|Notice how she wants to hug Baby Sister for photos.|
While it wasn't Georgia's first theatre experience, it was her first in downtown Houston at a very fancy venue. She was completely amazed by everything when we got there. She was treated like royalty from the parking lot to our seat, with the ticket takers and ushers calling her ma'am and bringing her a booster seat. She was enthralled with the twinkling stars on the ceiling and said "Wow, I didn't know it would be like this! I thought there would be streamers!" Just watching the awe in her big brown eyes as she took everything in was enough for me - I didn't even need to she the show to be happy and entertained.
David and I used to go to theatre shows now & then, and I had forgotten how much I liked it. Our Mary Poppins show time was 8 pm and I knew it would be a late night (we ended up walking back into our house at midnight), so I wasn't particularly excited all day Friday. But as soon as the first actor walked onstage and started singing, I was really into it. This production's talent was phenomenal! I had seen Christina Decicco as Glinda in Wicked, and she also played Eva in Evita on Broadway. Miss Andrew's voice could shatter glass, too. The ensemble was comprised of amazingly talented dancers.
Georgia was a little concerned during the first act with all of the magic. She has been freaked out by some 3D movies before and, just like then, she kept asking for reassurance that the actors were just people dressed up and that we weren't actually "in the movie". But by intermission, she couldn't stop singing "Spoonful of Sugar". Like literally couldn't stop singing that line (see video below). We came home and worked on it over the weekend, and now she knows more of the lyrics.
The biggest thrill for me was all of the tap dancing during "Step In Time". I love a good tap routine, and this was completely amazing. So much talent! Everyone was bopping around in seats and clapping hands along with the music. It was a great experience! The video below isn't from Houston's production, and watching it on YouTube in no way compares to how amazing it was in person - but it will give you a small taste. Tapping starts at about 1:30 into the video.
It was a fun night and I'm so happy to have gotten to share in Georgia's first big theatre experience. If you ever have a chance to see this production, definitely go for it! I actually wasn't a fan of the Mary Poppins movie when I was younger, but I had the Disney book on tape and loved the songs. Getting to see them perfected with such talented choreography definitely made me a fan of the Broadway version!
Oh yeah! Mary also flew across the theatre. Up, up and away, right over our heads! Georgia was so into it, waving and saying "bye-bye Mary!" She did, however, wake up Saturday morning concerned with how Mary was able to fly away and still make it back down for curtain call. It's magic!