The truly gratifying part of the tour is when we perform for an engaged and receptive school audience, and they pay attention to specific details. This is true especially after we've had a long run with silent and "zombie-like" audiences who have no response whatsoever. Then when we suddenly hear the laughter and applause where we're normally not used to it, it makes it worthwhile. That signifies their sign of appreciation and that applause also counts for the time it took for us to set and strike the set (especially those 8am mornings). I'd also have to say it is rewarding when we perform for an older audience and you see and hear them tearing up. It makes the 50th performance that much more organic and engaging, and it allows us to forget how sleep-deprived we all really are.
The most amusing part of the tour has been: signing autographs for kids, getting hugs from them, and having the kids tell me their honest observations. They seem to like letting me know that I look like someone they know or they can get very personal. Here are a few examples:
"You're pretty. You look like Mulan."
"You look like and act like London from Disney's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody."
"How old are you? You look like you're 18."
"My mom's as old as you."
"Are you married?"
"We know someone who'd be good for you. Our teacher."
"Do you really like Marcello? Are you guys going to stay together?"
Written by Sarah Kim