Friday May 17, 2013 / 8:00pmParade
Rear Orchestra Special
How was your experience?
First of all, we really like this venue and continue to go to their productions. It is always great to be not far from home, park for free, and not have to walk far to the venue. Getting tickets is always easy. With the deal of cheaper seats in the rear orchestra I opted for those. When I choose front seats I usually wind up in the last of that section anyway. Saved money, had a great seat as the rear of the theater slopes upward a tad more than the front does. I had purchased the tickets before the show had reviews and I had never heard of the show. Fingers crossed. I can pretty much ditto what most others said. It was hard to hear some of the songs, or understand the words as the orchestra was louder. Again, I was grateful to be toward the back, maybe the mics carried the voices more and we were farthur from the orchestra? Still hard to hear, but could have been much worse. It was muddled and some of the conversation and song lyrics were lost. It started with the old soldier solo at the beginning. We only got a part of what he sang. Yes, this may be a Plummer problem, as we have experienced this before, but it it is an ongoing problem you would think someone would make compensations? I don't know. I dread getting older and having my own hearing issues making it even worse. As far as the show, the story was very interesting. I enjoyed it. Hubby thought it very odd to make a musical out of it and some parts didn't flow very well. I guess I looked at it like we were the jury and only getting bits and pieces as they were shared with us. Not the entire truth or story. I didn't know any of the songs, and didn't remember the tunes to any of them by the time the show was over. But Hey, Yeah....Hey, Yeah...there were some catchy words. Wikipedia had a really nice write up about the show I would recommend reading before you go, or at least read the program before the show starts. The acting was very good and some of the voices were absolutely wonderful. The lead of course was unbelievably good, so much experience for one looking so young. We had never heard of 3-D but the show was very well directed, and the set was impressive with the many simple changes that were made to take you from one place to another. We were glad we went. I miss starred this show at first, this is a Goldstar Events website problem...it shows 4 stars on top, but there is a 5th below.