Hello to all,
I am a 40 year old, extremely anxious, 40 year old Jewish mom from Arizona (although born and raised in suburban Detroit); I have been working as a criminal defense attorney for the past 15 years (part time) and have 3 children; Sam, 11, Lauren, 9 and Aidan, 4. Sam has been involved in the theatre world since he was 4; I have no idea where it came from. Neither my husband and I sing or dance very well (although I am a Zumba queen in my own mind), so I assume he was switched at birth.
Sam has been doing professional theatre here in Arizona since he was 7, and this past May he sent in a video audition of himself for an open casting call for the National Tour of “The Addams Family Musical”. A few weeks later we were asked to come to New York and he was in the finals. I had no experience in any of this and was just wandering around New York wondering what I was I doing there and how I could fit in some shopping. The days of callbacks were scenes from “A Chorus Line” and I kept thinking it was a cool story to tell my grandkids.
We returned to Arizona and a few weeks later we got the call that he was Pugsley Addams. I had a few questions for the casting director, like, when does it leave, where does it go, how long is it for, and how did this happen? I was that clueless.
What I have since learned is we leave Jan. 1 for rehearsals in NYC and the show opens in Rochester, NY Feb. 6 and we travel through 50 cities until June 30. (it also included 2 months in Asia over the summer but I am way too anxious to go that far away or be in a scenario with food I don’t understand) And also I learned that he needs a guardian with him at all times. So, I took a 6 month leave from work, hired a shrink, lost 20 pounds, begged family members and friends to take a week or two and come join Sam on the road so that I could go home sometimes, and hired an extremely cute 19 year old au pair from Sweden named Carlotta to come stay with my husband and kids while I’m away.
So, if you are interested, or bored, or both, follow my adventures on this blog as I try to travel the country with one child, while going home to visit my other kids and my husband (who hopefully will not have left me for the nanny), all while being a person who 1) hates travel; 2)hates being on a plane or a bus; 3) gets claustrophobic in hotels 4) hates to be away from my kids for even 1 day.
Don’t worry, I’ve got a good sense of humor and a lot of prescription drugs to help me on my way. And don’t tell me that it’s an amazing opportunity for him and that we are such good parents to do this and blah blah blah… I have heard it all. I’m still stressed.