WARSAW PERFORMING ARTS CENTER – INDIANA
I started February with a very busy schedule and travel plan. We left Ada, OH and made our way to Warsaw, IN to perform at the new Warsaw Performing Arts Center. The day before the show, I had the privilege of teaching some of the students in the high school in a magic workshop. The following day, we moved the show into the Performing Arts Center…but when we arrived for load in, someone had tripped the fire alarm and the building was being evacuated!
Once the fire department gave the “all clear,” we were able to start loading in. The day moved along really well and I was happy with the way things looked on the stage.
Tickets sold very well for this performance, especially on a Thursday night! We had a huge crowd of families, students, young adults, and seniors – my favorite audience! The response to the show was very positive and I talked to hundreds of people in the lobby afterwards. It was a good way to start February!
FITTON CENTER FOR CREATIVE ARTS – OH
Immediately after we loaded out the show in Indiana, we made the four hour drive to Hamilton, OH. We finally checked into the hotel around 2am. The next day would start early with a morning workshop for the theatre students at the performing arts high school. I had a great time teaching them some magic and they entertained me with their improv presentations.
After the workshop, I walked back to the hotel and gathered the rest of the team. We brought over the truck to begin getting set up for the evening performance. This is a very different venue for us but we were able to customize a show that worked well in a very cool, intimate space. We had a sold out house and they turned so many people away the week prior to the show, during the day, and at the box office the night of the performance. The audience we did have was GREAT!!
VALENTINE THEATRE – OH
One more time, after the show in Hamilton we were back in the truck and driving up to Toledo. We arrived there around 1:30am, got checked into the hotel, and into the bed. I was excited to make this drive because the folks at the Valentine Theatre had made arrangements for me to do a show at Toledo Children’s Hospital on Saturday afternoon. How could I miss that opportunity!
Our performance at the Valentine Theatre was Sunday afternoon – Super Bowl Sunday! Thankfully it was a 4pm performance and the show would be over by 6pm so fans could see the kick off. We had a nearly sold out audience – packed house – of excited, energetic people. Once again, this was a very diverse audience of people of all ages. I love looking over audiences like this – and I loved watching this audience’s response to each illusion!
I also have to say the crew here (local IATSE 24) was amazing. We were loaded in and set up in record time! And it was a fun, enjoyable, relaxed day for everyone. It was the perfect day!
We loaded out the show, jumped back into the truck….and, yup, made the drive to Marion, OH….ah, life on the road!