During the summer Quincers enjoy what we like to call "Perkins Nights". This is a time where after rehearsal we can all relax, bond, and enjoy everyone's company, ( but we all know we came just for the pie). A Tradition that happens during this time is the famous "Sugar Shots". What happens is everyone takes one sugar packet and we all toast to whatever it is that comes to mind, ( but always be careful as to who gives you your packet, it might be salt in disguise).
After rehearsal's (usually once a week or every other week) Quincers will head out to the Pier after a long rehearsal. Everyone brings snacks, blankets, and the occasional tent. Quincers spend the night relaxing and enjoying the stars in the sky. Once everyone is settled in we break out another tradition and play some friendly Quince games such as "The Triangle Game", "Oatmeal", "Tootle ( or Toodle?) Village", "Mafia", "Snaps" and many more. Pier Nights are one of our favorite times because it's a time outside of the production where we can spend time with our Quince family.
Road Rally is one big scavenger hunt around the Manitowoc Area. Quincers volunteer to be drivers and sign up to be part of Road Rally, everyone is welcomed to play and teams are randomly chosen. Once teams are picked team names are decided on. Some past names have been "Team Plumble" and " Whistling Worriers". In the past we have had teams make shirts or go all out in war paint. Some years their is a theme. In 2016 the theme was "Disney" and all teams dressed up. Before the games begin everyone meets at Pizza Ranch and enjoy lunch together before hand. After all teams are assembled and ready to go all drivers are lined up from a random draw of numbers to see who goes first. All teams get buckled up and rules are given. Anyone speeding or being disruptive on the roads is immediately disqualified. Papers are given out to the teams with instructions and one by one the game begins. During the rally teams are to find show posters, recreate scenes from different shows, stop at stores to find prices of specific food items, find out the price of pie at Perkins, buy ice cream at MacDonald's, Stop at a park and get a picture with the whole team, and while all of that is happening there are bonus questions about Quince that earns teams extra points. As the teams finish up their route they all meet at one location and wait for all the other teams to finish. After the scavenger hunt is done all items and sheets get turned into the person in charge and scores get counted. After road rally Quincers will head over to someones house and watch old quince shows and talk about the crazy things they had to do.
Snaps happens every night at rehearsal. Throughout that nights rehearsal the cast, crew, and pit can write down a positive note to another show member, a joke that happened during rehearsal, or anything that relates to what happened that night. At the end of rehearsal after all notes are given the directors will divide the Snaps between them and read them out loud to the cast. Snaps is a great way for the cast to bond, support, and uplift each other throughout the show.
At the very beginning of the summer each person is randomly given another persons name in the pit or cast and that person becomes your Secret Angel. Throughout the summer everyone gives gifts to their Secret Angel. Shhhhhhhhhh, remember it's a secret so you want to be as sneaky as possible. The gifts don't have to be anything big or expensive. In the past people have given Watermelon ( a rotten one), A penny wrapped in tissue paper, A note, Snaps, old cameras, food ( that isn't expired or melts), squirt guns, stickers, stuffed animals ect. During tech week is when most people reveal themselves to their person with one final gift. One person got a blow up dolphin (to which was named Aldolphin), A ton of bananas, and a smile ad in the program. Secret Angels is a well loved tradition that helps bond the cast and keeps Quince a family.