RV Living: A Game Called Musical Adventures
by Fulltime RVing
(Simi Valley, CA)
Music on the Road
Imagine a couple who had always wanted to live their dream of performing on Broadway. They auditioned for shows and occasionally got small parts and were loving their life. They never had enough money and more than a time or two they didn’t have electricity or heat in their tiny apartment, but they had each other and they had music. And then, they had a family and that all had to change. He went and found a job, one that kept the lights on and the baby warm, and she became the sort of mother who was the first to volunteer to help with school plays and musicals. They listened to music, always, they talked about it, but they just could not find the time to participate themselves.
When the children got older, they started doing community theater, finding parts in the musicals and once again living the dream, or at least, a softer, more mellowed version of it. And then, one day they looked around at their quiet, suburban home and realized that the children were all gone; there were no chicks left in the nest. The dream beckoned with both arms outstretched and they ran to it, wherever it would take them.
They sold the house and made a tidy little profit and bought a beautifully outfitted RV. They grabbed a bunch of road maps and some brochures for community theaters from various places and off they went. They would travel all day to get to an audition for a show in one city and stay for the run, and then they would head off to the next one. If they never got back on Broadway, they might be okay with that because they are doing what they wanted all along, and it doesn’t matter where the location might be.
They have lyric and music sheets and a small keyboard in their RV so that they can entertain one another or rehearse. They put all of their new shows on their resumes as they go and head off to the new location and they are having the time of their lives. They are no longer interested in sticking to the original plan, the one that had them traveling like this for a few months and then returning to find a new apartment or even buying a small home. Instead, they are going to keep on traveling this way, dedicated to the idea of singing on stages from state to state in venues large and small, taking on every musical role they have ever dreamed about playing, singing songs from the greats such as Gershwin and Webber, and then coming back to their RV, giggling and laughing, holding each other like the young couple they had been once upon a time.
Not everyone can sell their home and live in an RV together, forever. They are thrilled to be in a new place every few days, in a new show with all new people. They travel back here and there to see their children, their friends and their other family members. One of their best moments came when their oldest daughter showed up out of the blue to ride along to audition in a musical that she grew up listening to in their music-filled home.