Our fourth week of spring training came with a nice change in scenery as we left the mountains of Northern California behind and transitioned to Angels Camp, CA, nestled peacefully in the Sierra Foothills between Yosemite and Lake Tahoe. We set up camp at Bret Harte High School and got straight down to business, continuing our work on “The Spark of Invention.”
Sitting at 1,378 feet above sea level, Angels Camp, CA lies along scenic Golden Chain Highway 49 which plays into the city’s rich gold rush history. What is now a quiet mountain town was once a bustling hub of energy complete with dance halls, saloons, and prosperous gold mines. American author Mark Twain even based his short story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” on a tale he heard when visiting Angels Camp (located in Calaveras County) back in 1865.
Last time the Corps stopped in Angels Camp was in 2011, hoping to warm up after a snowy stay in Weed. Unfortunately, the corps was met with rainy days and a soggy rehearsal field. This year we had much better luck. The sun was shining in Angels Camp, the skies were clear, and the temperatures were high. In fact, this is shaping up to be our warmest pre-tour yet with temperatures peaking over 100 degrees. Ice cold Gatorade and sunscreen are invaluable commodities on hot days like these, and we even took a special popsicle break between blocks on Tuesday!
“This week we have been spending a lot of time refining body and style throughout our program,” said Colorguard technician Laura Gaspar. “Our early attention to detailing technique is clearly paying off and it is incredibly thrilling to watch this show come to life.”
After a special, delicious BBQ dinner on Thursday evening, the Corps geared up for their second community preview performance of the season. Over 350 people from Angels Camp and the surrounding area came out to view an open rehearsal followed by a couple runs of our program. We enjoyed sharing our rehearsal process with the crowd and delighted them with some fun facts about the organization and activity. The public really enjoyed what we had to offer, and we look forward to debuting “The Spark of Invention” on June 19 at the MidCal Champions Showcase in Fresno, CA.
On Friday, we wrapped up our time in Angels Camp with one last full day of rehearsal capped off with a late night pool block. A nice evening swim was a great way to simultaneously celebrate our members’ hard work and beat the California heat. Then, on Saturday, we had time for a little morning rehearsal before loading the busses and making the trek to Tollhouse, CA where we will finish up our spring training.
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