Backstage Travels

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Why my ship is like Hogwarts

I have noticed several things that parallel the magic castle from the Harry Potter universe known as Hogwarts, and it makes me smile. My friends accuse me of making a very feeble argument, but here’s what I’ve got:

1.) We have to walk through a special curtain (secret tapestry) to get to our rooms.

2.) We have secret doors that look like the walls:


Plus, most of these doors lead to secret passageways throughout the ship.

3.) In our atrium, we have a glass ceiling that opens up to the sky…or perhaps an enchanted ceiling??

4.) I have a transforming set of stairs and moving floor at my disposal in the theatre. We couldn’t decide if taking a picture of the stairs would be allowed due to copyright law. And the moving floor is just a circle till it moves. Just believe me on this one.

5.) Pretty much every day that we open our doors or windows, they open up somewhere different. Like the Room of Requirement in the last book for Neville secretly living in it.

6.) When I come back to the room after working even for like 20 minutes, my bed is made and we have fresh towels. Room stewards or HOUSE ELVES??
On top of all of this, my first week I experienced elation at finding my theatre from my room without getting lost, which paralleled immensely with the described delight experienced by Harry and Ron when they first found their class without getting lost in their first week at Hogwarts.


And that’s why working on a ship is like living at Hogwarts.



A right pain in the…



I bruised it at some point. It’s a pain to bend over, pick something up, or cough…all of which I’ve been doing a lot recently.


Meanwhile, we had a special cruise chartered by a company called BlueStar. They sell sales technologies. The talks and workshops were fairly boring. The set up started out quite hectic. We were given information as we went, and as a tech team we rose to each occasion. It’s been a long three days, but they seemed to like us in the end.

Also, I was asked to make a schedule and color code it. I color coded the shit out of it:

It didn’t print out very well in black and white


The new cast is very nearly ready, so there shouldn’t be very many more rehearsals that I have to attend. That means I’ll finally be able to enjoy the ports more often.

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Sick Sickly….

I’ve been pretty sick for the past week and a half. I should have been taken off of duties, but anyone who knows me at all knows that I try to avoid that as much as possible.
It’s tough being sick on a ship. You’re in such close quarters with everyone, especially your roommate. And our vents are covered in dust. Luckily I don’t deal with guests very much. One, because then I don’t give them the plague, and two, they don’t give me anything else.

No shows were cancelled, though my sick brain did check out during one show, and it was really close to having to call a show stop.

I’m better now, and its really nice to get off the ship and breathe some fresh air.

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