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I cannot begin to describe how excited I am to be returning to my hometown, Chicago with Spring Awakening!!! I was introduced to so many great shows in Chicago. I would beg my Mom for tickets to anything. I think one of the first things I saw, Ragtime, was actually in the Oriental where we will be playing, so I really feel like this year has come full circle for me. It’s been such a crazy experience and it has gone by so fast. It was about a year ago we began rehearsals and then made our first move to San Diego and then opened in San Francisco (I had never been to California before, and now I can’t wait to go back!)

Gabrielle GarzaI have been all over the country, (and Canada too!!!) and have seen so many cool things. I can’t wait however to take my cast mates out and show them what Chicago has to offer!!! One of my favorites places has to be Oak Street Beach, and we are lucky enough to be going when it’s beach season!!! I keep telling them how surreal it is to be walking about the busy city and then head over to this awesome beach that’s right in the middle of all the commotion. I used to go downtown to the beach when I was in high school. We’d soak up some rays, grab a bite and shop around for a bit before heading back to the ’burbs. I am also excited to go back to the Adler Planetarium. If I wasn’t an actor, Id like to think I would have ended up an astronaut. (Hey, anything can happen, right?) I am so glad to be able to share this great city with my friends on tour. Chicago is also bittersweet because for a couple of people, this is their final stop. I know I will miss them tremendously but I am so glad we got to share in this amazing journey together. Hopefully we’ll add a couple more memories here in Chicago.