I’ve always loved musicals. The music speaks to me and fills me with magical wonder. It draws me into the setting and allows me to be someone else for a short while. My family often grin at the mention of musicals and tell me that my eyes almost sparkle and I have a ‘child-like’ expression of excitement.
On Saturday I went to see Mary Poppins, the stage show. It was brilliant! It’s the first stage show I’ve seen … in … well … several decades! When I was a kid my parents were friends with several couples who were part of a theatrical group. They put on numerous shows over the years. I can vaguely remember a few – Fiddler on the Roof, Carousel, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hair and, of course, Mary Poppins.
Back then, the shows were in a small hall and the kids sat on the floor. When I think about it now, it’s amazing we could see anything. The theatre group did the best they could with what they had. It was often gritty and imperfect, but we always enjoyed ourselves. Afterwards, everyone would congregate (the kids would play while the parents consumed a glass or two of wine) before going home. They are good memories.
As you can see my previous experiences with stage shows has been limited to … I don’t want to say unprofessional, but compared to what I saw on Saturday, it seems almost the right word. Saturday’s performance was definitely professional, amazing, and I’m sure I had a sparkle in my eye.
I went with my mother. She’s a young 74 year-old. We sat side-by-side and it warmed my heart when I heard Mum gasp with pleasure. At one stage she grabbed my arm and said, “Karen, did you see that? It’s magic!” And I believe she really thought it was and I was willing to believe it myself. I found myself smiling like a fool, or maybe I was smiling like a delighted child. Who knows? Who cares? The cast were brilliant. The singing was great. And the theatrical effects were outstanding. Mum and I were whisked away and shared a magical experience together which will stay with me forever.
I’ve been missing out on something good in the world. I don’t intend to wait so long before I see another stage show.
Mary Poppins is highly recommended and if I had a star system available this one would receive 5 out of 5 stars.