Thursday, June 15, 2006

The Phantom of the Opera is there...inside your mind...

So, first things first. Uncle Mike came in Tuesday afternoon and we all visited, shared pictures and videos and later went to dinner. It was great seeing him again. Then Wed morning I worked until it was time for....Phantom!

We had a little trouble finding the theatre cause we had shitty directions, but thankfully a call to a friend's mom who knew where it was set us straight. (T, thank your mom for us again!) We found it successfully after that and now we know where to go next time! We had seats up in the middle balcony but we took our sweet time getting there because the theatre is just so beautiful.

When we got to our seats, we had a pretty good view. Unfortunately there was a lady two rows down from me with really big poofy hair and I thought she would block the middle of the stage for the whole performance, but luckily she leaned back in her seat during most of the play (at other points she liked to scoot around which would block my view for a moment) Other than than, I saw it pretty well.

The play was absolutely amazing. Magic of the stage indeed! Everything was just so seamless and well done. All the parts were amazingly cast. Madame Giry was awesome, I was glad there seemed to be a little more of her in the play than there was in the movie. Meg was delightful, Carlotta a perfect diva with her airs and hard on the ears singing. Piangi (did I spell that right?) was ten times better than in the movie, Messers. Andre and Firmin were awesome, they are my favorite characters (besides the Phantom, of course) Raoul was twenty times better than that twerp they cast in the movie (he sang amazingly). Christine did a good job, but sometimes her singing got a little bit much for me. Maybe in a few years she'll go to Carlotta's role! And the Phantom! T, he was awesome. He was perfect. Marvelous! So much better than the movie. I mean, Gerard Butler is sexy and all, but he didn't quite have the voice for it. This guy, I wish he was on my soundtrack. When they came out for curtain call, everybody clapped for their favorite, but nobody stood up until he came out.

Phantom - John Cudia
Christine - Marie Danvers
Raoul - Adam Monley
Carlotta - Kim Stengel
Andre - D. C. Anderson
Firmin - Bruce Winant
Madame Giry - Patti Davidson-Gorbea
Piangi - Sal Sabella (I think, because there was a cast change)
Meg Giry - Joelle Gates

Edit - Thanks for correct my spelling, Jess

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's...

a post! (What did you think it would be? Superman? Don't be ridiculous, he won't appear for a couple more weeks.) Anywho, yes. It's a post. I know I haven't been updating a lot recently. I don't know. Does anyone besides my sister read this? Not that I'm complaining, I love my blog, but sometimes I wonder at the point of it.

Well, right now I'm sitting here, bored and awake too early for a day I am off (9:30 am). I figured I would clean my room to pass some time, because my Uncle Mike is coming over and I want it to look good just in case mom decides to give him a tour (again). But all I had to do was make my bed and straighten my pile of shoes. Then came the sudden realization that - wait, didn't I clean my room a couple days ago? Yup. And it's still clean. Everything dusted and straightened and lookin' pretty. So I hopped on my computer, checked all my webcomics, mail, and other peoples blogs. Now I'm bored.

Yesterday I practiced my parellel parking (finally). After mom picked me up from work we drove down to an empty school lot so that I could practice. She got out of the car after telling me the basics and stood where the bumper of the car in front of me should be. After three times, I had pretty much gotten the hang of it. Not perfect yet, but what do you expect?

Tomorrow is Phantom of the Opera! I'm so excited. I get off work early and I gotta come home and shower and get ready and then we'll be off! I think we have pretty good seats too - middle balcony. It would probably be best if we had lower balcony, but it was hard to find three seats together on the ticket site (stupid site). Oh well. I'd rather be up there than in the lower seats. (My sis told me that they really do crash the chandelier and that would totally freak me out) But the seats are pretty much in the middle, I believe, which is good.

Reasons why we love working with David:
David: My biological clock is way off today.
Me: You mean you're having the urge to have children before it's too late?
David: (pause) Well, that's not exactly the outcome I was looking for, but ok.
(We both laugh)
David: No seriously, it feels like a Sunday.

Oh man, maybe you had to be there, but it was so funny yesterday at work when that happened. I absolutely love some of my coworkers. David is one of them, we joke around so much. I wish I had a tape recorder with me when we're working together because we have the funniest conversations.

Oh! Did I mention (no) that Jessie and I got Are You Afraid of the Dark? For those who don't know what that is, it was a kid's tv program that ran on Nickelodeon way back in the nineties. The show featured a group of kids around a campfire called The Midnight Society and they would take turns telling spooky or weird stories. Great show. My sister and I were hooked on it when we were kids. Naturally it ended (after seven seasons though!) and we never saw or heard of it again. For awhile now, since everything has started coming out on dvd, we've been looking for it. Jessie found it on a site called Limited Classics. It was all seven seasons (99 episodes) for only 44 bucks. Oh baby, we snapped that up. It's not fancy but it's all there and in good condition. So far we've watched three or four of the eleven disks. Great stuff.

Also recently I've been watching a lot of my Batman cartoons. The animated series one (the only true one! ahem.) But I was bored, and when I just want something short to watch I pop a random disk in and just enjoy. That is truly the best Batman ever. And while I was watching it, I saw this one part with the Joker that I just HAD to have a picture of. Much searching on the net and I found it. The scene in the cartoon is basically one of the Joker's goons asks him a stupid question and this is the face Joker gets:

How can you not laugh at that?