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    December 7. Went to the Met to see the abridged version of “The Magic Flute”. We have seen this production before and still the charm of the great puppet characters keeps the children in awe and their parents happy with their parenting. An amusing interlude.

    December 9. Saw the Manhattan School of Music’s production of “Cendrillon” by Nicolo Isouard at the Florence Gould Hall. The MSM is having both its concert halls renovated and is using outside premises like the Alliance Francaise’s hall. The School and its talented young students put everything they have into this production; Scenery, lighting, costumes and acting was superb. As was the directing and conducting. Refreshing also, was that the cast was of the age to be convincing in their parts.

    December 10. The first of the “Peoples Symphony Concerts” this season (Their 118th year!). “The Variation String Trio” did the honours accompanied by guest pianist: Orion Weiss. Their programme included a new work by Nina Young (b.1984) Very interesting, but not, I think, a world-beater.

    December 31 Went to the Kaye theatre at Hunter College  to see the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players’ production of “H.M.S. Pinafore”. Cast and orchestra captured the high spirits of the musical romp and the sets were surprisingly professional. Reminded me of the old Sadlers’ Wells days,

    January 2, 2018. Saw the Met’s “The Merry Widow”. During the first act, the acoustics left a lot to be desired and words were difficult to hear, even in English. But all went well in the second and third acts; the Russian style dancing was rousing and the sets were spectacular. There are usually only six ‘Grisettes’ (Can-can girls) on a regular stage, but the Met’s vast space seemed to be full of them; three, even, descending from the top of the proscenium arch! All with their frilly knickers a-shaking

     

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ARM-OF-THE-SEA-THEATER — A nursery tale

Last Sunday, I laboured up Central Park’s Great Hill with my chair and camera bag to see a show of life-size puppets which was to be performed on the summit. I was joined by a crowd of one hundred or so, mostly upwardly-mobile parents and their small children. The show was called “Hook, Line and Sinker”.

The theme of the show reflected the Founders’ intentions; it  pointed up the damage we are doing  to the ecosystem by the use of PCB’s, for example. It tried, also, to educate us on the  mechanics of chemical transference up the food-chain, but here, I think, the material was over the heads of the children and, I suspect, even some of the parents. But, it was amusingly done and the kids were highly delighted with the action no matter what their understanding of the story.

Here is my own picture narrative of the show:

Click on the pictures for detail

The spokesperson for the Central Park Conservancy introducing the afternoon's performance The spokesperson for the Central Park Conservancy introducing the performance . . . . .

The spokesperson for the Central Park Conservancy introducing the performance . . . . .

 

The Mallards introducing the Puppets . . . .

The Mallards introducing the Puppets . . . .

 

 . . . . . .

. . . . . .

 

 . . . . .

. . . . . take note!

 

The old fisherman, Ned introduces himself . . .

The old fisherman, Ned, introduces himself . . .

 

baiting up . . . .

baiting up . . . .

 

big fish eat smaller fish and so on . . . . .

big fish eat smaller fish and so forth . . . . .

 

Drum roll .. . . . our heroine, Emma

Drum roll .. . . . our heroine, Emma . . . .

 

 . . . met her husband Pepete at the local dance . .

. . . met her husband Pepete at the local dance . .

 

Ned is amused at the almost instantaneous result . . . .

Ned is amused at the almost instantaneous result . . . .

 

Like all good husbands, Pepete takes his pregnant wife fishing!

Like all good husbands, Pepete takes his vastly pregnant wife fishing!

 

 . . . Ned lends them his row boat . . .

. . . Ned lends them his row-boat . . .

 

 . . . Up the Husdon, they go . . . . .

. . . Up the Hudson, they go . . . . .

 

Emma hooks one . . . .

Emma hooks one . . . .

 

 . . . and while she is on the cell-phone telling all her friends about it . . . . .

. . . and while she is on the cell-phone telling all her friends about it . . . . .

 

 . . . a great lunker eats her catch and knocks her cell-phone overboard!

. . . a great lunker eats her catch and knocks her cell-phone overboard!

 

. . . after a struggle which takes them into the woods beside the stage, she lands her fish . . .

. . . after a struggle which takes them into the woods beside the stage, she lands her fish . . .

 

Two frog ascend from the depths and one of the returns her cell-phone.

Two frogs ascend from the depths and one of them returns her cell-phone.

 

While she is thanking them, the frogs turn themselves into bio-chemists and begin to explain the chemical goings-on in the universe and, particularly their effects on pregnant women !

While she is thanking them, the frogs turn themselves into bio-chemists and begin to explain the chemical goings-on in the universe and, particularly, their effects on pregnant women ! . . . . .

 

 

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Mum looks somewhat interested at this stage of the fetal development . . .

 

A transformed frog explains to Emma how best she can protect her fetus from the hostile environment we have got it into

A transformed frog explains to Emma how best she can protect her fetus from the hostile environment we have got it into . . . .

 

 . . . . . particularly, of concern, are the nasty PCB,s . . . .

. . . . . particularly, of concern, are the nasty PCB,s . . . .

 

.. . . they can be put through hoops of fire . . . .

.. . . they can be put through hoops of fire (Mum looks a bit more doubtful at this stage) . . . .

 

. . . . or banged over the head with an out-sized mallet . . . .

. . . . or banged over the head with an out-sized mallet . . . .

 

. . . . nothing will stop them ruing your fish . . .

. . . . nothing will stop them ruining your fish . . .

 

 . . . or interfering with your chemitry

. . . or interfering with your chemistry . . .

 

 . . . . . . .

. . . . . . . a devil on fish-back!

 

 . . .or polluting our rivers . . .

. . .or polluting our rivers . . .

 

But Emma is a quick learner . . .

But Emma is a shy but, quick, learner . . .

 

 

 . . . . she cuts away the fatty bits . . . . .

. . . . she cuts away the fatty bits . . . . .

 

 . . . . and the tasty bit down the middle . . .

. . . . and the tasty bit down the middle . . .

 

 . . . Pepete tries to put some of the taste back . . . . .

. . . Pepete tries to put some of the taste back . . . . .

 

Ned is invited to dinner. Although he is not feeling too well, he accepts . . .

Ned is invited to dinner. Although he is not feeling too well, he accepts . . .

 

There doesn't seem to be very much left of that giant fish?

There doesn’t seem to be very much left of that giant fish?

 

 . . . on the way, Ned explains the what bits of the blue-claw crab shouldn't be eaten by women in a certain condition . . . .

. . . on the way, Ned explains the what bits of the blue-claw crab shouldn’t be eaten by women in a certain condition . . . .

 

Congratulations!! Emma.

Congratulations!! Emma.

 

A baby gift for Emma- a rubber duck! . . . . .

                   . . . . . .   baby gift for Emma- a rubber duck! . . . . .

But. There was sadness too– According to the frog, Ned, the old fisherman died in his sleep during the night of the baby’s birth! Proof of that comforting adage: When one exits this mortal coil, another exits the womb!!

 

THE END

THE END

 

The cast exposed.

The cast exposed.

THE END OF THIS POST

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses

  1. Thanks for the story, a lesson to be learned. I would have liked to have gone however I was very busy cleaning my own stuff. Nereida 🌺

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