Being a part of Cirque Dreams "Holidaze" National Tour was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I was cast as a lead vocalist, the Ice Queen. It happened so quickly. I was called in one day for an audition, thrown into costumes, and the next day went off to New York City to rehearse with the other singers at Ripley-Grier Studios. I never would have imagined the incredible experience I was about to have!!! While in New York, I of course had to see as many Broadway shows as I could fit in my schedule! I landed tickets to see Phantom of the Opera and a 4th row center seat to "Hello, Dolly." Both were FABULOUS!!
A month after the music rehearsals, I met up with the rest of the cast in Providence, Rhode Island to start rehearsals for the production. Rehearsals were intense and a lot of work, but I met some of the most talented people from all over the world- and in 6 days we were ready for opening night at the Providence Performing Arts Center!!!
The costumes were just incredible! - so intricate, detailed, and flashy for the stage. And everyone who knows me knows that I LOVE sparkles and glitter! I was in heaven!! I even wore the most incredible crown as the Queen of the show.
On top of everything else, the best part was seeing some of the coolest places in the United States --like the White House in Washington, D.C., Amish Country in Lancaster, PA, and the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, TN! I even met and bought shoes from the beautiful Sarah Jessica Parker along the way in her boutique at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland-- another fabulous venue where we performed.
I was also picked up in a limousine and taken to the Channel 8 News Station in Washington, D.C. where I was interviewed on "Good Morning Washington." You can check the video out at the link below!
I was also featured on a blog, Family Finds Fun. You can check out the interview below as well!
We toured some of the nation's most beautiful theaters. One of my favorites was the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan. As soon as I stepped foot in that historic theater, I saw the names of SO MANY legends in the music industry. Frank Sinatra's name was signed dead center on the wall closest to the stage. BB King, Bette Midler, Elvis Presley, Whitney Houston, and Natalie Cole were just a handful of the thousands of names that filled the walls of the theater. I of course HAD to sign the wall before I left. I found the perfect spot on the first floor of the stairwell with one of the other vocalists in the show, Ally.
Not to mention, we were able to finish up the tour at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Ft. Lauderdale, where I am from. Diana Pombo from NBC's World of Dance opened the shows there. She was amazing and as sweet as can be!
It was there at the Broward Center that I grew up watching so many amazing performers who inspired me and showed me that it is possible to have a career doing what you love. I hope that I was able to inspire another little girl sitting in the audience who wants to be a singer just like me.
All in all, the experience of touring was amazing. I learned a lot about myself and a lot about other people. I made friendships from all around the world that will last a lifetime and I will always be grateful for the amazing experience. On to the next adventure!