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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Fame: Leicester Theatre Group.

Last night Me and my partner, Megan, went to see the Leicester Theatre Group production of Fame at Hansom Hall, we mainly went for Amy who is one of the cast members but I just wanted to write up a few words about it.

I didn't know anything about the show before it, only the main song (and everyone knows that!). I enjoyed the story and the music and I must praise the live musicians who sounded excellent. It's a show I think really worked for the age (yes there's some adult themes in there but they didn't really effect anything).

I must highly praise everyone on the stage, especially as this way their opening night. There was a few I wanted to name as they were excellent. Maeve Wood as Carmen Diaz has a voice to match any on the West End stage as does Joseph McErlean who played Nick Piazza. In the future I certianlly reckon these two have a future. Amy Crighton, Stef White and Aaron Patel offered great supporting roles, all of these stood out in the scenes where they were on stage. Praise the everyone off stage too, who are pulling great things with this company.

For an amateur production this was done really well. I'm sure everyone involved in this show is proud and they deserve to be.


For more information on the LTG company itself or to even join visit - http://www.leicester-theatre-group.co.uk/

Monday, 11 May 2015

Frozen Fever.

I confess maybe more recently I've had the Disney bug (with a holiday to Disneyland Paris and a trip to see Disney on Ice and also a highly obsessed Disney fan girlfriend, Megan), and these days you mention the word Disney and I think you'll probably get Frozen mentioned. Frozen has surpassed all expectations with how successful it has become (the sixth highest grossing film of all time). For me until recently I've not really been hugely converted, but now I'm almost obsessed!



A story of two sisters, Elsa who has magic powers of Ice and Anna a simple Princess who simply wants love. After Elsa runs away when her powers become apparent to the Kingdom of Arendelle but in doing so she plunges the land in to an eternal winter. Anna sets off to try to convince Elsa to return and in doing so end the deep freeze. Along the way they meet Kristoff, Sven and the snowman they created as children Olaf. (Seriously you must ALL know the story by now though!).

The catchy songs you just HAVE to give yourself into, who doesn't love a singing snowman dreaming of summertime? We ALL know the words 'Do You Want To Build A Snowman?', 'For The First Time In Forever' and 'Love Is An Open Door'. The writing duo Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez have created a soundtrack generations all around the world love and are inspired by. Kids and adults, all ages we know it word for word.


I couldn't mention the films music without mentioning the biggest hit from the film, Elsa's solo number 'Let It Go'. The song is simply superb, one of those songs that they couldn't have done it better. I found myself making my sandwiches today just casually singing it, I probably hum it most days and who among us hasn't said 'the cold never bothered me anyway'.
I went to see Disney on Ice yesterday in Nottingham, there was hundreds of children, girls and boys (and even a couple of adults) dressed as characters from the film, Elsa and Anna for the girls and Olaf for the boys! During the Frozen section people of all ages were singing along. You couldn't help but be dragged in.

Frozen may be the greatest Disney film of all time and quite possibly one of the greatest movies of all time. The film has and will continue to amaze children and adults for many years to come and rightly so. I for one have a bout of Frozen fever.


Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Our Disney Favourites


As me and Megan are massive Disney fan’s (and go to Disneyland in under 3 weeks!), we’ve decided to compile this blog of our favourites, done in a variety of different categories. 

Top 5 Disney Animated Films:
Megan:
1. Frozen

2. The Little Mermaid

3. Beauty and The Beast

4. Pocahontas
5. Tangled

Mark:
1. Hunchback of Notre Dame

2. The Lion King
3. Robin Hood
4. Sleeping Beauty
5. Mulan


Top 5 Disney Non-Animated/Part Animated Films:
Megan:
1. Song of The South
2. Bedknobs and Broomsticks
3. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
4. Enchanted
5. The Muppets
Mark:

1. The Muppets
2. Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
3. Mary Poppins
4. The Muppets Most Wanted
5. The Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.

Top 5 Disney Princesses:
Megan:
1. Ariel (The Little Mermaid)
2. Belle (Beauty and the Beast)

3. Anna (Frozen)
4. Rapunzel (Tangled)
5. Merida (Brave)
Mark:

1. Anna (Frozen)
2. Belle (Beauty and the Beast)
3. Mulan (Mulan)
4. Pocahontas (Pocahontas)

5. Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)
Top 5 Disney Princes/Heroes:
Megan:
1. Eric (The Little Mermaid)
2. The Beast/Prince Adam (Beauty and The Beast)

3. Flynn Rider (Tangled)

4. Kristoff (Frozen)
5. Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
Mark:

1. Walter (The Muppets/The Muppets Most Wanted)
2. Quasimodo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

3. Kermit The Frog (The Muppets/The Muppets Most Wanted)
4. Robin Hood (Robin Hood)
5. Captain Jack Sparrow (The Pirates of the Caribbean Film Series)
Top 5 Disney Sidekicks:
Megan:
1. Maximus (Tangled)
2. Olaf (Frozen)
3. Sven (Frozen)
4. Pascal (Tangled)
5. Mushu (Mulan)
Mark:
1. Abu (Aladdin)
2. Animal (The Muppets/The Muppets Most Wanted)
3. Baloo (The Jungle Book)

4. Genie (Aladdin)
5. Evinrude (The Rescuers)
Top 5 Disney Villains:
Megan:
1. Gaston (Beauty and the Beast)

2. Ursulla (The Little Mermaid)
3. Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

4. Prince Hans (Frozen)
5. Doctor Facilier (Princess and the Frog)

Mark:
1. Frollo (The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
2. Maleficent (Sleeping Beauty)

3. Scar (The Lion King)
4. Prince John (Robin Hood)

5. Hades (Hercules)