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Barnum Boobs June 19, 2013

Filed under: Hi-Ho the Glamorous Life — meganorussell @ 10:00 am
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The summer after my freshman year of college I worked at a small summer stock theatre. It was a theatre in the round, which means that the audience sits on all sides, and the stage is only about two-and-a-half feet high. One of the shows I did that summer was Barnum, which is about the life of circus legend P.T. Barnum. We did some crazy things in that show.

I learned how to do stationary trapeze. They tried to teach me to do a cartwheel, but since I almost cried when they tried me on a somersault they gave up on that concept. And the juggling thing didn’t work out so well either. A week with a juggling trainer, and I still can’t catch a ball. I got kicked out of the brick tossing number, too. But in my defense foam bricks are even harder to catch than balls, and they hurt when they peg you in the nose. Really hurt. But I could twirl a ribbon like a fiend, so I was in the front row for the parade number.

I stood in front in my satin leotard twirling my ribbon and singing soprano while the flag twirlers  danced behind me. Well, one fateful night one of the flag twirlers was a little off and nailed me in the butt with his flag, which wouldn’t have been such a problem if I hadn’t been standing on the very edge of the stage. I fell into the audience and landed right in the lap of an old man with my boobs halfway up his nose.

His wife helped me up and handed me my ribbon. “Get back up there sweetie. You’re doing a great job!” she said before patting my pink tulle covered butt and shoving me back on the stage. I finished the number and tried not to be embarrassed about forcing an old man to motor boat me. That could have been the last thrill that man ever had. And he sure got his money’s worth that night.

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7 Responses to “Barnum Boobs”

  1. that is too funny! Good thing you didn’t give him a heart attack. Probably hadn’t had an eyeful of boobs for years.

  2. ssoldjasper Says:

    That’s Show Biz!

  3. rockettattoo Says:

    * Old man nudges his wife* “why can’t you be more like her??”

  4. […] summer stock the summer after my freshman year of college, it was rough. And not just because the work was hard. It was just a crappy place to be. The boys lived in one cast house, and the girls lived in the […]

  5. I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was great. I don’t know who you are but definitely you are going to a famous blogger if you are not already 😉 Cheers!

  6. […] things go wrong. Sometimes a set piece breaks, sometimes you lose your wig, and occasionally you end up topless. It happens. A lot of times, there is no one to blame. It’s just the theatre gods having a bit of […]


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