Monthly Archives: December 2012

A tale of a scullery maid vs. a ticket-taker in a brothel (Cinderella vs. SINderella)

A tale of a scullery maid vs. a ticket-taker in a brothel (Cinderella vs. SINderella)

Ballet of the Dolls is a contemporary dance company that perform at the newly renovated Ritz Theatre in North East Minneapolis.  For the holiday season they chose to do two shows “Cinderella” and “SINderella”.  Since I had never seen a production by them I figured I would play it safe and see the more classic version.… Continue Reading

Video of the Week for 12/31/12

Video of the Week for 12/31/12

Oz has had a great impact on the world since it was written by L. Frank Baum a century ago in 1900.  There are plays and musicals that are all based upon the idea of good and evil.  “The Wizard of Oz” is a childhood classic starring the ever-so-talented Judy Garland.  “The Wiz” is a… Continue Reading

Video of the week for 12/24/12

Video of the week for 12/24/12

In light of the holiday season I chose to go with a Christmas classic.  Although not everyone may know the movie attributed to the song, most will know the lovely voice behind it.  At the end of “Meet Me In St. Louis” Judy Garland sings “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” to her youngest sister,… Continue Reading

A black twist on a classic fairytale

A black twist on a classic fairytale

The Ballet of the Dolls is a dance company in North East Minneapolis. They perform pieces at the Ritz Theater and tend to push the envelope of creativity. Last weekend I saw my first show there “Cinderella”. It was a very dark, dramatic piece and I loved it. It was not a typical ballet but… Continue Reading

Video of the Week for 12/17/12

Video of the Week for 12/17/12

  Barbra Streisand the Broadway Album: “Pretty Women/Ladies Who Lunch” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xf9-hxHFrJ0 No joke, last year I picked up this CD and it changed my life.  That may sound odd to some but it is true.  Well, my theater life at least.  Before that I had liked Barbra but didn’t know much of her repertoire.  After listening… Continue Reading

Video of the Week for 12/10/12

Video of the Week for 12/10/12

I’ve recently become obsessed with “Sunday in the Park with George”.  Last month I saw it at Bloomington Civic Theatre twice.  I was a volunteer usher and did not plan to blog on it.  Until, I could not let it go.  There was so much content I felt I had to write about it.  You… Continue Reading

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing loud for all to hear.” – Buddy the Elf

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is to sing loud for all to hear.” – Buddy the Elf

On Friday night as snow was falling my friend Jessica and I made our way to see “Elf” at the Ordway.  The ambiance in the theater lobby was spectacular.  The Ordway decorated for the season beautifully.  There were paper snow flakes, trees, blow up Santa’s, and you could even take your picture with people dressed… Continue Reading

Seven minutes to make or break it!

Seven minutes to make or break it!

If you are looking for local talent head to “Sample Night Live”!  The first Wednesday of every month there are different performers that entertain the crowd.  The acts each get seven minutes to give you a sample of what they do.  They range from dance, spoken word, music, comedy, puppetry and more.  The show starts… Continue Reading