My Quebec Trip – Day 2

Apr. 13, 2017

Day 2 now! This is the day where I finally started getting used to the daily routine and life as a tourist in Quebec, and I really got deep into the culture and history. We spent a lot of time learning about the history and origin of Quebec city, and I learned a lot of stuff that I thought I never would’ve learned!

Highlights

  • Going to the mall and trying poutine for the first time!
  • Seeing and walking over a large, beautiful waterfall – Montmorency Falls, if I remember correctly
  • Visiting the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré Basilica. I’m not at all Catholic, but it was still beautiful to me
  • Visiting Sugar Shack at the end of the day, and having dinner there. It was basically a maple syrup museum! I learned a lot and had a great time.

Breakfast

Generic hotel continental breakfast

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Sausages, scrambled eggs and a waffle. nothing special, really.

Lunch

The food court at the shopping mall we went to. I can’t recall the name, unfortunately.

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I got a small poutine (yay!), and a medium McDonald’s drink cup filled with McDonald’s fries that he didn’t want.

Dinner

The Cabane À Sucre – also known as the Sugar Shack!

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A nice, buffet-style dinner! I ate several things, including Canadian bacon, potatoes, and pork rinds.

My Quebec Trip – Day 1

Apr. 11 & Apr. 12, 2017

My first day in Quebec! I really enjoyed everything that went on, and got my first taste of the city. Me and my brother Travis prepare and get ready for the trip that awaits us, and at midnight on the 12th of April, we depart, and take the 10+ hour bus drive to Quebec City.

Highlights

  • Arriving in Quebec for the first time!
  • Meeting our bus driver for the trip, John. He was super nice and friendly and went around with us, even off the bus.
  • Meeting our tour guide, Annie. She lives in Quebec and knows the ins and outs of the city, and was very excited to show us around.
  • Several walks around the city. We viewed historic landmarks and learned about the city’s history, as well as some beautiful architecture!

(Click on the photos to view the whole thing)

Breakfast:

A McDonald’s near the U.S/Canada border

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I ordered a sausage egg and cheese bagel – nothing fancy, but still something I’d never tried before.

 

Lunch:

Paillard, a café and bakery popular in Quebec city.

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I ordered a ham and cheese Quiche with a Caesar salad on the side.

 

Dinner:

Au Petit Coin Breton

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I got vegetable soup and a ham and cheese crêpe, not pictured above, unfortunately!

 

My favorite part of the day:

The beginning! It was really nice and had a good atmosphere. I got acquainted with and started talking to the guests and chaperones on the trip. There was Mr. Petit, my French teacher who I already knew; Ms. Strickland, the female chaperone and school Spanish teacher; John, the bus driver who would also be joining us on the trip; and Annie, the tour guide who helped us a lot throughout the whole thing. There was also Kevin, our roommate who is in a lot of the photos and videos that I took. And of course, the other wonderful people that went with us on the trip, most of which I met for the first time!

Some technical difficulties 

Hello all, due to some issues with my phone storage, the Day 2 Quebec trip post and part of the Day 1 post will be delayed. Photo galleries will also be uploaded after the trip on separate posts, and then I will update the posts with the links. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Edit (Apr. 15, 2017 @12:26 a.m.)

I’ve thought about how I’ve been formatting these posts. Given the circumstances, I feel like it’s a lot better if I publish the posts when I arrive back in the states. A reliable Internet connection and good computer access are a necessity for making quality posts, and those are two things that I don’t have right now. Don’t worry though! I’m having a great time and I can’t wait to tell you all about it when I get back.

My Quebec Trip – Prelude

Hello all! There is a big surprise that I’ve been waiting to unveil, and I think now is the perfect time to do so. For a few days before and during spring break, I, my brother, and several other students from school will be taking a class trip to Quebec, Canada!

The group of us will be visiting many different sites and attractions all over the province. These include a tour of Quebec city, the Musée du Fort, Montmorency Falls, and a visit to the Montréal Science Centre. We will be accompanied by tour guides, chaperones, and Mr. Petit, the wonderful and extremely generous French teacher who will be running the trip! The full itinerary can be found at the bottom of this article.

