after blocking, we usually circle up and have a time of devotions unto the Lord. What we do during this time is never the same. Sometimes we'll sing, sometimes we'll share stories, but we always make sure to offer up to the Lord through prayer, our evening and to ask him for fruitful ministry, his blessings and favor, and that all may run smoothly with our show.
|A photo I snapped during our time of devotions in North Augusta.|
5:00PM This is the time that we started our warm-up class which we take to prepare our body and muscles for the performance.
|These are the portable, collapsible, tour friendly ballet barres that one of the guy dancers built for us to use for when we take class on the road.|
|Here we are taking warm-up class on stage; getting our daily dose of tendus in for the day.|
|Usually, we don't eat dinner until after the show, so we request that there be a snack table provided which helps us to get through the evening.|
|It is soon to be showtime!|
|Down come the lighting poles!|
|And time to pack back up the costumes...|
|saying goodbye to an again vacant theater.|
|Back into the trailer everything goes!|
10:10PM Thankfully striking everything went fairly fast. After everything is packed back up, at 10 at night, NOW we can think about having dinner. Usually, we request a light dinner that will sit well in our stomachs so late at night.
|My random assortment of food! ^_^|
11:00PM A successful performance day behind us, we head back home to our host homes in hopes of having a good night's rest after having had such a full day of so much physical activity. Then at 7:30am the next day, we must wake up and head out by 8:15am to travel 145 miles to North Augusta, SC where we will do it ALL OVER AGAIN!
Amo Mi Vida!
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