The past couple of days have been a break from vacation as we’ve been helping out with the Georgia All-State show In the Heights. One of our upcoming seniors was in the show and we were asked to help out with the set.
We spent a week last summer building the set, several weekends throughout the year helping with finishing touches, set assembly/disassembly and for the performance at the state Thespian Convention. Now, we are in Lincoln to do it all one last time for the International Thespian Convention.
We unloaded set on Friday afternoon and assembled the set on stage Saturday afternoon. Then the kids had two performances back-to-back Saturday night. We then disassembled the set and reloaded it back onto the trailer. We didn’t get back to the dorms until almost 2 a.m., so it was a long day! Both performances went really well and the kids had a blast, so that makes it worth it!
The festival is a week-long conference held at the University of Nebraska. Kids stay in dorms. Official chaperones also stay in dorms. Yes, we’re talking the traditional bathroom down the hall kind of dorms.
Thankfully, they have separate housing for the “support staff,” the folks that are only here for a couple of nights, like us. We get the fancy, suite-style dorms… one living room/kitchen/bathroom for four people, with two bedrooms.
Other than the fact that the beds were really uncomfortable and were two twin beds, the accommodations actually weren’t bad, especially since there were just two of us in our suite. We got free meals in the campus cafeteria. Food was ok. Nothing to get excited about, but decent options. And we didn’t pay for it, so that’s always good.
Now, we continue our journey west to see more sites!