I have mentioned before that I love my iPod and on it is stored lots of different music. Included is music from West End Shows which I love. As a child, I was lucky to go to some great shows at the local Kings Theatre in Southsea as our teacher was the Conductor with the Portsmouth Players. I first went to a West End show on 18th October 1991 to see what will probably be my favourite show, Miss Saigon. I remember seeing it being performed on the Terry Wogan show in 1989 and knew that I had to see it. It was a Friday night and going to see the show in Drury Lane was just magical. It was an experience that will stay with me forever.
25 years after this and I have seen many musicals. I say Miss Saigon is my favourite but each time I go to see a show, I love them all for different reasons. The theatre experience is not the cheapest of night’s out but such an enjoyable one for me. Even before I hit 50, my daughter insisted my birthday should start early and treated me to see Guys and Dolls. We both went in not knowing what the musical was about and were treated to a brilliant show with some wonderful talent. Hearing Richard Fleeshman sing just brought tears to our eyes – what a voice. This is certainly one of the reasons why I love going to the theatre, and whether it is professionals or amateurs, I can’t help get goosebumps when I hear amazing voices.
I am lucky to live close to many theatres so do have quite a good choice of shows. One of the theatres is Chichester Festival Theatre in one of our favourite cities which we love to shop in. The theatre does have a lot of new musicals appearing in the Summer season and I have always said “I wish I had seen that show”. When I saw that Half A Sixpence was going to be there for the summer season, I was determined to go. I remembered watching the film many times as a child and loving Tommy Steele’s big grin in it. Tickets purchased, we made our way to Chichester and I thought it would be a good idea to achieve challenge 37 – buy a new lipstick.
I decided that I would treat myself to a special one and as I haven’t got a clue when it comes to make up, I headed to the Clarin’s counter at House of Fraser and ask for assistance. A lovely lady called Alicia tried three lipsticks on me. She got the sale before even trying them on as she told me my lips were beautiful! I liked all three but decided to go for the in between one called Rosewood. Not too bold but would be fine for day time to night time. It was a bit of an expensive purchase for someone who doesn’t spend on make up but it was worth it.
After a downpour of rain which meant we stayed in House of Fraser for lunch, we made our way to the theatre in sunshine. The grounds of the theatre are lovely and I did refuse a glass of champagne from the Nyetimber bus. Reason being I would have probably fallen asleep whilst watching the show.
Well there wasn’t any chance of me doing that. I do get so engrossed in musicals. I did love the singing and the familiar songs but I couldn’t keep my eyes of the lead, Charlie Stemp. His dancing was fantastic. I did love the Money to Burn song with the banjo music. The finale was the familiar Flash, Bang, Wallop which is such a joyful end to the show. I certainly came away loving the show.
Well Flash, Bang Wallop brings me on to another completed challenge. I had to buy a Lanzarote frame when in Lanzarote. That was the easy part.
I then had to print a picture of myself with my son and daughter taken whilst we were in Lanzarote. Whilst we took lots of pictures, the only photos we had together were when we took the day trip on my 50th to Fuerteventura. Hopefully I will be allowed this one.
Now printing it wasn’t as easy as I thought. It needed cropping and after a few failed attempts, Chris took pity on me and almost fitting some of the lyrics in Flash, Bang, Wallop, it was “stuck in the fam’ly album” – well frame!
So there are two more challenges completed. Must get on with a few more now.