May 17, 2013
NYGASP withdrawal: (noun) The process of ceasing to perform Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas with your dearest friends, resulting in a melancholy experience when a NYGASP tour comes to an end.
I know I speak for all of my colleagues when I say we are all suffering from this infliction as we settle back into our daily lives in the Big Apple. It’s always a little sad to trade fun filled days with our NYGASP family for the reality of NYC.
I think Ko-Ko, (pictured here in Carmel, CA) was a bit dejected as he realized this was his last show of this lovely tour.
(company member David Macaluso)
As I took my first steps at returning to ‘City Life’, I couldn’t help but want to procrastinate my ‘back to reality’ moments. I walked somewhat slower at first, rejecting the pace of the city. “Where are the glorious mountains? The palm trees? The beach at Carmel???Waaaaaaaa!!!!!”
(photo courtesy of Chris-Ian Sanchez)
SLAM!!!!! (Someone smacked against me in the subway) “Welp, I’m back!” I think… And little by little, I feel myself grateful for the life I do have here.
On my first trip to Starbucks on the Upper East side, I glance over at a gentleman’s coffee drink, and I see “Michael Jordan” written on his Starbucks cup. No, it wasn’t Michael Jordan. But it made me chuckle and feel somewhat better. :)
Most New Yorkers use Starbucks as a place to take a break during a hectic day…and then I remembered Central Park! Nature! Perfect!
So I decided to make a trip to Central park to ease the blow a bit, and write this final blog post.
I am so grateful that spring has finally sprung here, making this transition much easier! As I gaze around in Central Park, I vow to spend more time here this spring. Many of us felt very humbled on this tour as we experienced glorious beaches and mountain views from our tour bus windows. Nature has a kind of healing effect. I think we forget that here in NYC. Perhaps my NYGASP friends would like to have a picnic here this summer! Knowing my colleague Elisabeth Cernadas, she may just show up in her Mikado make-up!
Carmel was a perfect little town to round out our tour. Quinto Ott sent me this stage view from our last venue, the Sunset Center, where we received our final standing ovation.
This trip to Carmel was way too short. There was so much to see and do there from amazing restaurants, wine tastings, and art galleries. You could truly feel how supportive of the arts this community was. There was even a post show gala including women in authentic Japanese dress in honor of our performance of the Mikado!
For the second time, I stayed at the Hofsas house, a German inspired bed and breakfast.
(photos courtesy of Sarah Hutchison)
There are no traditional hotels in Carmel ala ‘Holiday Inn’. The little town is packed with charming little inns, each one more amazing than the next. NYGASPERS were spoiled with fabulous amenities such as wine and cheese hour, perfectly manicured court yards, and in-room cut glass carafes of brandy! These are the moments it’s all worth it, and you kind of get to feel like a star!
Groggy and tired, we met our 8am bus that took us to the San Jose airport, where we had a lovely last breakfast together before we departed for NYC. “I’m gonna miss you guys! When is our next performance?”
“It’s Wolftrap Theatre in Virginia!” someone replied.
And this is where we will be with each other once again, traveling, laughing, and hanging out around our road box backstage.
I am so proud to belong to this wonderful group of people! We are the “Vitality and Living Legacy of Gilbert and Sullivan”. This us our company’s mission, and I we will continue to deliver!! See ya in Virginia!
- Rebecca O’Sullivan