Tour: Saratoga Springs

Dear Constant Reader,

This past weekend we took A (Re)Movable Feast to Saratoga Springs, NY. Why there? It’s the home of April March, The First Lady of Burlesque, and it was her birthday weekend. She graciously agreed to be our special guest star.

We arrived at the venue and found this:

It was an old church and it is just as cavernous as it looks. The stage was probably about 4 feet high and the hall could have easily sat 700 people. Our intimate show was going to be lost in the vastness. Add to that, the dressing room was on the other side of the building and down a narrow and twisty set of stairs.

Fortunately, there was a rehearsal hall downstairs, which looked like this:

When we got done with it, it looked like this:

We brought in all of that gear ourselves. Okay, not the chairs; we rented those. But the lighting and sound equipment, the pipe & drape, the tables & cloths, and, of course, our costumes, set pieces, & props. Your Kickstarter dollars at work.

And we set it all up ourselves. There are no divas (not even me) amongst the Boston Babydolls during load in and strike. We were on a tight schedule Friday afternoon. We started around lunchtime and finished with just enough time to rehearse the show. I think rehearsal ended literally minutes before the house opened. Everyone worked hard to turn that bare hall into a theatre.

We had a great time performing with our special guests BettySioux Tailor, Mimi Mischief, and of course, April March. There was also shopping, drinking, and museum going, but that’s a missive for another time. I have a lot to do before The Dollhouse tonight!

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