Oh, hey, I'm alive and writing a blog post! Huzzah!
Big has been over for a while now. It was a huge learning experience for me, and I feel good about my performance. It actually made me appreciate being in the ensemble as well, because it is a heck of a lot less stressful! But it was a great time. Currently I'm in Valley Center Playhouse's production of The Pirates of Penzance, which is one of my all-time favorite shows. I grew up watching this movie on roadtrips, and I stand by my belief that it is the funniest show ever written. Pirates + Angela Lansbury + Gilbert and Sullivan = one very happy Rebecca
I'm playing Kate, one of General Stanley's daughters. It's a fun time, I especially love my fellow daughters.
I went to Florida last week with two of my sisters, Bethany and Julia, fulfilling a dream that we've had for years: to go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. It was AMAZING. Hogwarts just.....yeah, I'm in love. The employees were all in wizarding outfits (not just Gryffindor, to my delight) and Butterbeer is delicious and it was a wonderful experience. I am a Ravenclaw and proud of it! I stalked handsome men in the two-hour line for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (which was a totally awesome rollercoaster that I loved) and only got mildly sunburned. Winning!
We also went to Gatorland, where I saw more alligators then I've seen in my entire life ever okay. It was a little bit frightening....they were cold and didn't move much, but when they did you could tell that "Yeah, this thing could kill me without even thinking about it."
Our bus driver on the shuttle to Universal, Terry, was THE happiest person I've ever met in my entire life, bar none. I am not exaggerating. His enthusiasm never flagged. We sang "Wheels on the Bus" every day, and he honked the horn as we drove down the freeway, probably causing motorists to wonder what this bus's problem was. "B FOR BEST!"
The last thing we did before flying back to Salt Lake was Pirate's Dinner Adventure. I CANNOT SAY HOW AWESOME THIS WAS. If you know me well, you know that I am completely, one-hundred percent, absolutely obsessed with pirates. I have been since I was very young. I don't know where it came from, but it is here to stay. So to eat dinner while pirates participated in singing, sword-fighting, and generally being pirates all around me was another dream come true.
There was a lot of drama trying to get home, and we ended up getting the three of us on two stand-by flights in a row, but we finally got back to Utah. I wouldn't live in Florida, but it sure was nice to visit. I've never traveled that far in my life, and now I'm thinking I should start planning another trip. One of these days it'll be Europe, although probably not for a while.
Harry Potter and pirates are two of my favorite things in the entire world, and my sisters rank even before those. So to combine all of it together into a vacation of legitness was just what I needed. I've been running non-stop since August and I really needed a week of relaxation and no deadlines. C: