Thursday, October 31, 2013

Where is Halloween?

 Court created another of her costume masterpieces from scratch.
Triceratops or rather 'Tricey'
from a Doctor Who episode 'Dinosaurs on a Spaceship.'
Needless to say she was a hit in her campus office
and BYU Facebook put her on their page:)

 And Coryn who has always loved pandas
finally decided to be one for a day.
Caitlyn created her costume from scratch as well.
'Sally' from one of our family's favorite holiday films
'The Nightmare Before Christmas.'
Her singles ward had a big Halloween bash.

Ironically, the youngest daughter was not even interested
in dressing up this year.

As for the trick-or treaters...
it was sort of a bust in our neighborhood.
We seem to be getting less and less as the years go by.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Daisy from Downton

 On our second night in London we attended the theatre
and this gal walked into the lobby.
You Downton Abbey fans will know her.
Sophie McShera.
No one seemed fazed by her or acted like they knew her.
We've noticed that is how it is in general with actors in London.
People pretty much leave them alone and don't fawn over their 'celebrity.'
We're a little more crazy that way in the USA.

Anyway, we debated for a few minutes whether we 
should acknowledge her, compliment her acting
and perhaps ask for her autograph and a photo. 
But we came to the conclusion that she was on a date
and we wouldn't trouble her. 
We couldn't resist a sneaky phone photo though.
Court took this at my insistence. 
We actually stood by her for quite awhile and as
we were let into the theatre her coat brushed against my arm
and it felt like some sort of yeti fur. Haha.
She is quite lovely.
(Stay tuned for more of our theatrical adventures.)

Monday, October 28, 2013

"I feel it in my bones..."

 Friday night, my jet-lagged body took Cammy to
Weber State University's Dee Event Center to the
sold out Imagine Dragons concert.
(Yes, I know. I'm a cool mom.)
 We were celebrating the end of Cammy's first term in high school.
She made the honor roll.
High fives all around.
 My friends Atlantic Record's Fictionist opened the concert.
They sounded amazing and gained thousands of new fans.
It was fun to meet them afterwards and get hugs.

 We had a blast!
The energy and excitement in the arena was amazing.
The concert was incredible.
It is still surreal to think that just two years ago 
Imagine Dragons was playing small concerts in my town
and I got to spend time hanging with them in a greenroom.
Their international rise has been impressive to say the least.
We heard them on the airwaves all over London.
And look at this handsome guy we ran into outside the arena.
If you don't recognize him, you must not be watching Kid History,
and you should be.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Jolly Jet Lag

We're back.
And running on empty...
I will soon share the adventure.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

London's Calling...again

photo: Clarence House

I'm off to pay my respects to little Prince George.
I will report upon my return.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Another Glorious General Conference

President Thomas S. Monson shaking a young man's hand after a session of General Conference.  photo: MormonNewsroom

Seriously, my favorite weekend of the year!
So much food for thought and wonderful counsel from our church leaders.
I wish it could last a few days longer.
But it's time to get up off the couch and implement those teachings.

I love this:

"I testify of the holy resurrection. That unspeakable cornerstone gift in the Atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ. With the Apostle Paul, I testify that that which was sown in corruption will one day be raised in in corruption, and that which was sown in weakness will ultimately be raised in power. I bear witness of that day when loved ones whom we knew to have disabilities in mortality will stand before us glorified and grand, breathtakingly perfect in body and mind. What a thrilling moment that will be. I do not know whether we will be happier for ourselves that we have witnessed such a miracle or happier for them that they are fully perfect and finally free at last.

"Until that hour when Christ's consummate gift is evident to us all, may we live by faith, hold fast to hope, and show compassion one of another."

--Elder Jeffrey R. Holland

Friday, October 4, 2013

Fantastic Frank
Thursday evening my husband took me to the
 Frank Wildhorn and Friends Concert at BYU.
One of my great loves is the musical theatre,
and one of my favorite contemporary composers
in this genre is the wonderful Mr. Wildhorn.
(Rounding out my top three are 
Stephen Sondheim and Jason Robert Brown.)

 photo: Adrienne Warren
Frank Wildhorn at soundcheck in DeJong Concert Hall yesterday.
(In my past life I performed several times in this venue and it is an awesome space.)
Mr. Wildhorn brought 3 current Broadway stars
 to sing from his library.
(Oh, and did I mention he is a multi-Grammy 
and Tony Award winner?)
For those not familiar, here is a run-down
 of just some of his shows:

 One of my all-time favorites.
Our girls grew up hearing all these songs
and they could sing any of them if you asked.
 Took my mom a few years ago
 to see this at the Hale Center Theatre
when Merrill Osmond starred.
Gorgeous and poignant.

 Based very closely on the classic book.
Beautiful, haunting melodies.
 Caitlyn and I saw this at the Hale
when she was in high school
and she had a huge crush on Ben Hale
who starred in the production.
He was awesome.
 Fun, jazzy modern take on
Alice in Wonderland.
Local actress, Natalie Hill had a major role
in this when it played Broadway a few years back.
I love the CD.
 This played Broadway last year.
Former local actor Claybourne Elder had a starring role.
The jazz and blues-style music takes you right to the era.

 Not only is Frank Wildhorn a Broadway composer,
but he made his mark in the pop world with Arista Records
when he wrote one of Whitney Houston's #1 hits,
"Where Do Broken Hearts Go?"
Thousands of artists have recorded his music.
This fabulous singer, Adrienne Warren, sang the lights out of that song,
and singing Whitney Houston is no easy task.
Adrienne graduated from college only 4 years ago and has an impressive resume.
She most recently starred in Broadway's Bring it On.
And she was a featured performer on this years Tony Awards.
Mr. Wildhorn discovered her vocal talent when she was 16
and encouraged her parents to do what they could to get her to NYC.
 This guy is as charming as they come.
Darren Ritchie is a Broadway veteran.
His vocal quality is outstanding. Expressive and pure.
When he sang "Sarah" the love letter from Civil War
tears were leaking down my face.
Darren originated the role of Jonathan Harker in Dracula,
and recently starred in Wonderland.

 Wow, does this girl have a set of pipes!
Jackie Burns knocked our socks of with every song she sang.
Her belt, especially in the high range was amazing,
and yet her softer vocals were controlled and lovely.
I can see why she has played the role of Elphaba (see below)
in Wicked on Broadway the past two years.

photo:Kimmie Bunker
BYU MDT students strike a silly pose with Frank and Friends.
Mr. Wildhorn sat at the piano throughout backed by an impressive trio
who play regularly at the famed Birdland venue in NYC.
He wove stories between songs and it was such a fun and relaxed concert.
He and the singers had spent the day at BYU doing master classes
with the musical theatre and commercial songwriting students.
In fact, he invited a group of students to sing one of the numbers with Darren,
backing him on "Into the Fire" from The Scarlet Pimpernel
It was wonderful and I imagine such a thrill for them.
He continually praised the talent and impressive university all night,
even donning a BYU hat.
It was great to look around the audience and see the "who's who" of
the local musical theatre scene.
I sang the songs all night in my sleep:)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

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