Years ago, gosh it's been over ten now I think, I worked fulltime at Tropicana Casino as a character actress. There was a rather large troop of strolling performers. We worked together for several years and became good friends. Most all, with the exception of me and a couple of the other gals who were trained dancers, had circus skills. Clowns, mimes, stilt-walkers, jugglers, magicians... A colorful, zany group to be sure.
Many of us are still in contact today (Brooks the Magician often commets here at this blog), the larger faction trying to get together at least once a year for a holiday party. An off shoot (the group pictured right) try to get together a little more often. Although it seems to get tougher each passing year. *sigh* We call ourselves The Shallow Girls, as we like like to talk about shallow things. You know, like make-up and clothes. But we talk about deeper stuff too, sometimes. We used to gripe about ageism in entertainment and the general lack of vision in Atlantic City. But we're over that now. Mostly.
Anyway, pictured above are five of the Shallow Girls. (Missing are Carmy and Patricia) A couple of years ago, we trecked to a PA Renn Faire and stayed overnight. It was around this time of year as you can see by the fall decorations. I love this picture.
Left to right starting at the top: Shelly the juggler/actress (currently a cirriculum big-wig for the state of Delaware.) Lin the stilt-walker/dancer (currently PR Director for an upscale department store), Wendy the dancer/actress (currently a Yoga instructor).
Left to right starting at the bottom: Gwen the dancer/actress (currently raising three beautiful little girls) and Me, Beth the singer/actress (currently writing novels and working as a Library Assistant)
Pictured to the left, me in the foreground and Gwen right behind -- back in the day. Unfortunately, Shelly and Lin aren't pictured here though they were there and costumed the same. (Yes, those are Victoria Secrets bras, but we decorated them with sequins and broaches--hence they became costumes. *g* Madonna has nothing on us) It was New Years Eve and we'd just performed a choreographed number at a high roller party (Mardi Gras theme).
Fast forward to now. Although we all still take the occasional entertainment gig, we've all pretty much moved on in our lives. (We no longer wear decorated bras. Not in public anyway.) I'm just glad we haven't moved out of each other's lives. Today Lin and I are are meeting up so that we can visit Gwen, who just had her third daughter, Katie, last Thursday. A darn good reason to break away from my writing and to brave the miserable weather. Motto for the day: Good friends are like a dose of sunshine. Always welcome.