HHN 26: Updates

I’ve had a lot of things kinda drag me behind lately, so forgive my absence! I’ve missed updating you guys on the rest of the announcements for Halloween Horror Nights Orlando, and with it starting this week, and my own trip beginning next week, I probably need to catch up!

Here’s the rest of the house line up from the official Halloween Horror Nights site:

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Shakespeare Festival St Louis 2016

Saturday was a pretty wonderful day, starting with a trip to the Saint Louis Art Museum, and ending with the Shakespeare Festival St Louis presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream – which is my favorite Shakespeare play. Since I have quite a bit to write about, I’ll start with the Shakespeare Festival St Louis.

I’ve never gotten to attend a Shakespeare in the park type event even though I’ve really wanted to, so this was my first exposure to this type of event. And I have to say – I cannot wait to go back!

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You can pay for a reserved seat, bring a blanket, or go with our option and bring yourself a chair to sit in. We got there around 3 hours before the start of the main event – A Midsummer Night’s Dream – so we had a great chance to pick a shaded spot with a wonderful view.

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Best of 2015

There were a lot of ups and downs to 2015. Being unemployed for a few months really ruined some travel plans or me. But there were definitely a lot of great moments over all! I’d like to look back on some of my favorite things of the past year:

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Ian McDiarmid aka Emperor Palpatine

Star Wars Weekend 2015 at Walt Disney World:

While I fully plan to do an actual full post on the insane coolness which was this event, I do need to spoil it some now. In May last year, we took my nieces for their first ever trip to Disney World and Universal, and strategically planned it so the girls could go for Star Wars Weekends. Well, long story short, my nieces were picked to be in the opening parade, in which they’d be dressed as Jedi Padawans and given lightsabers and some quick training from the Jedi Academy, before leading the celebrity guests in that were riding in the parade. And they needed two adults to walk the parade with the girls… I WALKED IN THE STAR WARS PARADE WITH EMPEROR PALPATINE!

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Marvel Universe Live

Sunday was a fun-filled day of adventuring to St Louis for a few reasons. The first reason I’m covering is for the show Marvel Universe Live!

Here’s the trailer:

Marvel Universe Live is essentially a family friendly stunt show with a story line that involves more than¬†25 Marvel heroes and villains. I’ve been waiting for this tour to come through St Louis for well over a year now. I heard of it some time after the unfortunate end to Batman Live! (these two shows are not, from what I understand, connected to each other in any way in terms of companies), and decided since I loved Batman Live! so much, I’d definitely check this one out. It’s a similar premise – a super hero stunt show – and it was coming somewhere within a reasonable driving distance. I bought tickets a few weeks ago for myself, my nieces, and my mom and brother.

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At the Fox: Wicked

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Welcome to the first At the Fox post! “At the Fox” is a new series I’d like to start here about productions I’ve gone to see at the Fox Theater in St Louis, which is an absolute must if you visit St Louis and have the opportunity. What better way to start that WICKED?

Once upon a time (the time leading up to December 2012), I was a lover of theater that had never seen WICKED. Honestly, I was a bit skeptical about the show¬†before I saw it. WICKED, if you don’t know the show, is the untold story of the witches of Oz, specifically surrounding the “Wicked Witch of the West” and the events leading up to and during the Wizard of Oz. In retrospect, I have no idea why I just shrugged off seeing it when my mom did. But when WICKED came back to the Fox in December 2012, my mom bought a ticket for me and insisted I go. And I did. And I loved it. And I bought tickets to go again during that same tour.

Imagine my excitement when it was announced a few months ago that WICKED would be returning? Tickets were bought with enough time in advance for seats SIX ROWS BACK from the stage and in the center. Best seats I’ve had so far at the Fox!

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Honestly, I don’t know if it was the amazing seats, or the excitement to see it again, but this was seriously the BEST performance of WICKED I’ve seen. The entire cast was perfect in each roll, and the Elphaba (aka Wicked Witch of the West) was phenomenal. I was blown away! I’m really disappointed I won’t have a chance to see it again while it’s in St Louis, but I’m still so, SO happy with the one time seeing it this year.

So, if you’re ever in St Louis, check out the Fabulous Fox – and if WICKED ever comes on tour anywhere near you, check it out! Definitely a must see!

~Angel