|Le Petit Theatre|
|St. Louis Cathedral|
The Cathedral is one of my most favorite buildings to look at, so I had to include a picture of it for you. I could stand out in the square and just admire it all day. It's especially beautiful right as the sun is setting, and the sky above is varied colors of red, orange and purple. Amazing.
But anyhoo, back to the theatre.
The full name of the theatre is Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre, and it was founded in 1917. It is currently in its 94th season of productions, making it the oldest continuously operating community theatre in the nation. Pretty impressive, huh?
When you first walk into the building, a massive - and beautiful - chandelier grabs your attention. The lobby is decorated in a way that is somehow both current and reflective of its history. Then you head up the creaking staircase, and onto the balcony to be seated....
The theatre was much smaller than I anticipated, but it's not bothersome because you just feel a sense of intimacy about the room. Someone commented that no matter where you sit - floor or balcony - you have a great view of the stage, and I believe it. Our seats were excellent. Second row, center.
The actors were fabulous, especially characters Robbie (lead), George (cross-dressing friend) and an unnamed black man who at one point wore a strapless silver dress and stilettos - and DANCED in them! I was impressed.
It was wonderful. Every song, dance, costume change, set change. All of it was utterly fabulous. I know I must have grinned throughout the entire two and a half hour show, because my face still hurts this morning.
I wasn't expecting to laugh nearly as much, and I certainly didn't expect so much of my amusement to be a result of nearby audience members. There was a yuppy group, of which "mom" didn't realize that George was a man until about halfway through the show, then wanted to know "why is that man wearing girl clothes, and why is he dancing with the black man?" To which her son replied, "Mom, they're gay." "Oh," was her reply. (Note: George was obviously a man, and very obviously gay.)
All in all, the entire night was wonderful, and us girls decided to make a tradition out of it. Every other month or so we will go to dinner and a theatre production. We've already planned the next outing: "Hairspray" will be playing at Le Petit in September. I can't wait!