Going to the movies as a kid was something that I dreamt of doing. My parents weren’t movie goers. Why go to the movies when we had a fine black and white television set that worked just fine? I tried to explain the excitement of seeing a picture on the big screen. They informed me that they had gone to the movies once. It was too long to sit through on uncomfortable seats. It was a double feature. It was The Ten Commandments. Honest, I can’t make this stuff up.
The first movie I got to see was “Grease”. I was nine years old. The music was good, but I didn’t really understand the whole boy/girl drama. The theatre was packed so the only seats left were the very front row. My neck hurt afterward and the sight of seeing such big heads on-screen made it difficult for me to walk among the normal headed people after the movie. Did I complain to my parents about it? Heck no. That would mean no more movie going.
Over the years I had gone to the movies regularly. When I started attending University I met new friends. They talked about driving into downtown Toronto to see live shows. They loved the show. They would make a whole evening of it. They would get all dressed up. They would start with dinner at a restaurant and then the show afterward. The theatre, where real live people were on a stage performing. I had always wondered what it would be like to go to one of the shows. I do recall the price was really high and my meager student budget didn’t have room for this luxury. So, I lived vicariously through my friends as they told me about the shows they saw.
One day my sister-in-law called and asked if we wanted to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. I looked at Wiseguy with those pleading “just this one time” eyes. (Note: Wiseguy and I have never even been to a movie theatre together. He is very tall and is long leggedy and you just can’t curl up those legs to sit comfortably in the narrow aisles.) Those older theatres don’t have much leg room either, but those pleading eyes of mine did the trick. Either that or I just looked soooo pathetic that he didn’t want to have to deal with me skulking around if he said no. So, off to the theatre!
We dressed up. We went out for dinner. We went to the theatre! I was bursting with excitement. I was like a kid going to the amusement park for the first time. I kept whipping my head around to drink in my surroundings. The outside of the building was brick. The inside was dark cherry wood with red velvety seats. Large red curtains bracketed the stage. There were balconies, just like in the movies…you know, like Pretty Woman when she goes to the opera. Yes, I was over excited and overwhelmed and beyond happy to be there. Then, the little ding ding, to tell everyone to have a seat as the show was about the begin. I held my breath with anticipation.
The singing was so intense that I had goosebumps. The costumes were vibrant. The dancers were remarkable. Even better, Donny Osmond, my childhood crush, was Joseph. Awesome! It was Beautiful! It was Amazing! Now I totally understood why my friends loved going to the theatre. Such a different experience from the movie theatre.
Last year I got a pamphlet from our local performing arts centre. They had an early bird special for a 5 show package. I wanted to go. I had to go. I decided that it was time for me to treat myself. Interestingly enough, the price for the tickets was quite reasonable. About $53.00 a show. Not bad, considering that movie theatre tickets with popcorn and drink comes out to almost $30.00. Wiseguy didn’t want to sit in a squishy seating place, but he told me to go for it and enjoy. Even better, he would drive me to and from each show. Win win for me! So I got to see Cats and Riverdance and My Fair Lady and Mama Mia. One more show to go: Young Frankenstein. I am hooked on musicals! I loved every show. I even got first balcony seating to fulfill that dream as well.
My bucket list has quite a mish-mash of dreams and wishes. Some days I add to the list. Some days, I am very happy to be able to scratch some things off my list.
go to fancy old theatre and enjoy the live show