Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)


Hey blog world! Today’s daily post is “Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This”

What is the best dream you’ve ever had? Recount it for us in all its ethereal glory. If no dream stands out in your memory, recount your worst nightmare. Leave no frightening detail out.

I’ll tell you both my best dream and worst nightmare. Both of these involve Peter Halley Peter Halley. My best dream was definitely the dream I had where I was in Peter’s arms and he gently rocked me as he sang “Drink With Me” from “Les Miserables” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6wqHPtBWf4. He then tucked me into bed. It was an absolutely beautiful dream and I didn’t want to wake up! I did however want to wake up from my worst nightmare. My family and I were in a car accident 2 years ago. I had a nightmare where I relived the accident. Almost everything was the same. The accident happened the same way. The person in the other car was different in my dream. I dreamed that it was Peter we hit! I was freaking out and crying and worrying about him hoping he’d be ok. I was frightened and was glad to wake up from that dream and know that everyone (Peter especially) was fine. What was your best dream or worst nightmare? Tell me in the comments!

Nothin’ But A Good Time


Hey blog world! Today’s daily post (found at www.dailypost.wordpress.com) is “Nothin’ But A Good Time”.

Imagine that tomorrow, all of your duties and obligations evaporate for the day. You get the day all to yourself, to do anything you please. What types of fun activities would make your day?

I would start the day by having my favorite breakfast. Rice krispies, berries and a cup of tea. It’s something small and simple but it’s what I really enjoy. Then I’d play some music with Layla. Layla is what I’ve named my accoustic guitar. I make music with her every day. It’s fun, it makes me happy and I’m getting better and better at it! After playing guitar I would turn on a movie. I love movies but am busy so I don’t get to watch them often. With this free day I’d definately take advantage of my chance! My favorite movie is “Wayne’s World”  so that’s what I’d watch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIuhsHpcNAU. Then assuming this free day is a beautiful day outside I would go out for a bit and play badminton with Mom. It’s one of my favorite sports (and I’m slightly better than her at it LOL!) After this I’d think it would probably be lunch time so I’d have a peanut butter sandwitch. Then I’d work on a jigsaw puzzle. Next I’d do a fill in or two. I like those kinds of word puzzles. They’re challenging and fun! Then I’d continue reading Victor Hugo’s “Les Misérables”. I started it a few days ago and am really enjoying the book. I’d cap off this perfect day with a dinner theatre at Spirit of Newfoundland. It’s my absolute favorite place to go downtown! I can’t think of any better way to end off my perfect day. What would you do if you had a day all to yourself? Tell me in the comments!

New Sensation


Hey blog world! Today’s daily post (which can be found at www.dailypost.wordpress.com) is “New Sensation”. It says to describe my favorite fashion trends from years ago or current trends that I like. I like fashion from the “Grease” era. The 50’s. Poodle skirts Poodle skirt and Leather jackets leather jacket. These are both cool! The poodle skirt especially. I have one but it doesn’t fit me anymore. Darn! I also love 60’s fashion. Tie dye tie dye, flowers, peace symbols and beads. So bright, vibrant and happy! I love wearing tie dye. All the bright colors make me smile! I really wish that the clothes from these decades could make a comeback. That would be amazing! What’s your favorite fashion trend from years ago or today? Tell me in the comments!

“Les Misérables”


