Well I survived the Variety Show! It was fun, it was a great success and there were some really strange things that happened as well. The show runs for two nights, Friday and Saturday. The Friday night show was going along pretty well, we were more than halfway through, when the weather started getting really bad. I got a text from the State Police advising people to seek shelter due to high winds and heavy rain. Well, soon after that, I was in the dressing room getting ready for my next scene when I heard a loud whistling sound. I could also hear the weather outside. All of a sudden, the ceiling tiles sucked up into the ceiling and then came down and did it again. I heard people screaming and everyone was running about. I tried to calm the ones who were in the dressing room who were upset and then I went to see what had happened. A giant gust of wind had blown in the really big bay door and it hit a cast mate. By the time I got out there, about 25 men were holding the door in place and people were gathered around my friend who was hurt, they had already called 911. The winds had collapsed part of our stage and blown over the giant screens and the curtains on the wings. It was bizarre, scary and surreal. We had about 5 scenes to go, but were unable to finish the show that night, due to the shape of the stage and the cast members who were hurt. My friend (V) who was injured the worst, was released early the next morning from the hospital, she had a concussion and was very badly bruised. The other injuries were minor. V was unable to do the show on Saturday because of her injuries. But we put things back together and put on another show the next day. The storm did a lot of damage in town too. My neighbors had a tree on their house and we were without power for about 15 hours total. Crazy! Here is a picture of me and my partner Babs....we've been a regular in the show for about 10 years with this particular act, we are tacky lounge singers....so much fun.
|Babs & Tessie....in our Lounge Singer Outfits!|