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Shows and Trips

Pam, Bob, and I went to the world premier of the musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's 'A Little Princess' a couple of Thursdays ago at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. That was nice, it's a pretty childish show, but fun. The changed the plot from the book quite a bit. Sara came from Africa, Queen Victoria was involved in several places, there were no diamond mines, and her father didn't die this time 'round. I think the best thing it had going for it, was the frequent interspersing of African drums and dance in many of the imagining sequences. The music was good, and the actress who played Sara Crewe was excellent. She also reminded me a lot of my little sister, that may have had something to do with it.

Anyway, it was a good show, but it was really aimed at children. The musical adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett's 'The Secret Garden' was a much better musical. It had similar themes of Indian music interspersed into the English story, which was great, but more importantly, it had a much more passionate and dramatic story line. Although I'd say the book is as much of a children's story as 'A Little Princess', the musical adaptation of 'The Secret Garden' was much more focused with the adult romances, intrigues, and adult-child relationships. In 'The Secret Garden' the peak/turning moment of the story is between Archibald Craven and Lilly's ghost, when they do there not-quite touching dance, and sing 'How Could I Ever Know.' I can't even think about that scene without misting up. :-D The strongest passion in 'A Little Princess' was between Sara and her father, and that's just not quite the same level of intensity. I guess it could have been, but it would have been a much more demanding part for a child actress, and I guess that wasn't the direction the lyricist and composer were interested in. Conclusion: I'll keep my sound track to 'The Secret Garden', one of my favorite musical, and I probably won't be buying the sound track to 'A Little Princess'

I also saw Rent with Bob, at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts last Friday. It was pretty good... The music was not completely intelligible, but I liked the story line. Unfortunately, I think I liked a local community choir rendition of 'Seasons of Love', better than the one in the show. The actors in the show didn't blend very well all together.

Then the four of us drove up to Sacramento to visit some friends this weekend. Fun. This month has been pretty busy.