Hi y’all! It’s your very own Glinda, Rachel Womble, writing to you from the last leg of the North American tour of The Wizard of Oz! We may be coming to a close, but in my mind we are just getting to the best part, TEXAS!
Since I’m from the Lone Star State, Texas is the place I have been the most excited to play, but we have been to some pretty amazing locales already.
Travelling to these new cities and seeing the sites is one of the best parts about being on the road. Despite our busy schedule of eight shows a week, we try to find the best of what each city has to offer. Here is a look at some of our adventures!
Early on in the tour we were fortunate enough to spend three weeks travelling through Canada. In Ottawa, their nation’s capital, we had so much fun playing in the snow, exploring parliament, and eating delicious Canadian treats! My favorite thing was a pastry called a Beaver Tail; yummy fried dough with toppings like chocolate, Nutella, lemon and cinnamon sugar. They were truly a Canadian delicacy!
Beaver Tails weren’t our only culinary adventure. We also tried different local restaurants in every city with our “nunderstudy club.” Each week our wonderful understudies would have rehearsal so they could be ready at the slightest notice. Those of us who didn’t attend those rehearsals decided to start a club and enjoy some extra exploring of the local cuisine. Those lunches always had lots of fun conversation and ended with some local ice cream!
(Nunderstudy club meeting+A little too much sunshine=This silly photo :))
Trying new foods was fun, but it was not our only new experience. We climbed a waterfall in the rain in Portland, hiked through caves in California, and rode segways in Washington DC. We shopped in Boston’s Fanueil Hall, saw the animals in San Diego’s amazing zoo, and enjoyed the view at Niagra Falls.
All of these experiences were wonderful new adventures, but the truth is that there really is no place like home. Those of us who call Texas home could not wait to make it to this part of the tour.
We arrived last week with pit stops at Bucee’s and as much Tex-Mex as we can handle! It is such a dream come true to play these Texas stages where many of us grew up attending shows.
For me, that stage will be Bass Performance Hall. I have been looking forward to bringing our wonderful show about the importance of cherishing where you came from, and embracing who you are, to the place that shaped me growing up! I can’t wait to see you all next week when “There’s no place like home,” will be more meaningful to me than in any other city! See you soon, Fort Worth!!