Motley Sue - New Zealand Blog 2
Touring without all of our familiar items can be a wee bit stressful. Ann & Nancy's wardrobe cases can be described as big rolling closets with tons of drawers. They each have their own (for stage clothing and shoes), then there is a case for Lynn, which basically is sewing supplies, cold remedies, hot rollers, wrapping paper and cards... basically everything you could possibly need for any situation.
When traveling to New Zealand and Australia from the States, you have to ship everything in a Sea Container, and you pay by the weight of the container. What that means to us is... good bye wardrobe cases, good bye guitar tech work boxes, good bye jeffo's sweet sweet coffee maker.... good bye production case with my very own "motley sue" drawer. We managed to whittle our shipment down to 15 cases total. (not including what we carried on the plane).
Ann and Nancy each have a rather large suitcase now for stage clothes only, and all of their extra stuff is now in one large silver trunk...(make-up removers, make-up cases, accessories, blow dryers etc). That I set up and take down everyday.
Setting up the dressing room on the first day in New Zealand, I made a mistake that many make, and some really badly. I plugged an american powerstrip with an adapter into a new zealand wall socket. Blue flames shot out of the side and the distinct smell of electricity was in the air. Good thing i didn't electrocute myself. I felt like a big dork, then the woman helping me out with the room said, oh - don't feel bad, Cirque Du Soliel blew a ton of them up. I needed to plug it into a power converter. Whoops ~ When Ann & Nancy arrived i quickly told them, don't plug anything in to anything. just your cell phones in to this thing here (pointed at the converted power strip).
Two shows down and no more exploding power strips (knocks on wood)...