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Riverdance begins it’s tour of California!

Laura Yanez, Soloist, Boyne Company

Hi Everybody! This week we embarked on the California leg of our tour with a split week between Santa Barbara and San Bernadino. On Monday, we flew from Austin to Los Angeles and then took a bus to Santa Barbara. A few us stayed on in L.A. to visit family and friends because we had Tuesday off! As you can imagine, it’s always very exciting to get a full day off because we usually are traveling on days we are not performing. Those that traveled to Santa Barbara got a whole day to take in the stunning views of both ocean and sea, and do some holiday shopping in the quaint downtown area. The troupe planned a big night out for Tuesday to get everyone in the Christmas spirit.

The beach in Santa Barbara…I could see it from my room!!

Dance captain Maeve Croke, Lead Caterina Coyne, Jessie Baffa and Ciara-Lee Jenkinson on a night out to kick off the Christmas season in Santa Barbara.

Our venue for our time in Santa Barbara was the most interesting theatre I’ve performed in to date. Inside the theatre looked a bit like a Mexican cantina, and the backstage was pretty small for our big company! Our wardrobe and physio departments were located outside the backstage area, and we also crossed outside from stage right to stage left. Thank goodness it was warm and sunny most of the time!

On Friday, we had a short bus trip to San Bernadino, located about an hour south of Los Angeles. It is situated in a desert valley, and it was a bit surreal to be in summer weather a week before Christmas! Nevertheless, this week marked the beginning of Secret Santa! Most of the company drew names last week and spent this week leaving poetic clues and little gifts for their Secret Santa all over the venues. Many of the troupe have to wear silly getups and perform crazy tasks before shows so they can receive a present from their Santa. I’m enjoying all of the hubbub it’s created within the cast, and would like to tell my Secret Santa, if you are reading this, that you’re fabulous!

Christina McGrath and Marcus Maloney performing a task for their Secret Santa in San Bernadino.

Myself, Meghan Lucey, lead Liam Ayres and Patrick Barnett convincing Santa we’ve been very nice this year!!

As split weeks tend to do, this one flew by. On Sunday, we said goodbye to keyboardist Brian Whelan who is going home to Dublin for the holidays and then back to school in Boston. Cathal Synott will be on board as keyboardist for the rest of tour. We also sent off Ciara-Lee Jenkinson, who will be home for the holidays and welcomed Jillian Farmer in her stead. This upcoming Monday we travel to the Claremont Resort in Berkeley, California for a week of shows in San Francisco…and for Christmas!! Until then, wishing you luck for any last minute holiday preparations!

See you next week….


Jim edwards
December 24, 2009

Went to your show tonight in san Fransisco with my daughter and wife. It was the 1st time and we loved it. It was one of the most amazing things I ever saw. I wish u guys were not quiting
good luck though. You were all to great

Jim Edwards

Michael Levin
December 30, 2009

To Laura and the Cast of Riverdance:

I am so enthralled with Riverdance (after first watching it on TV, I saw live performances here in San Francisco in 1999 & 2001) that I attended not one, but two performances during your farewell appearance in SF, on Dec. 24 & Dec. 27. Since the cast would be totally different from that of 1999 & 2001, I was wondering if the show would be as good as those were–well, it was better than ever, with Melissa Convery dancing lead with Craig Ashurst on the 24th and w/Liam Ayres on the 27th–all of you were absolutely spellbinding, as were all of the dancers, Laura’s exquisite singing…if I go on with this I’ll be naming the whole Boyne cast, so I’ll just say everyone was spectacular! And thank you, Melissa, for being kind enough to step out of the bus that was about to take you all away, to pose for a picture with me–my family was suitably impressed!

Somehow, I’ll have to learn to live without ever seeing another live Riverdance performance…it won’t be easy. Thanks to you and everyone connected with the show, best of luck, and Happy New Year!

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