OPENING NIGHT

It’s finally here! Tonight is our opening night. The apartments have been abuzz all day and the cast has been primping and prepping. We are all excited.

Happy Opening Pal Joey

Preview #1

Tonight is our first preview! It’s always exciting to have an audience, but there is a different feeling when you are performing for a paying audience. There’s a bit more pressure and definitely more excitement. These folks came to see us put a show on, and here we go!

DAYS TO OPENING: 2 1/2

Here’s the second part of my Starbucks barista post! One of my absolute favorites was in when I went to grab coffee on Sunday, who I like to call Girl. She uses this word in every sentence when she chats with me and gets excited every time I walk in, greeting me with a “HEY GIRL! What can I get you girl? Here’s your drink girl. Come back and see us soon girl.”

She is fantastic, always smiling and in a good mood and willing to help me figure out my complicated receipt.

Remind me to post about Sunshine later once I finally taste one of his “Sunrises” as he calls them, a drink made of green tea and blueberries and peach syrup and orange juice. Interesting!

Well we made it through our 10/12’s!!! Obviously I was a bit tired at this point, but we are all excited for our coming day off and to sit and do nothing. The show is shaping up so well and we can not wait to get an audience in to see this monster!

Well we made it through our 10/12’s!!! Obviously I was a bit tired at this point, but we are all excited for our coming day off and to sit and do nothing. The show is shaping up so well and we can not wait to get an audience in to see this monster!

We are getting busy here at Pal Joey! I am so behind at all of the crazy and awesome things we have been doing.
I went to Stilo Salon Little Rock and got a haircut from an awesome stylist. My curls did not hold- Told you Casey!- but my hair looks and feels awesome, since I’ve been following his tips.
We went back to purple cow -of course- and we went to two different places that I want to mention. They are definitely owned by the same owner, as the menus look the same. Big Orange was the first one, great burgers fries and shakes. Our waitress Sara was hysterical, making us laugh the whole time. “Welcome to Arkansas. As you can see, most of us wear shoes and have teeth.”
Then we went on a stage management dinner with the PA’s at a place called Local Lime and ate some creative and delicious Mexican food - and AMAZING margaritas!!
We go into tech this week, and I know we are all ready to finally get onstage. Changes are always being made, but we are ready to deal with whatever comes up.
 So begins a new week of Pal Joey.

We are getting busy here at Pal Joey! I am so behind at all of the crazy and awesome things we have been doing.

I went to Stilo Salon Little Rock and got a haircut from an awesome stylist. My curls did not hold- Told you Casey!- but my hair looks and feels awesome, since I’ve been following his tips.

We went back to purple cow -of course- and we went to two different places that I want to mention. They are definitely owned by the same owner, as the menus look the same. Big Orange was the first one, great burgers fries and shakes. Our waitress Sara was hysterical, making us laugh the whole time. “Welcome to Arkansas. As you can see, most of us wear shoes and have teeth.”

Then we went on a stage management dinner with the PA’s at a place called Local Lime and ate some creative and delicious Mexican food - and AMAZING margaritas!!

We go into tech this week, and I know we are all ready to finally get onstage. Changes are always being made, but we are ready to deal with whatever comes up.

 So begins a new week of Pal Joey.

I missed yesterday’s post! That means two today.
We didn’t get a chance to leave the building except to go to the Subway next door to grab a quick drink, so we didn’t encounter anyone.
That’s why I am writing about a member of the company. Patrick is the book writer for Pal Joey and he is also a very generous man. We walked into subway only to find him purchasing lunch for a man that could not afford it. Instead of giving panhandlers money, he said he would rather buy them a whole meal, which he did twice!
Patrick is always smiling and joking and gave these two men a gift. Very admirable!
Thanks Patrick!

I missed yesterday’s post! That means two today.

We didn’t get a chance to leave the building except to go to the Subway next door to grab a quick drink, so we didn’t encounter anyone.

That’s why I am writing about a member of the company. Patrick is the book writer for Pal Joey and he is also a very generous man. We walked into subway only to find him purchasing lunch for a man that could not afford it. Instead of giving panhandlers money, he said he would rather buy them a whole meal, which he did twice!

