There’s one in every family, and Shaun Rice plays “that one” as Uncle Fester in the national tour of The Addams Family. After sticking lightbulbs in his mouth and pining after the moon eight times a week in the national tour, a guy’s needs to know how to unwind. The actor shared his tips for mastering life on the road with us. Check out his rules below.
The five items I can’t live without on the road:
1. PlayStation 3
3. Luggage scale
4. An assortment of games
5. A power chord
My favorite way to pass time in the (car/bus/train/plane) is:
Either to read or knit. I learned to knit on from the head of the wardrobe department on a tour I was on a few years ago. It’s a great way to pass the time and a good stress reliever as well. In addition, you can give all those scarves away as gifts.
The first thing I do when I check into a hotel room is:
Set up the essentials. It’s important to always keep things in the same basic place in every hotel I stay in, or I run the risk of leaving stuff behind when I move to the next city. I always set up my power cord and chargers, hook up my PS3, arrange my toiletries and then store my bags in the closet. If the room doesn’t have a microwave or fridge, I call down to see if I can get a complimentary one sent up. It never hurts to ask!
When arriving in a new city, the most important thing to do is:
Locate the nearest grocery store. Being on the road can weigh your wallet down if you have to eat out three meals a day, every day. I always try to get groceries for most of my meals in a new city; there’s usually something nearby where I can find some eat-in options to keep at the hotel.
My favorite place to go between shows:
Back to my hotel room. If I’m having a two-show day and there’s enough time to go back to the hotel for a few hours, I take advantage of some good siesta time. Just getting an hour-long nap can make that second show seem like it’s part of a brand new day.
See Rice and the rest of the family when The Addams Family plays the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center from February 26 through March 3.