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Brooklyn Week 2, Yeshiva Show and Easter

Monday wasn't a train run, but a much appreciated day off.
And then we had 16 shows in 6 days. (that's a lot.)
Congrats to everyone for making it through this CRAZY week!!!

The weekday shows were late splits: 2pm and 7pm start times.
This was great because the commute to Brooklyn was very long, sometimes up to 1 1/2 hours.
The later shows gave some of us time to rest up.

Even so, many people still had to work HARD, staying late and getting up early.
For some the best option was to sleep at the arena.
I didn't sleep over, but did do my dishes at work to save time :P

The break between the 2 and 7 shows was also longer than usual,
so on weekdays there was a little time to walk around near the arena.
The Atlantic Center Mall is the big draw, but there are lots of cute restaurants and houses around too.

Brooklyn brownstones:

On Thursday around noon we did the Yeshiva show.
THIS REVIEW does a great job of covering all the changes we made to accommodate the Yeshiva beliefs.
As a female, I can say it was a very interesting experience!

Our women were not allowed to perform, because Yeshiva women do not sing or dance. Women working on the floor and even backstage (I think there were four) had to wear full-body black jumpsuits and black hats.
The production women walked around in their normal black shirts and pants,
and I was allowed to wear the band costume as normal and keep my hair the same.
I was also moved to the inside of the portal (that's where I had been last year anyway).

No photos of the show or the audience were allowed. Sorry!

The music was changed too; female vocals were removed and some different songs were used.
Since only boys were allowed to perform, some of the acts (Cannon and Dog Acts) were cut,
and the rest were modified.

We did the first half of our show, then the Yeshiva Boys Choir did several numbers and traditional songs.
They did a great job, and they were very enthusiastic :)
Then we played the second half, and after that the show went on for another hour
while more singing groups performed and Uncle Moishy did a few numbers.
The arena was packed...about 14,000 seats filled!

As one of few women who was visible during the show, I was a little self-conscious
and nervous, but there was no need to be. Mostly I just had to be careful not to 'dance'
(nothing I do could be called dancing anyway, haha).
It was a fun and interesting change from our usual shows. I was glad to be a part of it!

On Saturday I got a little surprise at the 3pm show!
A young Circus Fan came up to me before the show (I was 'hiding' in the audience)
and said he enjoyed reading my blog! I should have asked his name, but by the time I'd
gotten over being surprised he had gone back to his seat.
That really made my day! Thank you for reading! :D

On Sunday we celebrated Easter as best we could between shows.
Lots of treats were floating around, for the holiday and just because :)
Tom (keys) brought in FANTASTIC cookies from Levain Bakery!

I had the chocolate chip walnut. (click link for pics)

Brett (bandmaster)'s wife Theresa also brought us 'band cookies'!

Chocolate chip cookie dough with peanut butter chips, marshmallows, and caramel.

And Gerome (bass) brought in muffins from Blue Sky Bakery to celebrate Slick Sunday!

(Slick Sunday = a band tradition that occurs when we stay in a city through Monday)

...and let's not forget bread!
While walking through Penn Station every day, I couldn't help but gravitate toward
Hot & Crusty's bread display:


The challah looked delicious...I had to get some!

It's flaky, light and sweet, slices well, and tears like a croissant.
It's shiny because it's been brushed with egg whites.

They had plain, sesame, poppyseed, and raisin (I got raisin).
So many delicious carbs! I might be fat the next time you see me ;D

Enough about treats! There were Easter activities for the circus kids this weekend.

April (clown) was a great Easter Bunny!

(photo courtesy April)

Easter is a special holiday, but on a personal note it's special to me because it reminds me of my Mom.
She was very religious, and loved this holiday especially.
I remember hearing her come into my room on Easter morning, and pretending to be asleep.
She'd sit on the edge of my bed and gently rub my shoulder  or touch me on the cheek to wake me up.
It's just a wonderful memory that I treasure every Easter :)

The rest of the week went smoothly, because everyone gave it their all.
Floor crew, animal crew, techs, performers, production...
we made it an awesome two weeks!! WE SURVIVED BROOKLYN!!

Here are some of the 'extra' promotional events that took place while we were here:

Martha Stewart attended a show and blogged about it.

Our human cannon, Elliana Grace, gave an in-depth interview with NPR.

My boss was interviewed for The Trentonian!

Built To Amaze! was featured in Vol. II-3 of Spectacle Magazine.

There was also an appearance on Fox and Friends.
That link will come in the next post I hope.

Busy week. It's been fun Brooklyn...but SO glad it's over!
Now we can enjoy several days of rest on the moving train :)

In closing, a video of the Cupid Shuffle, another circus tradition
that takes place prior to the last show before load out.

Next stop, Ohio!


( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 3rd, 2013 04:09 am (UTC)
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I've been trying to catch up on all your posts for last year. Great stuff - thanks for posting and blogging.
Anthony Cecena
Apr. 3rd, 2013 02:14 pm (UTC)
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Glad you like it! Thank you :)
May. 21st, 2013 03:06 pm (UTC)
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Hope all is well and that you're doing great plus having a lot of fun.

The Red Tour pulls into San Diego doing four days of performances.

Thu August 8 7:00PM
Fri August 9 11:00AM, 7:00PM
Sat August 10 11:00AM, 3:00PM, 7:00PM
Sun August 11 1:30PM, 5:30PM

If you would like to get away to see any of the city/county od San Diego locales, museums, or even just to get to one of local Whole Foods markets. Let me know. I can give you a tour and transportation on any day you have a break in your schedule.

I'll send you my ph and contact info via a PM on the TTF.


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