Patrick is always smiling and joking and gave these two men a gift. Very admirable!

Thanks Patrick!

A true southern boy is the topic of today’s post. Nathan is the cute cashier that works at Tropical Smoothie Café which is similar to Jamba Juice, except they have more interesting options. We keep going back to this place because they are quick, healthy and so so friendly! The staff always says hi and asks how we are whenever we come in.

Nathan saw me after a run one day, sweaty and red faced and the first thing he said was “How much do you run? You look great.” Nice compliment considering I was gross in my mind. We chatted about running and how he can’t do more than two miles because he has “football knees”. Nathan’s accent is my favorite I have heard so far. He always recognizes us and jokes with me when I see him.

Thanks Nathan!

http://www.tropicalsmoothie.com/

First Day of Rehearsal!

Well, first day with the full cast. They are a pretty fun group, and today’s going to be a crazy day full of singing and dancing. Currently we are working on Vera’s music.

This is going to be a fun show and super busy backstage! My shift plot is currently at 8 pages!

Today’s post is part one of the Starbucks posts. I have been to so many Sbuck’s in my life, and these people are by far my favorite. Today we walked in to see the white women working, with big smiles and lots of laughs. Treat receipt is back, and they definitely let us know that! Our cashier made sure to remind us a few times, and she even gave me a free drink this morning. At noon, the main street (Broadway haha) is bustling with business people waiting in line at the many fast food places that line the road. I have never seen that many people lined up at a drive thru!
We showed up again at 2, to get our $2 drinks, as promoted. Apparently this is the thing to do in this town, as there was a huge line of people holding their receipts. I was excited to find the barista I call Sunshine (more about him at a later date.) and he smiled and acknowledged us.
It’s amazing to see baristas that do not hate their jobs. Every Sbucks I have been to in NY has people that seem like they don’t want to be there. These ladies always have a smile for us and manage to make us laugh.
Thanks ladies! 

Today’s post is part one of the Starbucks posts. I have been to so many Sbuck’s in my life, and these people are by far my favorite. Today we walked in to see the white women working, with big smiles and lots of laughs. Treat receipt is back, and they definitely let us know that! Our cashier made sure to remind us a few times, and she even gave me a free drink this morning. At noon, the main street (Broadway haha) is bustling with business people waiting in line at the many fast food places that line the road. I have never seen that many people lined up at a drive thru!

We showed up again at 2, to get our $2 drinks, as promoted. Apparently this is the thing to do in this town, as there was a huge line of people holding their receipts. I was excited to find the barista I call Sunshine (more about him at a later date.) and he smiled and acknowledged us.

It’s amazing to see baristas that do not hate their jobs. Every Sbucks I have been to in NY has people that seem like they don’t want to be there. These ladies always have a smile for us and manage to make us laugh.

Thanks ladies! 

What happens in Arkansas on Sunday?! Everyone disappears. There were maybe 3 cars on the main road at 10am. Then I passed the church and found the town of little rock. They take the Sabbath seriously here. They are not allowed to sell liquor on Sundays unless you have it at a restaurant, so the stores are all closed. Similar to Saturday, most of the places in town are closed, except for fast food.

I have never eaten southern barbeque, so when we had the time, Jessie and I decided to go find some. We heard about a place and drove all the way there, only to find out that it was basically McDonalds for BBQ. We kept looking and came across Shorty Smalls.

Walking in I am reminded of a southern Applebee’s. We are told to sit where we like and someone will come help us. Our waiter was named Tim and he was definitely southern born and bred. I lost track of how many times he said ya’ll. He was very accommodating and willing to chat with us.

Surprisingly we were in on the one night they weren’t busy (we were one of 4 tables) and I got my first taste. Delicious! They rang a loud bell half way through our meal and started shouting something. When we asked, Tim told us that they ring the bell for birthdays, holidays, specials, when the dumb waiter (They use this to bring food up to the 2nd floor of the restaurant) or just to annoy the waiters. Tim was a lot of fun and made sure to end our evening with “Ya’ll come back now.” 

Thanks Tim!

shortysmalls.com