Note: This is a backdated entry.
Before the show.
This is the event I chose for my live event, and it’s probably the most different event from the rest of them in that it’s not a professionally-staged event.
I chose to go to A Day in the Life because my friend Caroline is actually starring in it! It’s an original musical so I don’t really know if I will find it good or not, but I’m hopeful it will be the former, and I’m sure Caroline’s going to be great in it because she gives me the vibes of a good actor.
At this point, I’m mostly looking forward to the show and wondering if knowing someone in the cast will change my experience of the event. Will I enjoy it more just because she’s my friend? Probably—I love supporting my friends so I’m sure that even if I might not enjoy some parts of the show, I’ll try to look for the best in it instead of writing it off completely, for Caroline’s sake.
The proceeds for the tickets are also going to a charity, which makes my attendance feel morally correct, if I’m being completely honest. I’m sure that gives the people participating in the production and the audience members the feeling that whatever goes on tonight, it’s at least happening for a great cause.
Honestly, I’m not really sure what else to write about this because I’m not sure what exactly I’m going to expect, in terms of the story and the performances. Whatever I might think, however, I recognize that putting on any type of live event is a labour of love, and that these people are amazing for rallying together to put on a production for a good cause. Even just looking at the cast list, I can see that there are a lot of people involved, and I’m sure all of them are proud to be a part of this production, to have put in their sweat (and maybe tears, but hopefully no blood), and to put on this show.
After the show.
The show ended up being a feel-good show!
I will admit that the singing and the acting wasn’t the most top-notch singing and acting I’ve ever seen in my life, but like I mentioned, they worked hard and they came together and put on this show and it was still fun to watch. Besides, going up on a stage to perform is already a feat in itself and takes a lot of bravery, in my opinion, so those people are already great for being able to do that.
The storyline itself was about two girls—one a famous singer/actor, the other a girl being bossed around by a clique—and they were both unsatisfied and unhappy in their lives. They end up switching lives due to the interference of a witch, learn some lessons, and end up volunteering at a shelter (and then we find out the witch is actually also someone in charge at the shelter).
At times, the story felt dry and slow, and it turned a little bit preach-y when the girls got to anything involving the shelter, but the message about being happy with what you’ve got and becoming happier by helping others came through loud and clear. Furthermore, even though I might have felt this way during the show, the ending was still good enough to make you forget about all the dry parts and feel good about life, and happy for the characters.
I was the most impressed with the choreography. It was revealed to us at the end, during the thank you speeches, that the production only really started rehearsals in January. I just watched over two hours (they ran late) of cohesive dance choreography and blocking, and now knowing that all that was put together and memorized in less than three months, I can’t help but be impressed. The dances were the fun parts of the musicals, each song having its own choreography, and the ending number had the whole cast (they were a big cast) walking around the stage in a patterned formation.
I also really enjoyed the performances of the main girl that played a famous singer, the witch, and that of my friend Caroline! I found these three the most compelling to watch (and I mean this about Caroline honestly, and not just because she’s my friend). I found them to be the most charismatic and the least shy on the stage. They were comfortable in their roles, their voices projected, and they delivered their comedic lines with the right rhythm. Whenever they were on the stage, it was a pleasure to watch them and be drawn in to how their characters were feeling and what they were saying.
One last thing I want to mention is the lights. They actually had some interesting lighting. I figured since it was a show done by a club that wasn’t at all related to the theatre department, they would have very simple lights and lighting cues. Instead, there were some gels being used to add colour to the dance numbers and highlight some emotions, spotlights at certain points in time, and some dramatic lighting for the sadder parts of the story. I was surprised and pleased to find out it was my friend Franco doing the lights for (and actually calling) the show.
Anyways, it was definitely an amateur show, but it was also definitely a lot of fun to go out and support my friend and the cause her club cares about. It was also really nice to watch them all come together on stage at the end and radiate that happy community feeling you get when you create something you’re proud of alongside people you love and you’re finally able to show it to other people.
It was a nice reminder to me about why I really love live events: it’s exhilarating to create, witness, and/or perform beside people you respect, to have an audience recognize your hard work, and to be able to look your audience in their eye and have them react. It’s that community feeling, and that adrenaline, and the love that swells when you do something you love.
A Day in the Life was an enjoyable experience and a great way to spend a Sunday evening.
Hello! My name is Reine Tejares, and this is my blog for THE 2100: The Theatrical Event at the University of Ottawa.