Happy January! Our first show in Kempten, Germany was a success! Below is my perspective during mic check on the Big Box Theater stage. We had approximately 500 tickets sold before the house opened, and the audience was clapping and stomping in all the right places!
My Big Box Theater Perspective
We had a lot of MJ fans who were wearing the “Beat It” jacket, and really dressing up for the show, which meant a lot to us.
Big Box 2
Here I am spanning time with Mic Thompson, the choreographer for The Ultimate Thriller. He was one of Michael Jackson’s first dancers and choreographers. You can find him all over YouTube, my favorite clip of him being one of the high energy dancers in the song, “Cuz I’m A Blonde” with Julie Brown in “Earth Girls Are Easy”! He upstages Jim Carrey at least twice!
Rodney and I are the two backup singers for the show. Rodney is such a blessing to this tour because he’s the man I go to to pray for everything! We pray over Tejai before he starts singing, we kneeled and prayed over the debut show in the theater before we started mic check, he prayed for us all in a circle before the show started. And I’m pretty sure he’s always got gospel music playing in his earphones on the bus, praisin’ Jesus! Thanks Rodney, for being a strong beacon of light for Christ!
After the show and our much-anticipated showers, our New Year’s Eve celebration was quite fabulous in Kempten, Germany. There were huge fireworks right over our heads, and lots of them! Most people had champagne, but I was totin’ my Diet Coke (Coke Lite) bottle around, just as happy as can be:) I took some fireworks video that I’ll try to share later. I turned in around 2AM, but the party next door was hoppin’ till about 5AM, and many of us didn’t get in until then. The bus drove off at 6AM to our next show town, Stadt Balingen, Germany.
I think because the German towns are so small, they don’t really have to come up with many creative names for their hotels, since there aren’t many nice ones per town…so…our hotel in Stadt Balingen is called, Hotel Stadt Balingen. There ya go! When we arrived New Year’s Day early morning, the ground was snowless, but by the next day (this morning), snow had fallen and we finally got our first cliche wintry German photo opportunities!
Here I am with my matching royal blue earmuffs (they match the streaks in my hair at least), at our first floor hallway window beholding the new-fallen snow. Me, two dancers (Shannon/Travis) and our sweet director (Doug) took a nice long walk around town.
Here’s a basic view of the long main road of town. The cathedral has a working bell that rang as I was taking this picture! The town still has their Santas, Christmas trees, and Christmas stars up all around. It was very comforting!
There were a few strange artistic pieces displayed on the main road, my favorite of which is below…All these people crossing their arms and looking up, almost frowning at whatever they see…maybe they’re disgruntled because they have no legs!!!…or Carl says maybe they’re just cold:)
Speaking of strange art, here’s a shop window advertising…cold weather clothing? The polar bear looks jealous of the over-joyous dancer showing off in the easy-to-move-in winter wear. Don’t worry polar bear…you’re pretty too:)
Before we headed back to the hotel, Director Doug treated us to a moccacino at a little cafe. Below is my commercial shot, enjoying the warm beverage.
Ah, so happy and moccacino-ish!
Now we’ve packed up our stuff and driven from the hotel, pretty much around the corner to tonight’s venue. More mic check pix from there in the next venue. Have a glorious January 2nd and God Bless you all!