Performing at the Fischer Opera Haus in Frankenmuth, Michigan, was so much fun.
However, glamorous, it wasn’t.
Backstage, there was one dressing room – strictly coed; and at either end of that room were the toilets – one for the guys, one for the gals.
That was it.
There were two long (folding type) tables with chairs in front of mirrors for makeup.
There was a door that took you out onto the dike that runs along the river.
Not much room stage left or right backstage either.
It is your basic very old vaudeville house kind of theater.
No AC or heat either!
And sometimes, the outside would intrude on the inside.
Once that intrusion was in the form of a mouse.
Mice don’t bother me.
Which is surprising since I had to have the whole rabies series of shots because of a mouse bite.
So, we had a mouse.
I was not bothered.
Other cast members were not so blasé about our visitor.
So Vic Overeitus (sp?) took it upon himself to catch and release the mouse.
He got the mouse cornered under one of the long makeup tables.
Vic got under the table with a jar, and was actually able to put the jar over the mouse.
This was as far as Vic had thought through his plan.
He couldn’t just leave the jar over the mouse. It would suffocate.
He decided he would slide something under the jar and thus trap the mouse inside and then be able to take the mouse outside.
The mouse, who probably wasn’t too thrilled about being chased around and then having a jar put over it, decided not to cooperate.
In fact, the mouse, made a break for it.
This is the part I thoroughly enjoyed.
Vic screamed and stood up – forgetting he was under a big ass table.
I personally found it hilarious.
I have no idea where the mouse went. Apparently somewhere safe, where it was out of sight and out of mind.
I hope that mouse lived a long and happy life.
And if there is a mouse in your dressing room – leave it the fuck alone.
It is going to hurt anything or anyone.
Whereas, trying to remove the mouse may cause grave (but hilarious) bodily injury.
As far as I know, the score to date is: