Suzy; a Season at Scottish! Post 9.
On the bus to Inverness we had to stop in Perth because of road closures and the snow! We waited only 15 minutes until we were on the move again, some of us not thinking we would actually reach our destination as we past fields of thick white snow!
I was very prepared and wore my wellies….but surprise surprise once we arrived in Inverness, there wasn’t a flake in sight - it didn’t even rain and I had to wear wellies all week - ah well!!
We stayed in a cute B&B which was taken over by company members – it was like sharing rooms again at boarding school! The owner was very kind and laid out fantastic breakfasts every morning. Inverness is a very quaint, picturesque place with the trees lining the river and fairy lights draped around their branches! We went out for dinner on that first night to a restaurant which had a lovely view over the river.
When we arrived at the theatre I immediately liked the stage, it was quite big and isn’t raked! The auditorium is quite modern and from the outside I thought if you removed the windows you could place the theatre building in the woods and it would look like a lovely cottage…much like what I picture the house to look like that Hansel & Gretel come across! There is also a cinema within the theatre nd I would definitely have gone if I had time, tickets were only £2!
Remi Andreoni debuted as the Prince this week, dancing on two occasions and big congratulations go out to him! He danced with Sophie Martin on both occasions and the Grand Pas was so lovely to watch and yes to begin with there may have been nerves (of course!), but it was not noticeable at all and he (and she) danced wonderfully! I think I have watched different casts perform the Grand Pas on all but maybe 5 occasions…it’s just really interesting and you can learn so much from watching different dancers all interpret the same choreography!
I think a major difference between school and company life is that there is no one there to tell you how your body should feel, so you have to decide what is best for you and get on with it. I feel I have learnt so much from having this contract and the company is so lovely, a really great bunch of people!
In each venue the dressing rooms of people vary depending on the size of the rooms but generally our changing room consists of Nicole, Sophie, Heather, Irene, Megan and me.
We have started the ‘complaints cup’ haha! Every time one of us moans or generally complains once we step inside the theatre building, we have to add 10p to the cup…oh and the occasional swear word! By the end of the tour when we are in Newcastle, we are using the money for celebratory drinks (yes it’s pretty much a win win situation!!)
Belfast has got to be my favourite tour venue so far…Newcastle has got quite a lot to live up to! Firstly our hotel was literally a hop, skip and a jump away from the theatre which meant slightly longer lie in before breakfast and class on stage. The dressing rooms were a good size and we had quite a bit of space to put out our skips and personal belongings!
A massive congrats to Lewis and Brenda for their debuts as Drosslmyer and Mouserink - both danced so well!
The theatre in Belfast was really pretty. There were little statues of elephants decorating the auditorium and the stage was a really good size - bonus! The audiences were amazing, so enthusiastic, and the theatre was always packed which is great! I can’t believe we have done over 40 performances, the time has gone by really quickly and it’s crazy that next week will be the last week of tour and where we hit performance 52!!
I was very lucky this week as well as I was cast as one of the Poppies! I was so excited to have a change and dance as a Poppy in the Waltz of the Flowers for the last three performances.
On the last show in Belfast, Laura Joffre did my make up (a much needed lesson in stage make up and some really helpful tips!) So thank you again Laura for doing it! What a difference it made!
We found so many great places while there - a delicious cupcake store (cupcakes are definitely my weakness!!) and two restaurants. One called Made in Belfast that I think was new to everyone where we went on Saturday night. The portions were huge and the food was so good! The other, Zen was an old favourite of the company’s. A japanese restaurant whose sushi was absolutely mouth watering (we ate there Friday night) and downstairs was turned into a dance area on Saturday night for everyone. Great fun!
I love the Irish accent and the people have been really friendly! I even got to try Tim Horton’s, a company famous in Canada that does coffees and has a bakery. My uncle who lives in Vancouver has brought me over mugs from there and is always telling me about it. It was worth the wait because the drinks are so yummy, especially their hot chocolate!
Next stop for The Nutcracker is Newcastle, I’m really looking forward to it! I hope anyone that’s coming enjoys it!