Sunday, August 11, 2013

Chim Chim Cher-ee

Last Sunday my friend Scott called and told me he had two tickets to a stage musical he was working on, and asked if I wanted to go.  He admitted it was the dress rehearsal for the show, but thought I would enjoy going.  He suggested I find someone to go with.  Since he had to work the show, I decided to invite my friend Sally.

When we got to Century II last Thursday evening, it was already bustling.

Sally is laughing and conversing with Scott, as he met us in the parking lot to hand us our tickets.

A better photo of Century II can be seen from their web site

Most of you know how much I LOVE anything British.

Nobody has to tell me how bad my camera is, so I tried to give you a clue as to what we were about to see.

Here's Scott walking us in from the parking lot.

His job as a rigger, stage hand, and one of the people who created the magic, was phenomenal.

I'm not sure why everyone was dressed in long sleeves, because, as Sally can attest, it was very hot, even in the air conditioned theater.  And yes, I'm THAT short!

The play was fantastic, although cameras weren't allowed inside.  In case you aren't familiar with it, as I must confess I was NOT, it's a musical about a magical nanny who takes a position in the Banks' household after George Banks (a banker) places a request for a new nanny, while the children write their own request.  The request "floats" up the chimney, which is not exactly shown in the play, but recited by Mary when she applies for the job.

The earliest indication of Mary Poppins' magical abilities is seen during the second stage change (sequence) in which she unpacks her bottomless carpet bag in the children's room (nursery). She first removes a hat stand, and then places the bag on a table, removes a potted plant, a lamp, and a mirror, which she hangs on one of the walls in the children's room.

There was a sequence during the song Spoonful of Sugar (which I admit, I had never heard before), in which the kitchen is wrecked and is then magically restored. This involved a series of mechanical (and seemingly magical) effects where steaming water blasts out of the tea kettle, utensils slide around the table, plate racks collapse, a cake is transformed, and a clock falls apart.  Everything is eventually returned to normal, except the cake, which is now beautifully decorated.

There are actually only a few tickets left for this play, which runs through August 18.  Choice seats, like the ones Sally and I got (we both like to sit in front), would have cost $60.00, while others range from $50.00 for evening performances to $22.00-$30.00 for matinees.  All dollar amounts are US.

I only have ONE word for this fun musical I was able to attend thanks to my friend Scott: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

13 thoughtful remarks:

Craftymoose Crafts said...

I know the story of Mary Poppins since I am a kid, LOL! I can only imagine the magic involved in performing it on stage!

Dawn said...

Oooh Elizabeth, you lucky thing. I bet it was amazing, such a fun story. I love the film version and subject my tiddlies to it when it's on TV, ha ha ha luckily they quite enjoy it too!!
Huge hugs x

Anonymous said...

What a fun experience. I must confess I'm not much of a theater goer but have seen a few plays I ballet and a couple of shows in Vegas. Oh and the Harlem Globetrotters when I was about 10!!

Halle said...

Super fun!!! I haven't attended a play in ages. I enjoy going to HS productions too.

jinxxxygirl said...

What fun! Its hard to believe you've never heard that song I love plays but i don't get to see too many. Glad you got to go!! Hugs! deb

Anonymous said...

Sounds like alot of fun. How nice of your friend Scott to get you the tickets! The theatre building looks quite lovely all lit up....Super....xox

Sharon Fritchman said...

Awesome photos! I bet the play was wonderful! Thanks for sharing your experience with us!!!!!

Julia Dunnit said... haven't seen it and don't know the certainly haven't been in Britain for any Christmas holiday in the last thirty or so years then!! Love it, and seeing it live would be marvellous. sixty bucks a seat, that was a great treat then. hope Sally enjoyed it too!

Rita said...

Oh, I can't believe you never saw the Mary Poppins movie. Now "spoonful of sugar" is in your consciousness--LOL! What a wonderful thing for Scott to do. :)

voodoo vixen said...

Oh my! How supercalafragalisticexpialadocious for you and Sally! I am totally amazed that you didn't know the story or the music... guess we all grew up with it over the other side of the pond!

Marianne said...

Hmmm.... I thought we were around the same age. I grew up with watching it every year on TV.
But I would love to see a live play.
Lucky girl to have Scott as a friend.

Patsy Paterno said...

Wow! I thought everyone would be familiar with Mary Poppins! Don't know how many times I've seen it. I always enjoy watching the movie. I think a play would be magical! patsy

~*~Patty S said...

What a great friend Scott is to include you (and Sally) in the fun and excitement!
There is nothing to compare to live theatre...
enjoyed reading your recap here!