Backstage Travels

All the world's a stage…

Identify yourself.

One thing I cannot get used to is having to wear my name tag every time I step out of my cabin. I keep forgetting, and sometimes I don’t want to put a pin though my clothes. I’m especially forgetful when I’m just running up to grab food from the crew mess. And during the shows I have to take off my name tag, so it doesn’t fall off on stage while I’m working.

And the ID cards are required for entering and leaving the ship, getting paychecks and portmanning.

The last ID I just got was my Pryotechnics card! Level 3 or something. It’s pretty cool.

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First week – 2 cruises

First week – 2 cruises

There is definitely a steep learning curve. Of course I have the boat drills and safety briefings, but I’m worried that I’ll never get the shows. Everyone keeps saying that I’ll be fine. I can’t hear that phrase without cringing anymore. And I’m sure I’ll say the same thing to the person who replaces me in so many months. Frank has been saying it for like 3 months.
I have 4 pages of typed notes for each of the two main shows, plus hand-written notes in the margins for myself. Each one is about an hour long, and I’ve been watching the videos of them as much as I can. Sometimes I refer to my notes and try to imagine what I’m doing during each number. Sometimes, I do something different (like working on my swap project/Chrismakkah presents) while I just listen to the music, so I can know what songs there are and when they happen.
One of the shows is fairly steady in terms of cues per section. The other has waves of business. So I can rest for like 2 minutes at a time, doing just one or two cues, but then I’m scrambling for about 45 seconds getting 11 or 12 cues done.
With all the rehearsals, safety trainings, and other random stuff I’m required to do as a recent sign-on, I hadn’t been able to get off the ship since Cozumel, even though we stopped back in Miami and Nassau. In Miami, we had a couple weddings on board. It was pretty, and I’m sure the price is good, considering the honeymoon is pretty much included, and the ship provides for the reception and everything. I don’t know though…I don’t think, after seeing one, that I’d want a wedding aboard a cruise ship. Probably especially after working on one.
I hope I’ll learn everything quickly, so that I can start enjoying The ship and ports properly.

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