To be in the presence of Olympian medalists and performing with them was becoming more and more exciting. Stepping onstage to sing “The Heart’s Cry” with Olympic Silver medalist Sasha Cohen performing a lyrical solo on the ice was equally surprising and unbelievable.
Riverdance Posts by Laura Yanez
On Monday, we had an early bus journey to Utica, New York. Opening night at Utica’s Stanley Performing Arts Center, the theatre held a reception for us and some local patrons. After mingling with audience members and posing for a few pictures, relaxing with hors d’oeuvres and some drinks was a lovely way to spend the evening.
On Monday, many of us spent the day in New York City, meeting up with friends and catching shows and concerts. Tuesday morning, we all piled into cars and headed up to Binghamton, New York. The entire company spent most of our time there, sipping coffee, eating delicious food.
This past Monday we had a long bus journey to Manchester, New Hampshire. We found ourselves in sunny, almost spring weather when we arrived, which made the drive well worth it for me! Everyone took the evening to relax and unwind and on Tuesday, we headed to the Verizon Arena for a one-night performance.
Our lighting electrician, Josh Moberly is from this part of New York, so his mother made us a huge assortment of delicious treats that were greeting us as we entered the theatre. There were so many, that they lasted through our run there and beyond!
On Monday morning we headed through the snow to Kansas City Airport to fly to Youngstown, Ohio. This former steel town close to Pittsburgh has been the source of many songs, including a dramatic and historical one by Bruce Springsteen……
This week we left El Paso, Texas bright and early after a delicious Mexican breakfast for Lubbock, Texas. This city is famous for being the birthplace of rock legend Buddy Holly, and also houses the football giant Texas Tech University. We actually performed on campus, in the City Bank Auditorium. This venue was attached to a sports arena, so we had plenty of space backstage, and I even warmed up in the stands of the Coliseum one day. Talk about good acoustics!
This Monday, we had a short bus journey to Amarillo, Texas for the first three shows of the week. The Amarillo Civic Center was attached to an ice hockey rink, so we were very cold at work the first few days! In fact, after being in California for a couple of months, being in Amarillo was a very cold awakening to the winter!
Happy February everyone! This week on tour we started a stretch of split weeks, where we perform in two cities per week. This generally means a lot more traveling, packing and an extra need for sleep…at least for me!
This week we headed to Phoenix, Arizona to the expansive and impressive Arizona Biltmore Resort and Spa. This hotel holds a place in American history, housing such celebrities as Fred Astaire, Marilyn Monroe and Steven Spielberg as well as every U.S. President since the hotel was built (up to George W. Bush that is!).