Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Backstage at the Ball

We have a troupe rule that our performers need to make eye contact with me by call time, so that I know everyone is here and getting ready for the show. All the dancers had checked in, except our one chronic late-timer, so I called his cell phone.

He answered, “Hi Lady M, I’m in the parking lot. The Hyatt, right?”

Yes, that would indeed be the place we’re performing. The same place we’ve had this gig every year for the last uncountable years. Lady O pointed out that it was better than him saying, “The Sheraton, right?”

I’d gotten one set of shirts for the girls, trendy black numbers with dangerous necklines from Target, but Costume Conspirator and I had found dressier shirts with a sparkly rhinestone band, and we decided to go with those instead. I was planning to return the first set, but the Lara and the girls liked them so much that most bought one from me to wear for their personal lives. I’ve never felt like I had a good grip on fashion, so it was pleasing to have picked well.

I enjoyed having a gig that didn’t require hauling big poufy petticoats and heavy garment bags, but the relatively simple outfits had a few issues too. For instance, the wigs are certainly attention getters, but we’re pretty glad to take them off when the dance is done. They make your head really hot and itchy. The necklaces posed more of a memory challenge. Costume Conspirator is notorious for forgetting things, so she wore hers all day, to make sure she’d have it at showtime.

Our next performance is likely to be vintage – Victorian era - so we’ll be back to being lady-like.

13 comments:

Mamacita Tina said...

I can't imagine wearing wigs while dancing, sweaty, but they look great. And you guys are having so much fun!

tt said...

I like the tops.

wayabetty said...

WOW! You ladies looked great in that top, even the wigs too!

Jenny said...

You are the coolest girl I know.

Gorgeous!

Mayberry said...

So fun--I hope someday I get the chance to see you perform! (Or maybe on video. Hint.)

Suzanne said...

Oooh, Mayberry said it first! I was thinking the same thing -- I'd love to see a video someday.

Lara said...

hahahaha - you know what's hilarious? i always read your blog in the morning at school, and guess what i'm wearing today while reading? the non-sparkly black shirt i bought from you and my K necklace (the one i forgot at the ball - oops!). excellent timing on the post! ;)

and i remarked to several people that i was excited to be attending my first ball sans petticoats. i felt so much lighter!

Bones said...

Can I borrow those wigs when you're done? They might help me get more street-cred at work.

YF said...

looks very fun - and very well dressed! must be really wonderful performing dance. echo comments on desire for video or notification and location... :-)

tali said...

It's great to see those pictures! This was probably the most fun costume I've ever performed in =) And the "bling" was a great touch too. Thanks for having me along for the ride. =)

min said...

Wooo-Hoooo! You are HOT, Mama! You make me feel like dancing!

ewe are here said...

What a fun thing to be doing!

Reminds me I need to find a bit of a life for myself after this pg.

Lady M said...

Thanks for all the kind notes! We're going to need to get some video posted. :) Plus we'll be performing a bunch of numbers at the end of May, so we'll keep you posted.