Friday, June 22, 2012

The Opera Chorus Maids Go on Tour

a.k.a.  Esoteric humor at its finest.

a.k.a.  When the chorus only has to be on stage for a cumulative 15 minutes in a 3-hour opera, much mischief is "maid."

The music festival which I am involved with is a traveling festival, and tries to take its shows to most of the larger towns in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  This year, Cosi Fan Tutte, a comedic opera by Mozart took the UP by storm, starting in Iron Mountain.

We stayed in Iron Mountain for three days.  Luckily, my two eldest children were on a Girl Scout trip to Green Bay during this time.  Unluckily, I didn't get to go with them this year.  I always love chaperoning the Girl Scout trips, but at least I didn't have to worry too much about childcare for them.  Sophia got to stay with a friend and she basically had the time of her life going to parades and the beach and jumping on the trampoline.

Meanwhile, The Maestro and I were stuck in the Iron Mountain Motel 6 whenever we weren't at the theatre sitzprobing or rehearsing.  Also, most of the other cast members and orchestra musicians were put up at the Motel 6 where it reeked of cat urine and smoke.  And our room had a lovely iron burn right in the middle of the floor, yet there was no iron to be found until we called the front desk and found out they keep them there.  Weird.  Possibly because people kept burning their carpet with them.

My fellow maid has a wickedly creative sense of humor and excellent PowerPoint skills (yes, PowerPoint!), and so began our series of "The Maids Go on Tour."
Then we headed to Marquette, where we perform in the middle school auditorium.  This isn't as bad as it sounds, as the school was built 100 years ago and the auditorium is gorgeous.  The only real downside is using the lunch room as our dressing room, where peanuts are banned and the men are only separated from the women by upended lunch tables with blue blankets on top.
And last night, we finally closed at another historic theatre, this one only 20 minutes away from home.  However, the fire hall is actually in the theatre--I suppose those 19th century builders were excellent at multi-tasking.  And so are the opera chorus maids, if you must know.
Yes, I am holding a vacuum attachment.  Don't even ask.

And yes, we took all of these photos right in the middle of the opera, in all that downtime we had.

And I totally understand if you don't think it's as funny as we do.  I understand that maybe you had to be there.  I still wanted to make sure it was on the blog, because just in case I ever get around to making one of those blog books, I want the Maids' (mis)Adventures to be immortalized for my posterity.

But, it wasn't all fun and games and fighting fires--here's another photo the whole opera chorus took.  Kenton is the 12-year old son of a friend of mine (Bria's age!), and he was just diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia last week.  He will be spending several months up in Primary Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City as he goes through chemotherapy and battles the cancer.  Friends of Deb's have put together Team Kenton, and people from all over are sending in photos to cheer Kenton on in his new reality.  I know that Deb and Kenton would love a picture from you, if you feel so moved.  Check it out!

In case you're wondering, the whirlwind of opera tour means that no, my children have not done many chores or practiced much.  And they are, in fact, watching a movie on the iPad as I type this, even though I haven't heard a single note of practicing this morning.  My house is a disaster (where are those darn maids when I need them?)(probably off taking silly photos), and I am exhausted.

Next week, we're back on the wagon, and I can hardly wait.  Of course, I'm in another show in three weeks, but we just won't think about that just yet.  One day at a time...

Happy Friday!
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. Will he be in Primary Children's here in SLC or do they have another one located near you?
    These are great photos, a HOOT! You actresses YOU!
    So glad your life is so full up there Lara. I love it!

  2. Primary Children's in SLC. Good question...I'll clarify.

  3. Oh my gracious, you are funny! Love that Motel 6 stuff!