Friday, January 28, 2011

More pics from New Zealand... land of the kiwi.

New and upcoming...

Hmm... where to start. I got censored last time by the big mama. Had to delete some of my rantings. Guess freedom of speech is not free after all. No worries, Mom. Momma always knows best, and it would have turned around and bit me in the behind eventually. In other news, we are losing one of our cast members, but because of the whole censorship thing, I cannot comment on any of it. Let's just say the person who is leaving is going with all the best that she deserves. There, I've said too much. But there is another good lesson to be learned there.

Okay, that aside, we had an interesting cruise. Our senior production manager up and left, so we had some issues with the Shimmy show. Had to cancel it for two nights and then cram it in at the end of the cruise. So we got our new PM, and he is awesome. The shows were ranked in the top of the Sun Class ships... kudos to Leanne and the rest of the cast minus one.

Did some really cool tours. Again, thought of my niece, Gaby, while I was watching the penguins at one of the tours in Auckland... it was awesome. Pics are here, too. The new camera is being a bit of a challenge... it doesn't like to focus on things close up... working on our relationship there.

Enjoy the pics. Only a couple more cruises until Peggy comes on board, which will be cool. Looking forward to seeing her and getting some work done on our play.

Monday, January 10, 2011


So here I am yet again, in Christchurch, NZ. I love this town, even though there is not much stability here. Last time I was here, they were hit by a 4.9 magnitude aftershock. Every day is something new and exciting. Anyhow, this cruise has been rocky as well. We canceled our second show of Tribute the other night because of rough weather. We have to make it up tonight at 10pm. Not the best of times to be doing a single show, if you ask me.

I started and finished in one sitting Patti LuPone's memoirs. It was really fascinating. Lots of quotables concerning rehearsals, life on the road, etc. She seems like an interesting woman. I'd like to meet her before I die. Actually, I'd like her to be in a certain musical show I am working on. She would be PERFECT as the wife of the mayor.

I uploaded some pics from my camera over the last few weeks, and I will post them here. Not getting many comments, but I will post them anyway.

Seen any good movies lately? I sure haven't. I have missed just about everything that has come to the theatres. Our schedules are always weird. They either start before we can get off the ship, or they end too late to get back to the ship. I have yet to see Tron!

So enjoy the new pics. Please feel free to comment if you like.

Did I Mention that I royally screwed up the words to part of the Beach Boys medley in Tribute the other night? Oh man... I was a mess. I was SUPPOSED to sing "Well maybe if we wish and think and hope and pray it might come true, maybe then there wouldn't be a single thing that we couldn't do..." Instead, what came out what was "Well maybe if we wish and think and hope and pray it might come true, maybe then we wouldn't be doing all the things that we think that we are the things that we think we do..." or something like that. I have no idea how I got all the syllables into the phrase. Kudos to Deanna for not losing it totally, as I was singing right to her face. Tragic, I am. Sometimes.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

more pics from Christmas Cruise

Happy New Year!

Wow, what a cruise! Paul was here, and we had a good time. Relaxing. Did lots of tours. Missed two major ports because of natural disasters. Firstly, we missed Fjordland, which would have been really cool, except we had rough seas right out.... then on Christmas Eve, we had the 4.9 earthquake aftershock in Christchurch, so we were unable to go into town on that day. We were on a boat doing a wildlife cruise, which was awesome. Saw the rarest dolphins in the world. The Hector's Dolphins, and I have a video I will post when i get a better connection to upload it with. Aside from that, we did the Arataki Honey farm, and other assorted voyages across land and sea. Took tons of pictures, of course, and I will post some of the better ones. The glowworm grotto was amazing.... thought of my neice, Gaby the whole time, and I wish she could have seen it. Some day, I hope she gets all the way over to New Zealand to see the wonders, or at least the giant spiders and the glow worms. Enjoy the pics...

The crooked lighthouse is earthquake damage from the September Christchurch earthquake... the stained glass window is in the Te Papa museum in Wellington... where the mean lady in the wheelchair hit the child with her cane and then caused a scene. Not a fun tour, to say the least.