We made our way through the Christmas lights down to Hotel where the after show party was being held.
Apart from the cast we were some of the last to arrive so the hotel was already very busy with people but buzzing with a great atmosphere.
As the cast members arrived one by one there was a mad rush to meet and greet them. To pose for photographs and get their autographs. A thought occurred to me as it did to a number of us who had spent the last 2 days watching the rehearsals. Why didn't we get the photos and autographs then when there was no one else around. Why did we wait until now when everyone there was trying to do the same.
Jesse was the first person we saw to arrive and as we got close waiting to meet him for our photo and autograph he was wished away. There was a curtained off area where the cast had a table set up for them to eat.
I saw Valerie next and this time I was determined to get there. Valerie was lovely as ever. She said to the crowd "Do you Know who this is?" as she announced to the waiting crowd that I ran Kids from Fame Media. I'm not sure how many people understood her but it was a nice moment, if mot a little embarrassing.
Then I met up with Carlo who said the surrounding people that I was a special guy. Thank you Carlo you're pretty special yourself.
After that there was a bit of a wait before I got to meet the other cast members. I got close to Cynthia but again she was whisked away before I got my turn. Eventually I did get to meet Cynthia and she joked "You Again?" I laughed and said every time I got close to her she went away.
A couple of friends mentioned about their experience with Cynthia that she wasn't aware that her picture ever featured on an album like "Rock n Roll World" or "Best of Fame" album nor was she aware of the Fame annuals and that there were drawings of her in the stories.
Still it wasn't all about the cast, as it was also about spending a special time with Fame friends.
Also I met a number of new people. People who came up to me to say hello and thank me for my site and my dedication to it. At times I felt like a celebrity myself. Thank you to all those who took time to say hello.
Thanks especially to Patrick (pictured above with Nia Peeples) who not only came to say hello but messaged me afterwards and sent me the footage he had taken. Without him I wouldn't have been able to post such comprehensive video material of the concert.
Afterwards there was lots of frivolity as the cast were interviewed and joked with each other. Carlo and Nia talked about being engaged. Jesse joked he too was engaged to Carlo and to Nia (Well Nicole on the show). The interviewer asked what part of Carlo was Italian. He commented "You'd better ask Nia Peeples!"
Erica Mentioned how much the cast had enjoyed being together again and that they had discussed doing more together!
Later I chatted a little to Valerie, who mentioned my fan fiction and how she must start reading the time travel Doris story again! She said she'd started it but then got caught up with making "Offer and Compromise" so she must go back and finish it! This woman never ceases to amaze me.
Later I chatted a little to Nia. She didn't know who I was as she said she didn't keep up with those kind of things but she was interested to hear if I'd had an issues with MGM. Also she mentioned that the cast had a show now so doing more concerts wasn't out of the question.
By this time it was 3.15am and the crowds had thinned out. Why didn't I wait to get the autographs and pictures until now because it was so much easier to get close to the cast?
I was flagging it had been a long couple of days and I knew we had an early start the next day. So I said my goodbyes and we left.
The party actually carried on for another hour as a couple of fans, Derek and Penny got up and sung for the cast. Wish I could have stayed to see it but I needed to get back to the hotel to pack and get at least a couple of hours sleep.
At least I knew this wasn't all just a dream. I hadn't spent enough time actually in bed asleep over the last few days to actually dream!