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  • theatre and Concerrts

    August 2  I lined up on the geriatrics bench to get tickets for Christine and me at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park last week. I set out early and reached the bench  before 9.30 in the morning thinking that I would be among the first–I did not want a repeat of the great disappointment of the previous week when the last ticket to be given out at noon went to the man immediately in front of Susan and myself! But I was wrong again; the bench was already two thirds full of aggressive oldies and I was once again on tenterhooks until the noon distribution. I was joined by Christine’s friend, Barbara, who , with her husband, were to make a foursome for the event. Both couples brought a bottle of wine to enhance the evening.

    And what an evening it was! Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Nights Dream” has never been done better in my view. Absolutely suited to the outdoor theatre. The set included a fairy forest with changing colored lights which added mystery to the actors who passed in and out of it. The cast included a nightclub singer. The costumes, not confined to one era, included a modern suit and gown.

    The mechanicals were a child’s delight. Part fairy tale, part pantomime the action was played at a spanking pace and was continuously amusing. What is more, Shakespeare’s words came across wonderfully well.

             

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Kelsey’s Christmas

Kiowa and Christie invited me to spend Christmas  with them this year. The guest list included Susan and Craig ( who motored from York, PA), John and Carol ( Christie’s parents) and a host of friends and relatives who popped in for the lavish brunch which the Crawfords had provided earlier on Christmas day.

But, this was  Kelsey’s day–the adults largely contented themselves with helping her open her mountain of gifts and enjoying the innocent wonder of a 4-year-old. The gifts included a puppet theatre and cast of puppets–I was assigned the lead puppet character, the Frog prince, (You can guess who played the Princess).  However, the action was not confined to the theatre: hide and seek was on the playlist. As, also was a game in which the Princess, on the count of four, dived onto my torso from the arm of the couch! Most exhilarating!

Her catalogue of expressions I will post separately following this one.

Click on the pictures for detail.

Outdoor view of the lawn

Outdoor view of the lawn

Indoor decoration. (We used to have a fairy at the top of our tree!)

Indoor decoration. (We used to have a fairy at the top of our tree!)

Kelsey's offering and note to Santa (left out on Xmas eve)

Kelsey’s offering and note to Santa (left out on Xmas eve)

First gift out of the Xmas stocking

First gift out of the Xmas stocking

There were chocolaty things to eat as well

There were chocolaty things to eat as well

A new cell phone! Just what I needed!

A new cell phone! Just what I needed!

Let show commence!

Let show commence!

Ladies and Gentlemen the play unfolds . . . . .

Ladies and Gentlemen the play unfolds . . . . .

 . . . . . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . . . . .

The next show will be in ten minutes time

The next show will be in ten minutes time

Jake, the pirate

Jake, the pirate

Medical alert . . . .

Medical alert . . . .

Craig was overjoyed with what Santa brought him!

Craig was overjoyed with what Santa brought him!

Dads come in handy sometimes . . . .

Dads come in handy sometimes . . . .

 . . . . free at last . .

. . . . free at last . .

nd show opening . . .

Second show opening  . . .

Second show opening . . .

. . . . . . .

. . . . . . .

. . . . . . .

. . . . . . .

The sad part?  . . . .

The sad part? . . . .

The princess and me . .

The princess and me . .

I see no  ships!

I see no ships!

Dad reads a story . . .

Dad reads a story with refreshments nearby . . .

Even toys need a rest . . . .

Even toys need a rest . . . .

Me hiding in a Wellington boot!

Me hiding in a Wellington boot!

 . . Jake's treasure . . .

. . Jake’s treasure . . .

A big kiss for Mum . . .

A big kiss for Mum . . .

Completely tuckered out!

Completely tuckered out!

Christmas Day expressions to follow.

 

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