Olivia would be performing for the Press event ‘I Know It’s Today’. She hadn’t performed for press since Istanbul, so she was really excited. I was nervous. We’re six months into this tour and I still get nervous when I watch her. Of course, it went perfectly.
The hotel was nice, but the room was so tiny, you could barely walk around the beds, so getting to clothes each day was difficult. It was the first time I really felt like we were living out of a suitcase. The last two cities had spoilt us for space.
There seemed to be mall after mall after mall. All busy with a lot of high end stores which I wouldn’t be spending any money in. My favorite part of these malls were the food courts. Nothing like the food courts in the US. They have really good restaurants. Most of the meals we had for the entire three weeks were in the food courts. We had Teppanyaki, Indian, sizzling pepper steak and Japanese Bento Boxes to name a few. All reasonably priced. Restaurants outside the malls were priced pretty much the same as the higher end NYC restaurants.
Clare’s family were joining the tour for the three weeks in Singapore. Olivia and Eliana were so excited. Clare and Bart have three boys, Spencer 8, Simon 4 and Safford,16 months. So far there haven’t been any kids on the tour and now they had pool buddies. They spent most days which had only evening performances with the boys at the pool.
At the theatre, Spencer, Peter Pan, had volunteered to be a guest teacher, teaching Science. He taught twice on double show days. Tackling heat and electricity. This was way more interesting than the version I would’ve taught. I think Olivia found it very refreshing and he had put a lot of thought into how he would teach. He even brought props.
To start our week off we were meeting up with Alys and Chloe. We booked a Duck tour, which is a cross between boat and bus, going on both land and water. We cruised along the Singapore River and back to the Singapore Flyer, The second part of the tour was to ride the flyer. It’s a huge ferris wheel, like the London Eye. We had beautiful weather and a magnificent view over Singapore. The girls just loved spending time with each other. It was lovely to watch them enjoying themselves.
Seb was a great Gavroche. I think it’s one of the best roles for a young boy in theatre. The girls lost the story quite a few times, but by far my favorite comments were after the Lovely Ladies scene. Olivia said “who are these people”? to which Eliana replied “they’re the fairytale characters”.
The next day we were going back, but this time to the daytime zoo. It was our first trip out with Clare, Bart and the boys. Also joining us for the day were Jack, Will and Marissa. We started the day at breakfast with the Orangutans. The zoo was the best I’ve been to. We spent the entire day there and without complaint from the five kids we had in tow.