Here we go…

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.

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7 Responses to Here we go…

  1. DJG says:

    I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures.
    A little worry is good and keeps you prepared, but too much worry can be exhausting. Maybe bring along a yoga video to do in the hotel room (assuming you’ll have a laptop or DVD player) or load some guided meditation audio files into your iPod. This can be just as much of a growth experience for you, as it will be for Sam.
    Dina G

  2. DJG says:

    “Somehow you’ll escape
    all that waiting and staying.
    You’ll find the bright places
    where Boom Bands are playing.”
    ― Dr. Seuss, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

  3. Beth Kozura says:

    Well, it might be safer to send the nanny with Sam and stay at home with the other kids (just kidding!). You will have a great time and I look forward to reading about your adventures.

  4. Adena says:

    Love it!! Can’t wait to read about the journey.

  5. Great Blog, Allison!!!! I can’t wait to read about your adventures with Sam in Addams Family Land!

  6. Allison-what are the chances that u will be coming to San Diego?? Pete and I would love to see you and “Pugsley” if you make it here! Cannot wait to hear all about your adventures and I am so excited for your son to have this opportunity!! Perhaps see if there is some support group for stage moms…..Honey boo boo’s mom might have a pointer or two! Ha! XOXO. Pete and Denise+ kids!

  7. My Mother in law Donnie has season tickets to the theatre in Syracuse where Sam is going Addams Family. She’s here visiting us right now and would like to invite you and Sam to stay with her when he’s performing. She’s also a lawyer 🙂

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