Posts Tagged ‘Bloomington Center for the Arts’


Sunday, October 10th, 2010

We rolled into the loading dock right on time to begin our day at the Bloomington Center for the Arts (Illinois).  This is an incredible theatre built in 1921 but newly renovated just a few years ago with an investment of more than $15 million from the community.  It is a great theatre and retains the 1921 charm of the original decor.  I think they must know that most artists are “directionally challenged” so this is the first thing you see as you enter the stage door.

The crew here was ready for us when we arrived, load in went smoothly, and we were into our day of set up.  It was tough being inside for the day because the weather in Illinois right now is beautiful – 86 degrees, sunny, and a mild breeze.  How can you beat that in October?  Regardless, we stayed the course and got the show up and ready to go just in time for dinner.

I did have the chance to run outside mid-afternoon to click a couple of pictures of the front of the building – including the marquee and one of the large posters.

During the afternoon, we also had a couple of friends from Chicago stop in and spend some time – Steve Chezeday and Carol Hendrix.  It was great to see them and we even had a chance to hang out after the show at the local Steak-n-Shake.

Doors opened at 7pm and a nice crowd of people started to make their way to their seats.  I love audiences like this – all ages, from kids to college students to parents to senior citizens.  And they were a great audience too!  We had some lively volunteers on the stage who moved the show along and made it a lot of fun.

After the show, I made my way to the lobby to meet some of the members of the audience as they left the theatre.  This is one of my favorite times of the day!  I also had the chance to meet a family prior to the shows.  Art Petzel (also from the Chicago area) made the drive to Bloomington with his parents, siblings, and grandparents.  It was nice to meet them all.

Bloomington was a great experience for all of us.  Spending some time in the community working in the schools and with some of the adult day care clients set the tone for what was going to be an exceptional time.  The show was the icing on the cake!  Thank you Bloomington for all your support!


Friday, October 8th, 2010

I was up early this morning (along with Alan and Chase) to head over to do a 7:30am radio interview on WBMQ.  I had a great time with Susan on the air and we pulled off three or four segments.  After wrapping up that interview, Joel was able to get me into another station to do an recorded interview that will air throughout the day on the local news.

After radio, we drove through downtown Bloomington to stop at one of the local coffee joints.  This cafe was charming and quaint – and the coffee was delicious (as were the blackberry scones).  Next stop, Bloomington Junior High School where we worked with groups of 7th and 8th graders with the Hocus Focus project.  I so love working with these kids!  It is inspiring to see them come to life with a magic trick, stand up in front of their peers and perform, and relish the applause.

By the time we wrapped up at the Junior High, we were all ready for some lunch.  By this time, we were existing on caffeine!   Lunch at one of the local grilles was awesome (I had the BTL).  Our afternoon was spent at the Bromenn Adult Day Care Services with an amazing group of senior citizens.  Through the Healing of Magic program, they were able to learn a few tricks and meet their occupational and physical therapy objectives all at the same time.

We made it back to the hotel just in time to do a quick interview with one of the Paducah-area newspapers for our show next weekend.  I love being busy!