Sunday, November 25, 2012
It's hard to do the troupe chronologically. The best I can do is done with a faulty memory, my memory, so I hope anyone who remembers better or differently, will chime in and share theirs. Once we had the bus painted and primed, John Zeretzke and Muzzy worked on the interior. They installed a long couch with a lifting seat that served as the storage area for our sound board and light cords, lights and miscellaneous equipment including rolls of duct tape. Four bunks, 2 on each side of the aisle, were built in the area behind the couch and before the hatch. There was a side door and an overhead hatch area in the middle of the bus that held a rack for costumes, shelving for props and storage for the backdrop and stand. Behind that were four more bunks, one on the bottom with a slide out platform that made a double bed for Muzzy and me. All the bunks had curtains for privacy and storange underneath for suitcases and make up bags. The cozy bunks were pesonalized with hanging net bags for snacks and books and whatever. At the front of the bus, two double seats faced one another with a table inbetween. On the passenger side, a double seat faced the front door well. Long overhead shelves stored a stereo, tapes, books and the cribbage board. A small refrigerator for water, juice, etc. completed the living room. It was Marj who invented the Golden Griddle Syrup water bottles we used on stage. She even made decorative glittery covers for them! She was the first of us to have a serger sewing machine. The bus was deluxe, a rolling hotel. John Zeretzke joined us when Jon Parry decided to return to his first love, country fiddle playing. As we bid goodbye to Hank Ababa, John, Al Tamiz, was an excellent addition. We found him stowed away one night after an infamous Pete's Tavern gig. As we pulled up to unload, John leapt out of the back, eagerly helping us unload, and overwhelming us by his entusiasm.
And yes, we sold T-shirts too!