on saturday i worked a film screening of the 1988 movie "beetlejuice" at our local cultural center. it was a perfect film choice right before halloween and there was a surprisingly large turnout of people. it has been years since i have watched that movie and i forgot just how bad it was . . . seriously, why do people like this movie so much?!
one of the genres of theatre that i love the most is children's theatre, but we don't get to do a lot of it at our venue. so, i was thrilled when we got the chance to bring in the touring musical "judy moody and stink" which is based on the children's book series.
after 13 months of planning, i was happy to be able to stand back and see the show on sunday. i absolutely loved it and hope to be able to do more shows like this in the future. i didn't get any photos of the show, but did get to snap a picture of the cast before the show.
on friday we kicked off the broadway tour season at our local cultural center with the national tour of the broadway musical "a bronx tale." ryan and i both worked the load in which was exceptionally long, and ryan had show call for the whole weekend while i was off working other shows elsewhere.
my parents and i went to see the show when it opened on friday night. i had wanted to see this show when it was on broadway, but never got a chance, so i was glad to be able to get the chance to see it on tour. it was a great show!
. . . lots of snow with some low-lying fog. that's what it looked like last week inside our theatre when we had to do a test run of the liquid snow and the dry-ice fog for our upcoming production of the nutcracker.
it's no secret that we're not sports fans, but we can't pass up free tickets. i got free tickets for our local hockey team's wednesday night game last week. we happened to be free on wednesday night, so we made a little date night out of it. we grabbed a bite to eat for dinner after work at a restaurant that we like near the arena before heading into the arena for the game. our seats were good, the game was fun, and our home team even won.
last tuesday we helped out our local stage hands union with a spotlight training class. even though ryan and i are both very well versed in spotlights, it's always nice to partake in free-to-us training opportunities to learn something new and sharpen our skills. i couldn't resist snapping these two photos of ryan when he was standing down on stage because the light from the spotlight looked so cool on him.
we both had the day off work on monday (thank you, columbus day!) so we decided to do something fun. each of us have been to dorney park when we were younger, but we had never been there together, so we took a trip down to allentown to spend the day at the amusement park.
i've spent many a summer day running around amusement parks, but i had never been to one in the cooler fall weather and it was glorious. the weather was absolutely gorgeous on monday and the park wasn't crowded at all! we never had to wait in line and walked right on large rides like roller coasters which typically have lengthy wait times in the summer. it was great!
we had so much fun riding all of the rides like kids. it was a great escape for the day! here are a few pictures from the day that i snapped on my phone . . .
^this guy loved the crazy metal roller coasters that went upside down. he really surprised me at how much he loved the nutty rides!^
^i always love a carousel ride, especially right after lunch. it's the perfect calm ride to digest lunch before the crazy rides!^
^yup, we went all the way to the top of that tower! it was wild!^
^it was really neat to see the park decorated for halloween. they really went all out with the decorations!^
^even though ryan loved the crazy upside-down roller coasters, he hated the simple ones that didn't go upside down because he didn't like the big drop. this is the face he made when we got off the ride. (insert eye roll here.) come on, steel force is a classic and when i was a kid it held the record as the tallest roller coaster!^
^we rounded a bend and found a section of the park devoted to these monster trucks. we had never seen anything like them. it was a special attraction added just for a few weeks in the fall and we happened to be there while they were operating them. we were surprised to learn a ride on one of these crazy things was included in our admission price. we thought for sure it would have cost extra. we waited in line for a little bit and then got moved up to the front of the line to fill in 2 empty spots which turned out to be right up in front next to the driver. it was pretty cool!^
^it really felt like we were driving in a demolition derby or something like that!^
^i spy ryan rounding the bend behind that poll. when i got off the classic cars ride the attendant said "i'd give you a 9 out of 10." i said "you probably would have given me a 2 out of 10 if you saw me taking pictures of my husband while driving!"^
^we ended the day with the ferris wheel and it was the perfect last ride because we had an awesome view of the park from way up high!^
on sunday afternoon we went to a local cemetery to see a group of actors perform. this is the first time we've seen the group perform their annual cemetery tour where they reenact tales of people from our area who are buried in the cemetery. it was an interesting walk through history on a gorgeous autumn afternoon. luckily, it wasn't scary at all!
if you see this picture and think "spoiled" you are 100% correct. this guy knows how to con us, even getting us to agree to let him eat breakfast in bed like a little king. it's okay though, because we wouldn't have it any other way!
on saturday evening after work, we went out to run a few errands. we were starving, so we popped into a newly opened ramen noodle shop in our town. we tried the vegetable noodles two different ways and liked them both. it was a fun little saturday night noodle date!
yesterday evening, we were sitting in our room looking at something on my phone. we were pretty engrossed in what we were watching on my instagram stories because we didn't even realize leko was sitting right below us. we looked up from the phone, and looked down to see him sprawled out on the floor by our feet. he was like, "mom and dad, pay attention to me!" what a silly guy!