After a whirlwind weekend-- working and assisting for 5 performances of One Step Above's productions "Cinderella Kids" and "Alice in Wonderland Jr.", then staying up to the wee hours watching the recorded Tony Awards, today is all about getting ready for the amazing week ahead. I've practiced, listened, done laundry, checked my lists, practiced and listened some more.
In preparation, I was looking through all the information and remembered that Jim Caruso (one of the judges) was on an episode of Michael Feinstein's PBS program. Fortunately, I have them all saved at home on the DVR, so was able to go back and watch that part again. In that same episode, I noticed a trumpet player at Sophia’s who looked familiar. I double checked the credits, and sure enough, it was my dad’s cousin Michael Ponella! I’ll definitely have to ask him about that the next time I see him!
Also, my dad told me that a colleague from IU Jacobs School of Music (another trumpet player) came by today and mentioned that he will be playing for the Gala/After Party Saturday night at the Palladium. The winner of the competition will be performing, and all the finalists and families will be attending. Just another example of what a small world it is!
Tonight, I'll enjoy spending time with my family, then tomorrow I have a quick rehearsal before hitting the road. I can't wait! Hopefully I'll have time to blog, or at least tweet (@tonyponella), throughout the week. I know that it will fly by, and I'll want to look back and be able to remember all the details of what promises to be an amazing experience!
Watch for my next post from Indianapolis!