Sunday, 27 December 2015

A Christmas Story ... The Musical?

UNRAVELING EVERY present with anticipation, it took a few seconds to realize the sparkling implications of one small gift wrapped in plain brown paper. We were off to see a play in Vancouver called A Christmas Story, The Musical. This is one of my all time favorite Christmas movies that I have seen dozens of times. It seemed to me that it would be a herculean task to translate it into a musical. How could they possibly recreate the poignant messages, humor and timeless excitement, hopes, fears and imaginings of childhood on one single stage?

Composers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul superseded all expectations. The tunes were brilliant, the stage scenes and costuming were concise and sublime, spilling out into the ticket booth where the infamous "leg lamp" was highlighted. Each actor played their part with perfect zeal. This was a great opportunity for child actors to showcase their talents and they, too, superseded expectations. Even the dog actor that appeared at one point oozed with professionalism.

The wonder unfolded before our eyes. We shared a great memory that day, thanks to this gift of a play from our daughter Holly. The relatable classic tale about life unraveling in its non-picture-perfect way had me grinning from ear-to-ear throughout. Buried deep within the emotional whirlpool the season inspires, I got a big dousing of laughter and joy so often only talked about at Christmas.

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  1. Oh I'm so very glad it was good! It is such an iconic Christmas memory for everybody ... So glad the musical lived up to it! Wish I could see it some year. What a great gift.

    Happy New Year!

  2. Wonderful photography as well as a wonderful show seen by you ~

    Wishing you a Happy New Year,
    artmusedog and carol

  3. Thank you for sharing the beauty. Wonderful photography indeed!!!

    Wishing you a beautiful and very Happy New Year!!


  4. What a great pressie - especially as it was good, we are off to see Ghost - the Musical, a Xmas present also, from our kids!
    Wren x

  5. What a thoughtful Christmas present!

  6. What a wonderful gift from Holly! That your beautiful memories were enhanced rather than disappointed is just the best news. I'm "grinning from ear-to-ear" at the thought of your happiness! Love the photographs!


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