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A Visit to the Pridelands

A Visit to the Pridelands

As one more part of Than’s birthday celebration, we were given tickets to see the Lion King musical in the big theater downtown.  This is a show that Than has been wanting to see for years, and it was a treat to be able to share the experience with family.

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The plot and the music are fun and familiar, but the best part of the evening was seeing the many creative ways used to convey the story.  People turned into animal characters through costumes, puppetry, marionettes, dance, and a lot of carefully choreographed movement.  It was a late night for the kids, but worth it to be part of such rich artistry.

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Thanks for the gift!

Practically Perfect in Every Way

Practically Perfect in Every Way

Since our whole family likes Mary Poppins the movie and Mary Poppins the CD, we decided that Mary Poppins the musical would be a great way to introduce our kids to live professional theater.  I wasn’t sure how a stage show without Julie Andrews and Dick VanDyke could compete with the classic movie starring Julie Andrews and Dick VanDyke, but we were surprised and pleased with what we saw.  Some of the classic songs were incorporated, but the stage show also had plenty of original music and incorporated many new elements from the original book, giving it a flavor all its own.  There were some “wow” moments even for adults, but the “wow” factor for the kids was huge.  Katya was particularly enchanted, and watching my kids watch the show with stars in their eyes and rapt attention made my own viewing experience so much richer.

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After the musical we enjoyed an early dinner at a nearby restaurant with all sorts of creative food, and the kids branched out and tried several unusual things.  All in all, it was a great outing.  (And now Nathan is working his way through Mary Poppins, the book, for the third time!!)

Sense and Sensibility

Sense and Sensibility

Sense & Sensibility The Musical

Thanks to a Christmas gift and kid sleepover, Than and I enjoyed a special evening out.  First came dinner reservations at The Corner Office.  In classic Than style, we enjoyed a meal of appetizers followed by dessert-perfect!  We shared Lemon Steamed Edamame, Suppli al Telefono (yeah, I don’t know how to pronounce it either–the menu says “braised short rib and mozzarella risotto fritters with olive tapenade in a tomato ragu.  Whatever it was, it was YUMMY!), and a Soba Noodle Salad.  For dessert we had their version of a banana split–fried bananas topped with avocado ice cream, coconut whipped cream, nutella, and a few tart cherries.

Following dinner we walked back to the performing arts complex for a new musical based on Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility.  The longer it went on, the more we loved it!  By the end we were both thoroughly impressed and happily entertained–humor, romance, costumes, clever sets, catchy music and lyrics–highly recommended.  It is playing in Denver through May, so maybe you should buy a ticket!

I am so grateful to be married to a man I enjoy fun times with, and grateful for the other people in our lives who make them possible.

Cinderella

Cinderella

As part of my birthday week, we were able to go see Roger and Hammerstein’s Cinderella at the Boulder Dinner Theater.  Than and I hadn’t been there since before Nathan was born, so it was fun to go back with kids in tow.  Both kids were very excited, and both enjoyed the show very much, but the best part was watching Katya’s downright enchantment with the whole thing.  At one point during one of the early musical numbers she turned to me and said “Mom, I can’t believe these are all real people!”  The dresses, the dancing, the music, a princess and a prince–everything right up her alley.  It was a special evening and I know we will remember it for a long time.