The holidays tend to bring out the kid in all of us, and what better way to recount and experience that spirit and joy than a performance of Mary Poppins.
The world of theater is one of constant tension and release, of many beginnings and endings. You are in an adventure of some kind every moment, whether in the excitement of the opening, in the midst of the theatrical run itself, or in the poignant feeling of closing night.
Artists allow themselves to fall deeply into the artistic process. Time seems to stand still and self-expression takes over. This kind of involvement allows their innermost thoughts and feelings to find an outlet. Engrossing themselves deeply in the artistic process helps artists to slow down, and that allows creativity to flourish.
Musical theater is a powerful and popular form of stage performance. Last week I attended performances with music by Stephen Sondheim—a full musical production and an afternoon of his songs from various musical theater works. Many of us experience an emotional reaction to the music created by Sondheim. There’s a fundamental, inspiring humanness in his work.
A couple of months ago, I was sitting in the audience enjoying an outstanding performance of the musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. The actors were singing and dancing when suddenly one of the women lost her skirt—it fell off completely!
Last week I attended a Boston Early Music Festival performance of Handel’s opera, Almira. The opera is rarely performed and, according to experts, has never previously been staged in the U.S.