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A meeting discussing the details of the trip. (Feb. 21, 2017 10:45 AM)

We will be leaving first thing in the morning on April 12, 2017—that’s Wednesday—and arriving back in the states 5 days later. I will make a post every evening detailing the events and experiences of the day. This will include pictures, vlogs, and firsthand accounts from other people attending the trip with me. I also plan to release a poem or short story here and there, just so my blog won’t be entirely focused on the trip.

I’m very excited for this trip! This will be the 4th time I’ve travelled outside of the United States, and the 2nd time I’ve been to Canada. The first time was when I was 7 years old, though, so this should be a great new experience for me, anyways. Oh and by the way, we won’t be taking a flight there; a long bus ride to and from the country awaits us. All of this is sure to bring a fresh new adventure that you all are sure to enjoy!

 

Click here to view the full itinerary

My first ever book signing! 3/11/2017

Hello all. As some of you already know, yesterday was a very eventful day; I did my first ever book signing ever!

The signing was for my teen/YA novel, The Month Of June. It took place at a local bookstore known as 2nd & Charles, often frequented by interesting and enthusiastic readers. I was set up at the front of the store, to the front right as soon as you walk in the door. I must admit that the location wasn’t ideal, but I still went with it!

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I saw several interesting people there, and sold several books. Nobody asked to take a picture to be on this blog, but I did meet a nice old man who told me a very interesting story about himself. I plan to write a short story based on it.

All in all, it was was a pretty good first experience. I really hope to do things like that again. And if you live in or around the area, there are still a few copies left at the store. Head over and buy one if you can!

Disney’s The Little Mermaid – Glasgow High School

The Little Mermaid – an awesome classic Disney animated movie, remade and turned into a musical! This version was produced and performed by the amazing folks at Glasgow High School, a public high school in Newark, Delaware. I personally attended this play, and I had a great time! The acting was spectacular and the performance went smoothly–it’s too good for me not to tell you about it.

Plot

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Surely you already know the story of The Little Mermaid, but for those of you that don’t, it is a very interesting story! Based on the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen,  The Little Mermaid is the story of a teenage mermaid name Ariel. Born into royalty, she is very dissatisfied with underwater life, and longs to go above the surface, to learn more about human life.

Her mother, Queen Triton, despises humans and forbids her from going above the surface. She misunderstands humans, for when Ariel was younger, her father was killed by a human hunter. Ariel sees past it, though. She, along with her best friend Flounder, travel to the surface every once in a while in order to collect human artifacts and visit their companion, a seagull named Scuttle. She has a huge collection that she absolutely admires, and sings the song “Part Of Your World” in order to describe her sorrows.

“Part Of Your World” performed by Liz Hamil

Sebastian, a crab working for Queen Triton, is assigned to look after Ariel. Meanwhile, Ariel is busy longing about the beautiful man she saw when she went to the surface, a prince named Eric. Unknowingly, Eric spotted Ariel as well, and is also obsessing over her. He is amazed by how beautiful she is, and vows to come back and find her.

Soon after, Ariel meets her mother’s evil sister, Ursula. Ariel is desperate to go and find Prince Eric, so she strikes a deal with Ursula–she will give her legs and the ability to walk on land like a normal human, just as she’s always wished. But, in exchange for being a human, Ursula gets to keep Ariel’s voice, rendering her mute. If she can get Eric to kiss her within 3 days, she will remain a human forever and get her voice back. If not, she will turn into a mermaid again and her soul will belong to Ursula forever.

The Little Mermaid is an enchanting play that teaches love, acceptance, and friendship. It’s something that all family members can enjoy, and it was performed really well right here. The musical aspect of it was amazing as well; I applaud the orchestra for doing as good a job as they did!

Cast & Crew

Everyone involved did a spectacular job! I’m really proud of them for working so hard and putting on such a great show. The costumes were as accurate as possible, and did a really great job of bringing the play to life. Here are pictures and descriptions of the main cast and crew:

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Ariel – Elizabeth Hamill

 

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Prince Eric – Jacob Zervas

 

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Sebastian – Ernest Drake

 

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Flounder – Sabina Troncone

 

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Ursula – Julian Turner

 

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King Triton/Queen Triton – Ahlyssa Sooy-Mattson

 

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Scuttle – Nathalie Balog

 

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Grimsby – Scot Nordmeier

There are many more than just those above, of course! I will include pictures of the entire cast in the credits at the bottom of this post. More photos will also be uploaded in a photo gallery that I will upload later.

