Since I’ve spent the last several weeks sharing my performer for a day experience, this week’s post will be a tribute to the act in which I performed: the Gypsy Bareback act, which Mark Miller calls “the heart of the show.” I sat down with him to find out how the act came into being. When Arabian Nights opened on February 29, 1988, it was just the Bareback act. In [...]
My performer for a day experience a couple of weeks ago wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the special guests who came to watch me in the show: my mother, my grandmother, and my son, Finn. Finn loves horses, but had never seen one in real life before. What follows is an interview I did with him, or “Arabian Nights Through the Eyes of a Two-and-a-Half Year-Old.” Please note: this [...]
After an afternoon of riding lessons, acrobatics training, falling, laughing, and getting back up again, it was time to prepare for the actual show performance that night. Michael and Melody made some last-ditch efforts to teach me to style, and Michael showed me the proper way to sit and point my legs during the entrance into the arena (hey, it’s harder than it looks!). Melody selected a few Gypsy costumes [...]
Hi there, readers! I know I promised the penultimate post on my performer for a day experience, but the blog is experiencing some technical difficulties at the moment. Please stay tuned and check back for the next update, replete with Gypsy costume photos. Until then, please enjoy the following photo of GusGus, a Shetland pony, and one of the cutest performers here at Arabian Nights!
In case you missed it, last week I began the story of my experience as an Arabian Nights Performer for a Day. This week, the saga continues. After my basic riding lesson with Lucky, Melody and I took her back to the stables removed her tack, and handed her over to the barn staff for a snack and a pre-show “bath.” Meanwhile, we were joined by Michael, one of our acrobatic [...]