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Decorated Detroit December 4, 2017

Filed under: Hi-Ho the Glamorous Life — meganorussell @ 1:30 pm
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In traveling for the Wizard of Oz tour, we get to go to some really great places and some places that…aren’t on the radar for must-visit destinations.

Recently, we visited Detroit. The only things I knew about Detroit were that cars got made there and that the economic slumps hit it very hard. While both those things are true, nobody ever mentioned how awesome Detroit is!

The husband and I wandered out of our hotel, just looking to stretch our legs, and we found a huge amount of outdoor art that led us to a Christmas wonderland!

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They had blow-up igloos with table tennis and hot chocolate, a tent decked out to be a ski lodge, and an ice skating under a giant Christmas tree!

So what did these wise actors do on their precious day off? We went ice skating! (more…)

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A Travel Tale (Rated PG-13) May 6, 2015

This past Monday, I travelled back to Denali! In honor of sleeping in an airport and riding for 6 hours in a packed twelve-passenger van, I’d like to tell you about the time my tour bus got pulled over by Border Patrol.

Gather children, and listen to this fine tale of possible illicit substances and mild racial profiling. (more…)

 

United We Stand. Divided We Itch. January 20, 2014

Filed under: Hi-Ho the Glamorous Life — meganorussell @ 8:30 pm
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The National Tour I did was not the most high end of tours. We traveled to a lot of small towns and were frequently the only professional show the town would see all year. They would get a grant to bring us in, and even if the houses weren’t filled, the people in the seats were so grateful.

The downside of traveling to these small towns was that there wasn’t always a nice hotel near the theatre. Sometimes there was only one hotel, and it was scary. A frequent phrase was “this hotel looks (or smells) a little murdery.” (more…)

 

Plastic Hands – Rated PG-13 April 22, 2013

Filed under: Hi-Ho the Glamorous Life — meganorussell @ 8:05 am
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I know I shouldn’t complain. Most actors travel for work all the time. At least those of us lucky enough to be working. Some actors go months without seeing their significant others, but I miss my husband’s face. I haven’t seen it in almost nine months. And not because I haven’t seen him. I’ve been spending almost every second of the day with him as we’ve traveled the country performing on the Fiddler on the Roof national tour. I’ve missed my husband’s face because a giant ginger monster swallowed half of it! Though my husband’s hair is black, his beard grows red, and this giant red beard has covered his chiseled chin for the better part of a year. I’ve spent months anxiously awaiting the return of the chin, but now even though Fiddler is closed, the chin is still hidden. We just found out we’ll be traveling to Alaska for a month, and they want him to keep his beard. I supposed it’s a sacrifice I’ll have to make to see Alaska, with my husband, but without his chin.

That being said, the tour is now at an end. We’ve performed Fiddler 220 times in more than 70 cities, traveled 50,000 miles on a blue bus, and I survived dammit. In honor of the end of my first national tour here is one of my favorite tour stories: (more…)