It all started with a mouse…

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Saturday, 5 November

Rehearsal Day 1
Our first day was really fun!  First time meeting everyone, general information, facility tours, then on to assessments (basically, they evaluate us together as a cast based on skill, height, look, and sound to determine final roles, which we will find out at some later time… talk about anticipation!).  We started with dance, which normally would’ve intimidated me, but I actually enjoyed it, probably because I had the security of knowing I was already cast 😉 Later in the day we had a height evaluation (I was surprised to tie with one other girl as tallest girls in our cast), and then an acrobatic assessment!  We were taught some basics of Spanish web then each climbed up and down once, then progressed to climbing, securing ourselves in the safety loop, posing, and spinning.  I was pleasantly pleased to find that not only was I able to do it, I really enjoyed it!  We rounded out the day with some going over some music for the vocal assessments to come.  Errands with friends made a nice finish to the day 🙂

Sunday and Monday
Since our Dream 3 cast of 44 (singer/actors, dancers, and character performers) is rehearsing alongside the Fantasy 1’s cast of 44, we’re switching to 5 day work-weeks, instead of the usual 6.  Our days will be longer, but it should be nice to get 2 days off.  This weekend brought rest, unpacking, skyping, practicing, walking tours of the city, and getting to know people better 🙂

Living the Dream…

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Friday, 4 November

Leaving on a jet plane…
Overwhelming excitement, some nerves, sadness at saying goodbye to my husband, our kitties, and our comfortable life in a city we love… and general sleepiness – that’s what I felt as I left San Diego to come to Toronto for rehearsals for the Disney Dream cruise ship.

Pre-dawn at the San Diego airport is a busy time with long lines.  After dropping off my 2 gigantic bags and schlepping the rest of my stuff through security, I finally made it to my gate – feeling quite disheveled, as I always do when I haven’t gotten much sleep and am wearing my glasses.  Amidst gate checking my small carryon, I was relieved to meet a fellow cast mate!  In Minneapolis we connected with 3 other new friends and set off on our adventure.  We were welcomed to Canada by possibly the grumpiest customs official I’ve ever encountered (our Disney smiles did not help), retrieved our bags, and were eventually whisked away by a stereotypical taxi driver who brought us to our new home in Toronto’s Theatre District.  After hurriedly depositing my luggage and attempting to improve my appearance a bit with the addition of lipgloss and a thorough hair-brushing, I headed to our contract signing meeting.  Woohoo!