Our last show in Spain was also in the largest venue – The Kursaal in San Sebastian. San Sebastian is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Situated where the Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the river come together, it is separated from France by only a bridge. The Kursaal is located right on the beach – literally. This is the view out of one of the lobby windows!
We started the day by meeting Pedro with the truck full of our gear. The crew unloaded while several of us worked on hanging the lights and scenery. Everything moved along very well and much of the set up was complete before we took the 2pm lunch break.
After lunch, we had a few minutes to relax before the crew returned. This gave everyone the chance to check their email and send a few. I captured this picture while all of our guys were busy on their iPhones.
Once the crew returned, we finished the rest of the focus of the lights, checked audio, tweaked the cues, and did microphone checks with Elena and I. With Elena’s help, Keith also did a rehearsal with Juan on the fly rail.
Doors opened promptly at 6:30pm for the 7pm performance. The audience came from all around the area, including Southern France. I was sad that this was the last show in Spain. Elena and I were now completely in-sync with the dialogue and translation, to the point that we could add a bit of improvisational humor to the mix. This audience was very playful. I enjoyed performing here so much. It was the perfect place to end our time in Spain – a great audience in a beautiful theatre on the ocean and the sea.
After the show, it was sad to say good-bye to Ander and Elena. After spending so much time with them, we had become fast friends. I know we will see them again but saying good-bye is never easy.
This morning, I had a very nice meeting with Mr. Serrano and Josune. I know this is the beginning of a great relationship – personally and professionally – with these two people. This is us with Josune – next time I’ll get a picture with Mr. Serrano too!
We are already exploring a return visit to Spain in December 2013. These last 10 days have been amazing in so many ways – an unforgettable experience!
Ander loaded all of our bags into the van and took us to the Bilbao airport. We boarded our Iberia flight to Barcelona and then on to Milan. Once we arrived in Milan, Beppe, our driver for the Italy leg of the tour, met us at the airport. We loaded up the suitcases again and started the 2.5 hour drive to Imperia.
We are checked into a quaint hotel called the MIRAMARE that is situated on the marina of the Mediterranean Sea. Tomorrow is our first show in Italy at the Teatro Cavour Imperia….I’ll keep you posted!