Musicals and Me

For as long as I can remember, the world of the theatre has fascinated me. Movie musicals and family members playing tapes of musical soundtracks is what really made me fall in love. Classic movie musicals like The Sound of Music, the Wizard of Oz and Grease were constantly being watched.

In the summer of my eighth year of life, though, the movie adaption of the Broadway musical Hairspray opened in cinemas and I fell head over heels in love with the sixties themed musical; my eyes were glued to the movie as soon as I got it on DVD and I found myself watching the movie day after day after day. What excited me even further was that the show was due to open that October in London's West End and the dreaming process began. Never before had I been to a proper professional theatre and now I wanted to go more than ever.

In the summer of my ninth year of life, my Grandma and Auntie (who was over from Australia) decided to take me on a day trip to London. On that day, we walked down Shaftesbury Avenue and passed the Shaftesbury Theatre where the show was playing. Being a daydreamer, I stood on the island in the middle of the road and stared up at the theatre admiring the signage that stood outside. When the traffic lights changed colour, my Auntie ran into the theatre and my Grandma told me she needed the toilet. I shouted after her telling her that "you can't go into the theatre if you don't have tickets!" Knowing my made-up fact was totally wrong, my Grandma led me into the theatre to take a look at the merchandise. Whilst I stood there looking at the Hairspray branded products that were available, I began to wonder where my Grandma and Auntie had got to. 

Still being none the wiser, I spotted my guardians talking to a man behind a little window who looked like he was in a little office. I walked over and asked what they were doing, and that was when they asked me "Would you like to see the show this afternoon? Because your auntie bought us some tickets the other day..." and the feeling of absolute joy filled me from head to toe. 

Since that day, I've seen over 60 professional musicals and plays including shows like Wicked, Les Miserables, the Phantom of the Opera, Evita, the Lion King and so many more. Musicals have truly shaped my life and where I want my life to go ever since I fell in love with the world of acting at a very, very small age. I remember very clearly playing the leading roles in three out of the four school plays in primary school (I wasn't allowed to be the lead in the year six leavers musical because I had to "give someone else a chance"... but I'm not bitter, oh no) and I've also been lucky enough to play a mix of leading roles and ensemble roles in around ten other amateur musicals and shows in my teenage years so far. Each show brings me more joy than I can comprehend.

So, if you too are interested in the world of theatre and want to hear my reviews on shows I go to see, shows I've seen in the past, movie musicals I've seen and a whole host of other theatre related things then make sure to stick around and give me a follow on Bloglovin' to be constantly in the know. I look forward to seeing you once again around these parts in the very near future. *bows*

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