Sunday, July 20, 2014
IN THE OCEAN WITH THE LITTLE MERMAID
When I was a youngster, and through my grown up years, my greatest pleasure was being at the beach, either taking a walk, being in the water, collecting sea shells or just looking at the waves, it was always a great pleasure for me.
That just might be one of the reasons I loved seeing the play, "The Little Mermaid," at North Shore Music Theatre, so much.
The minute the play started I was hooked. The opening scene took place under the ocean where I saw puppets on sticks to represent schools of fish. To me they looked like REAL fish swimming in the water and I felt like I was there with them.
Adrienne Eller is the mermaid Ariel who has a beautiful voice and a playful personality.
As the story goes Ariel wants to leave the sea and live with humans above ground. She gives up her mermaid tail and gets legs. After much drama she meets Prince Eric, played by Bruce Landry. When the two of them sang together it was a perfect fairy tale scene.
Kecia Lewis plays Ursula the Sea Witch, oh, she was so wicked, had a wonderfully wicked voice, and wore an eight-legged gown!
There were many different types of fish "in the sea" wearing amazing costumes!
Seeing all those ingenious costumes reminded me of the elaborate gowns worn in "La Cage aux Folles."
The amazing cast, the clever sets, the unbelievable costumes and the 12 piece orchestra made it one of the most enjoyable plays I have ever seen!
Before the show started, a spokesman from the theatre made some announcements and then asked how many children under the age of twelve were present. There were quite a few - all were very well behaved and did not make a sound while the show was in progress.
I liked what he had to say to this young audience. He hoped that what they experienced would wet there appetites for future plays in their lifetime and that they would take the place of today's theatre goers.
Now that I've seen the play, I want to see the movie.
Wonder how it will compare. Who would have thunk I'd want to see a fairytale?
Guess I'm a kid at heart!
Saturday, July 12, 2014
HAPPY DAY - HEARTY MEAL - HEARING CHALLENGE
Whenever I spend the day with Steve and Carol it is a happy day, and yesterday was no exception!
We enjoy each others company.
I always have something that needs repairing, adjusting and seldom need anything opened.
I'm pretty good at that now!
The British Beer Company recently opened up just a five minute ride from where I live. Steve has eaten in this restaurant in other locations and was anxious to see what this one was like, So yesterday we paid a visit to this casual eating and beer place.
From what I observed, they specialize in pizza and beer.
As a matter of fact the pizza dough has beer in it!
We ordered a pizza and a greek salad, which was large enough to serve the three of us. The salad could even have served four people.
The pizza dough was just right and the toppings were delicious. I took two pieces home!
A few months ago I finally broke down and invested in hearing aids.
I'd been having trouble hearing especially when having dinner in the main dining room. It's a large room with high ceilings and many soft spoken ladies. We usually are seated at a large table of six and as I have said, a few ladies speak very softly. I have asked them to speak up - to no avail. Not only that but one of the ladies takes her hand and places it in front of her mouth so it makes it even more difficult to hear what she says! I relayed this to a friend of mine and her reaction was, "maybe she has bad teeth!"
Some nights when I go to the dining room my hearing instruments (that's how the dealer refers to them) are so loud that I have to remove them. There are times when they help, but I find that I still need adjustments.
Now getting back to what I experienced at the British Beer Company, you ain't heard nothing yet!
It was SO EXTREMELY LOUD that I had to remove my hearing instruments and place them in a little container that I carry just in case I have a problem. By the way, when the waiter was seating us he did say that we were being seated in a quiet area! Ha!
We were all pleased with the drinks and food that we had but the noise was a turn-off.
As we were leaving my daughter-in-law said the next time we crave pizza, they would stop, pick it up, and we would have it at my nice quiet apartment! ;-)