Well we finally got here in the end.
We love going to different shows in Melbourne and in 2019, we found out that Frozen, The Musical would be playing at Her Majesty’s Theatre. We booked tickets but the show was constantly being put on hold because of COVID lockdowns and finally, nearly 18 months later, we got to see the show.
We hadn’t received the tickets via mobile phone and in all honesty, part of me thinking was that it wasn’t going ahead. We’ve had many disappointments due to covid, that it’s now part of life to expect disruptions.
At one stage of the show, the curtain came down unexpectedly. I was expecting an announcement (like what happened to Moulin Rouge playing at the Reagent Theatre nearby) that there was a covid case and everyone had to be evacuated from the theatre. (We were lucky to have seen Moulin Rouge as soon as we came out of Lockdown 6.0). We had nothing like that. Instead, one of the props failed to close so they couldn’t continue with it opened into the next scene. Within a few minutes, they fixed the problem and the show went on.
One of the rituals that Andrew and I have is that we look forward to these events. There’s always a pre-theatre dinner somewhere (usually a brewery or a pub which is our preferred eating places than formal restaurants) then, buy the program and a souvenir, take some photos of us in the theatre before sitting back and enjoying the show.
We had taken our young nephews and nieces to see Frozen when it first came out and it was such a lovely movie that we watched it again this week on DVD before seeing it live at the theatre. The star of the show really isn’t Elsa, the Ice Queen (truth be told, she gets on my goat) because she could have saved all the trouble with her younger sister and just told the truth years ago. However, it’s her younger sister Anna which is the star of the show. Enthusiastic, curious, never giving up, naive and ever loving.
The show was spectacular and I believe the lighting was the best I’ve ever seen. The lighting had to be done in such a way to convey the different ice structures, stars and glistening walls. Sven the reindeer was also well done (akin to how the animals were conveyed by actors in The Lion King – another superb musical show).
Meanwhile Olaf, the talking snowman was a puppet that was controlled by a guy who moved Olaf using his feet and arms. After a while, we didn’t even see the human standing behind Olaf!
Overall, it was a wonderful show despite me worrying about how to stay safe in the crowd. I kept my mask on throughout and was constantly sanitising. It’s weird that I have to be mindful now of every crowd I see and consider my movements to keep distant as much as possible (although it was physically impossible in the theatre!)
Anyway, here’s a little video I created about our Friday night out this week to see the show.
Photo by Egor Kamelev on Pexels.com