At present, it is now ten days, seven hours, and forty minutes until I depart for Toronto, Canada where, for roughly two months, I will be rehearsing a main stage track for the Disney Cruise Line. As the clock continues its inexhaustible march toward Zero Hour, I confess my nerves are beginning to get the better of me. Between the length and breadth of the contract, I can confidently say that this is the largest undertaking in which I’ve partaken. That said, with each new piece of intel that hits my inbox, the excitement of my impending departure sets in more and more. Flight itinerary? ✔️ Passport? ✔️ Port of entry letter? ✔️ With each completed requirement, I feel closer and closer to my mission (if I choose to accept it).
Between the background check and medical clearance, the Disney vetting process feels rather like I’m signing on for government work. Life on the high seas, as it turns out, requires a bit more paperwork than life on the road. I’m looking forward to my follow-up MMR booster any day now! Already, I feel like I’ve done more prep for this cruise than I’ve done for all my previous tours combined. I don’t suppose, however, that they’re too keen on releasing lunatics amongst the guests of a small floating city. I can’t complain, though, because cruising has been something of a dream of mine since my friends and I treated ourselves to one as a graduation present (too many) years ago. And, given the rate of returnees to the program, I would think the myriad benefits of working a cruise are too good to pass up.
Yes, I am nervous. But, it’s an excited nervous. It’s the butterflies you get just before boarding an exhilarating looking rollercoaster or the jambles you get on the day of the show y’all (thank you, Parker Posey). At this point in my career, I’m ready to embrace challenges I’ve yet to face. Ultimately, I look forward to continuing this lifelong education in the arts with what should be a true career highlight. Should you feel so inclined to follow along with me on this new adventure, check out the Magic's Winter 2017 Itinerary here!