Sunday, March 24, 2013

Revue-2013--Part 2

Need to keep the momentum going here.  If I let it go on then it gets more difficult.  Why??  I do not know. 

Now it is time for the performance.  The anticipation could be cut with a knife  It was that evident. Our dressing room is not fancy, not private.  It is the kitchen and a small back room that is connected.  I kind of like it that way.  We each have our own "spot."  Costumes are brought in.  Hanging devices are shared. 

 Sharon bringing in all of her costumes.  She is so much fun.  Loves to talk.  And she takes care of others in a way that she is not even aware of. 
 Glenda and Linda.  I often think while watching these two dance=="Boy!! I wish I could dance like them?"  They have it.  I mean the moves, the charisma, the stage presence and every thing else that goes along with dancing.  They are awesome.  And I am not the only one that thinks that.  When I grow up I want to be like them. 
 Now we are sitting around in costume waiting for the curtain call.  This is fun.  Everybody having a good time.  Somewhat relaxed.  Vickie is sitting, Sandy, Sharon and Ruthie.  All dressed and ready to go for Military Medley--the opening number.  After this dance there is not that much sitting around.  It is quick costume changes.  Costumes get jerked off and thrown.  Another costume gets yanked on.  When it is a fast change you really do not know if you are really all put together or not.  You just go out on stage and hope for the best.  Those that do not have fast changes are helping the others.  It is chaotic and stressful..  I know.  I had three fast changes.  First half of show was great for me.  I was in one dance.  Second half was ridiculously crazy.  During first half I watched and helped others with the wild and craziness of changing.
 These are our "Newbies"  They are not in costume yet.  Oh!!  How very proud they made us!!  They worked so hard on their dance "Pennsylvania 6-5000."  They were awesome!!
 Dixie and Sharon.  Need to talk about Dixie.  You have heard the saying that when somebody does quit or decide to move on that they will hardly be missed.  Like taking your hand out of a bucket of water and it doesn't matter if it removed because the water just fills in.  This is not true of our Dixie.  I know the Sunsationals would survive and all that but not really sure who would if anybody could take her place.  She is the one that writes down all of our steps as Stephanie teaches them.  Then they get published via email and on the web site.  There are no words to tell you how much that helps me.  I am comfortable saying I probably could not do it without this.  She also is somewhat feared by many.  It is because she does not mince words. She will tell it like it is.  Those of us that know her well know she only wants the best for us and she demands the best in us.  You really need to learn not to take her personally.  I really like it when she tells me what I am doing wrong and what I need to improve.  She is our Dixie and I really like and enjoy her  in more ways than one.                      

 Diana was on the costume committee with me and she went above and beyond.  If we would have had to pay someone for the work and time she put in we would be broke.  She is such a joy to be around.  Karen.  She got tossed into this dance at the beginning of the year.  Now it needs to be said that the rest of us had worked on it the whole year before.  She came in as a Newbie.  Because she had some experience she agreed to fill in because someone had to drop out.  She really stepped up to the plate.  Learned the dance and did a heck of a job with it. 
 Joyce,  Our awesome Master of Ceremonies.  She takes the theme, researches it and runs with it.  She told me she really likes the creative process of all of it.  She is awesome to say the least.  It is one of those things where it really can't explain it.  She just really has it.  You need to see her in action to appreciate it.  Nancy.  She is another one that I so often watch as she dances and wish I could do it like she does.  She gives me something to strive for.  Yep--she is another one that I would like to be like when I grow up.
 Diana, Vickie and Ruthie who is 86 years old.  If she is not an inspiration I don't know who is.
 Here we are--third group out in Military Medley.  We danced to Anchors Away and also the Marine Hymn. 
 Alicia - our fearless leader.  Our president.  Her passion for dancing and the Sunsationals is hard to beat.  And then there is me--Vice President.
 President, Master of Ceremonies and Vice President
Alicia and Linda battling for a look in the one of only three mirrors we had.  Love these costumes.

Now that things have sort of died down I have had time to reflect on all of this.  I think I have thought about everything once or twice in my head. Some of it I would have done different.  But most of it was so very good.  Regrets??  Maybe one or two.  Did I learn something?  Oh yes! 


  1. Oh, Pat. I love this post! You really captured the personalities of these, your dance partners. I love all the photos! Everyone of you looks marvelous! This is such a perfect organization for you, and I know you will do a great job as president next year. I would like to be the first to reserve a room in your condo for the 2015 Sunsationals show.

  2. I loved the post also. It's the behind the scenes stuff that your audience never knows about. The true friendships and seeing those people in a totally different way. That is one of the things I like about my chorus. Getting to know each one and what they are the best at. And like you, I sit back and wish I were more like some of them.
    I, too would like to place my reservation for the 2015 show. Absolutely loved it!