Interview

Luckily, I got the chance to interview one of the star cast members. Jacob Zervas, a senior at Glasgow and the actor who played Prince Eric. He’s also a personal friend of mine who I’ve known since a very young age. He was open to answering any questions that I had for him, so I decided to do a mini interview and ask a couple questions about the play, the production, and the experience as a whole. Here are the questions and answers below.

Q: So Jacob, that was a really awesome performance you put on last weekend, needless to say. How long were you working on it? How often did you practice?

A: We start rehearsals in November and work scene by scene with occasional run through of what we know. As we get closer to the play we begin having everyone at rehearsal and run either act one or two for 2 weeks and extend practice from 4:30 to 5. The last week before the show has 3 rehearsals that run from 2-9 at night and two Saturdays 9-1. As for the sets,the art teacher and a variety of cast and parents all start helping in build days, mainly Saturdays, building, painting, and doing everything in between, as all of our sets are made from scratch. Both rehearsals and set creation takes up to essentially the night of the show, same deal with costume creation/collection.

Q: Very nice. How difficult was the acting for you? Did you have trouble with any specific parts?

A: I was very nervous with signing in general. I’ve never been a great singer per say, but my confidence and vocal range improved drastically throughout making the show.

Q: I see. Was the kissing part difficult, or did you guys have a sort of unspoken agreement?

A: Well me and Liz have dated before and we’re super comfortable around each other so we both knew at the beginning that the whole kissing thing would be a piece of cake.

Q: Lastly, how would you rate the entire experience, on a scale from 1-10?

A: Everything has there rough spots. There’s always alot of stress when getting down to the wire. But the payoff is so amazing. So 9.5!

If you missed the showings of this play, no need to worry! If you are in or around the northern Delaware area, in early march, then you will be able to catch the play put on by the Glasgow High School drama team. They do something different every year, and each one is just as amazing as the last! If I get the chance, I’ll surely blog about the one they have next year. It’s sure to be a 10/10 performance that you and the whole family will love!


Credits

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(Photo credits are at the bottom. If I used one of your photos, please notify me so that I may give you the proper credit.)

Cast

Ariel – Elizabeth Hamill

Prince Eric – Jacob Zervas

Flounder – Sabina Troncone

Grimsby – Scot Nordmeier

Queen Triton – Ahlyssa Sooy-Mattson

Sebastian – Ernest Drake

Ursula – Julian Turner

Flotsam – Gabrielle Lalondriz

Jetsam – Daria Syphrett

Chef Louis – Adam Goldman

Scuttle – Nathalie Balog

Winward – Devonte Moore

Leeward – Zackary Curles

Mersisters – Amanda Leonhard, Audrey Hernandez, Swetha Surampudi, Delilah Jones, Amanda Ewing, Brooke Ahlstrom
Ensemble

Fiona Piper, Noelle Tinkler, Yasin Ahmad, Dominick Jones, Bailey Hiller, Jennifer Leonor, Morgan Wilson
Pit Orchestra

Christopher Celfo – conductor

Carol Stiltz – Flute, piano

Matthew Hetzler – Clarinet, Bass

Kirsten Haden – Oboe, English horn

Andrew Hetzler – Violin

Brian Williams – Trumpet

Amy Boyd, Stephen Bockius – French horn

Misty Fiske, Keith Gallion – Piano/keyboards

Behind The Scenes

Stage Managers – Danielle Nichols, Nicole Kyle

Sound Technicians – Connor Vanderslice, Michael Just

Lighting Technicians – Robert Garrison, Carly Korup, Skyler Ross

Curtain – Brennan Nichols

Stage Crew – Jarel Acosta, Connor Hartland, Robert Davis, Brennan Gallamoza, Ashleigh Baaden, Kayla Davisson

Chief Set Build/Design – Brennan Gallamoza

Student Set/Build Design – Michael Just, Zach Curles, Delilah Jones, Dominick Jones, Kristie Yarnall, Yanaidis Jaime, Shakire Ortiz, Scot Nordmeier

FX Technician: Adam Goldman, Herb Goldman

Production Assistant – Carly Adams

Additional Credits

Music/Orchestra Director – Christopher Celfo

Drama Director – Scott Staab

Choreographer – Nichelle Lanier

Costume Design/Alteration – Marti Diffley

Student Director – Heather Wilson

Photo Credits – Carly Adams, Samantha Saville