Festival Ballet Theatre’s The Nutcracker was an experience beyond my wildest imagination. The dancers performed with such grace and fluidity that I envisioned myself on stage and I was transported to a magical world of beauty and dance. I made my husband promise to get tickets for any and all upcoming performances by Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT). When I heard that FBT would be celebrating spring with a full-length production of the beloved classical ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, my heart leapt with joy. I had to experience it! FBT’s heart-warming production of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece brings to life fabled storybook favorites Princess Aurora, Puss ‘n Boots, Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf…characters that remind us that good always triumphs over evil. This timeless love story will feature guest artists Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky, principal dancers with American Ballet Theatre, and FBT’s professional company dancers. The only problem – it is being performed on my due date! While others are witnessing the ballet performance of a lifetime, I will be performing the miracle of childbirth. Since I can’t make it to the production, I’d at least like to send one of my lucky readers with a guest. In cooperation with Festival Ballet Theatre, Bucket List Publications is offering two tickets to The Sleeping Beauty at the Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 Campus Drive in Irvine, California. Continue reading
Los Angeles first encountered Wicked the Musical in 2005 when it broke box office records. It returned two years later for an extended run that lasted two years. Now, Wicked is back at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, and it is so powerful that the magical spell that is casts on everyone will never be broken. Unlike the movie, The Wizard of Oz, this musical takes us back to a time before Dorothy arrived. It is a brilliantly imaginative back story that explains how Elfaba came to be the Wicked Witch of the West, starting with the conception that led to her being born green. It follows her relationship with Glinda after they meet at school and a misunderstanding lands them as hostile roommates who eventually become lifelong friends. The mysteries of how there came to be a Tin Man, Scarecrow, and Cowardly Lion are revealed, as well as how the flying monkeys got their wings. With elaborate sets and costumers, memorable songs in the score, just the right amount of sentimentality in the plot line, a entire cast that was mesmerizing, and a balanced mixture of singing and spoken dialogue, the hit Broadway musical created a recognizably Wicked world. Continue reading
I thought about what we could do for our last day in Ireland after three weeks of non stop drinking, traveling, sleeping in tents and cars, and about 3 hours of rest a night. The best I could come up with was the movies. We hadn’t done anything with a hint of normalcy during the entire trip. A day at the movies was just want we needed, but we ended up getting a lot more than we paid for.
I was going to change from the clothes that I wore the day before, but I no longer saw the point. Everything that I had with me was equally dirty, worn, and nasty. We were very familiar with being in dirty clothes. As we walked down the street, I noticed several other people that looked like they were wearing bar clothes. I assumed that they were doing the walk of shame that occurs after hooking-up at the bar the night before. Their presence made me feel better about myself. Continue reading
I sat… wide-eyed, mouth dropped, as I watched them gracefully do the impossible, their bodies fitting together like puzzle pieces. They glided through the air with an elegance and movement that I’d never experienced before. The Aerial Straps Duo opened Cirque du Soleil’s IRIS with an atmosphere of light and shade as they soared, suspended from a single or double strap. They took off high above the stage and landed with grace and fluidity, delivering the performance of a lifetime. The show could have ended then and there and I would have felt that the tickets were well worth their price, but three more acts, in particular, took my breath away, brought tears of enjoyment to my eyes, and made IRIS the most amazing production I’ve ever witnessed. Continue reading
I always dreamt of becoming an actress. I think that is what led me into teaching.
Everyday, I get to step out onto a different kind of stage and my audience is always young and lively. I act out scenarios in several different genres and I get to create my own script. Teaching and acting are explicitly linked. Every school day is another live performance. I hoped that witnessing a Shakespearean play at The Globe Theatre would provide entertainment and education, and I was not disillusioned.
The Pirate’s Dinner Adventure in Buena Park, southern California gave me the opportunity to set sail on the high seas on-board a replicated 18th century Spanish galleon anchored in a 250,000 gallon indoor lagoon for the perfect blend of action, adventure, aerial artistry, special effects, swordplay, comedy, surprise, romance, and a hearty feast; oh the hearty feast still has my mouth watering! Want-to-be pirates of all ages became emerged in the epic and interactive dinner theatre that can only be described as a Broadway quality show. Men, women, and children of all ages can find something great and entertaining about the Pirate’s Dinner Adventure. Sail away with me to a time of pirates, swashbuckling, and sword-fighting. Continue reading