Hey blog world! Last night I saw an absolutely astonishing performance of “Les Misérables” at the Arts and Culture Centre. Atlantic Light Theatre a brand new theatrical company in St. John’s put off this show. I’d been looking forward to it since I bought my tickets and had been counting down the days til show day. I was so excited last night when I got to see it! My two best friends Laura and Emma came along with me. As did my Mom. Several months ago I tried sitting down with her to watch the 10th anniversary concert but she didn’t get very far into it. She didn’t like that the show was entirely sung. Remembering that I wasn’t sure if she’d enjoy herself. I hoped she would. I decided to wear my Eponine costume from last Halloween to the show. We were sitting in the front row right in the middle. They were great seats! I loved getting to watch the show from there. The orchestra pit was directly below us. I found it a bit loud but my ear plugs did help. I thought the orchestra played beautifully. Each and every song sounded incredible. The sets were beautiful as well. A local artist painted several oil paintings that were projected onto the back wall as the show played and I loved how each of them looked. They were all wonderful. When the lights went down I was so excited that the show was starting. I’ve got this musical almost memorized so I of course sang along with pretty much every line. This was the full version of Les Mis though so there were some parts I didn’t know but I knew most of it. The first song in the show the epilogue I thought was done marvelously. Jean Valjean, Javert and the ensemble sang it really well. The ensemble member that stood out the most to me was definately Jeremy Wells. He also played Feuilly. He has such an amazing voice and is a great actor. He was hands down my favorite ensemble member. Jonathan Monro was Jean Valjean. I had never heard him sing before (he didn’t appear in Do You Hear The People Sing the fundraiser concert that Atlantic Light held back in November to fund this production) I was absolutely astounded at how amazing he sounded! Calvin Powell (Javert) sounded amazing as well. He’s got a great operatic voice. I loved hearing him sing “Stars” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urxk4mveLCw. The female lead Fantine was played by Kiersten Noel. She looks slightly like Anne Hathaway (who played Fantine in the movie adaptation of “Les Misérables”.) I was floored by her beautiful singing voice. “I Dreamed A Dream” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p6OH7FoWoQ was so emotional and powerful. Her entire performance was. I nearly cried when she died. Young Cosette was played by Megan Moret. This was her acting debut. For her first time I thought she did a marvelous job. She sang “Castle On A Cloud” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FP3bZj2LiR4 so prettilly. The other children in the show also did great. Nicholas Keough played Gavroche. Nicholas is a little dynamo. He’s definately got star potential. He’s only 12 years old and he can sing, dance and act extremely well. I really enjoyed it when he sang “Little People” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGdJ9SocuUQ. Lauren Davis has a very pretty voice and I thought she made a great young Eponine. Shortly after Megan sang “Castle On A Cloud” the Thénardiers came out and sang “Master Of The House” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTZYSzxZcvA. The Thénardiers were played by Shelley Neville and Peter Halley. They played the parts to hillarious perfection! My stomach hurt slightly from laughing during “Master Of The House”. Not only did I love their acting and singing but I liked their costumes as well. They looked great. Although they both really need to give their teeth a good brushing LOL! Peter gave the audience a smile and there were teeth missing, teeth that were black, gold teeth, etc. Shelley had a few bad teeth as well. Their mouths were pretty much dentists worst nightmares LOL! I don’t know how they did it but it looked cool! After this song (and “The Bargain” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCRJeNje5b4) we fast forward 9 years and see that Cosette grew up. The older Cosette was Sarah Loveys. I was astonished by her beautiful voice! “A Heart Full Of Love” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zM1sVapgUCs the song she sang with Darrin Martin (Marius) and Erin Winsor (Eponine) was incredible! Speaking of Darrin and Erin they did marvelous jobs tonight as well. They both have such amazing voices. Later on in the first act Enjolras and the students sang “Do You Hear The People Sing” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zf71gy3uME4. Enjolras was played by Timothy Matson. I love his voice. He and the students did a wonderful job of singing this song.  The final song in act 1 is “One Day More” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IddP8AAIGTQ. I was blown away! Each of the marvellous cast members voices blended together perfectly and created a masterpiece. I thought it was a great way to end the first act. Act 2 was the sadder act of the show. There was a lot of death. All the students (except Marius of course), Eponine and Gavroche just to name a few. I found those parts very sad. Especially “A Little Fall Of Rain” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvEHK_-Wpio. Darrin and Erin sang the song so emotionally and beautifully. I was holding back tears. I loved it when the students sang “Drink With Me” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6wqHPtBWf4. It’s a very nice song and the students did a great job of singing it. When the women began to sing it added a whole new level of amazingness to the song. Unfortunately they all died on the barricade soon after. I was sad to see them and Enjolras all dead. Marius was too of course. He really showed that during “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQDGr8DElB0. Again I was holding back tears. It was sung so powerfully and emotionally and beautifully. Near the end of the show the Thénardiers snuck into Marius and Cosette’s wedidng dressed up as the Baron and Baroness de Thénard. Once again they looked great and were of course very funny. “Beggars At The Feast” was hillarious http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g3IfWQhgfIQ! The finale http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_afrqUtzrF0 was spectacular. It’s one of my favorite parts of the show and I was absolutely mesmerized by it. It was sung by all those who had passed in the show and again their voices blended so well together and it was as I said spectacular. When the show ended I stood up and gave the cast a standing ovation (and also tipped my hat to Javert and Eponine.) After such a breath taking and spectacular performance they all definately deserved it. I loved every minute of the show and Laura and Emma did as well. Also I was very pleased that Mom had enjoyed it. When the show was over we left the auditorium and I went looking for a few of the cast members in the main part of the ACC so I could get pictures with them. I got to talk to Nicolas for a little bit and we got our picture together Les Misérables February 8th 2014 001. I also got to talk to and get a picture with Erin Les Misérables February 8th 2014 001 (1). She loved my costume! She also loved the Valentines card I made for her. I was glad she did. Also I got a hug from Darrin Martin! We got a picture together tooLes Misérables February 8th 2014 001 (2). I had a Valentine for him as well. I was glad he loved it too. I had two more left. One for Shelley and one for Peter. Darrin was kind enough to let me go back stage to see them and give them to them. That was very nice of him. When Mom and I got back stage we saw Kiersten Noel and Timothy Matson. I was happy Timothy remembered me (we met after Do You Hear The People Sing and I asked him for improv advice.) I told them both how much I loved their performances in the show and we got pictures together Les Misérables February 8th 2014 001 (4) Les Misérables February 8th 2014 001 (3). There was no sign of Peter of Shelley anywhere backstage so I asked Douglas Vaughan (the musical director of Atlantic Light) if he knew where they were and he gave me permission to go even further backstage to their dressing rooms to see if they were still there. That was nice of him. I was so happy when I saw Shelley. She still had her horrible teeth on LOL! I thought that was funny. I gave her her Valentine and she was very pleased. Then she led me to Peter. I was very happy to see him and he was very happy to see me. He loved my costume. He said I was an Eponine knock off! That made me smile! We talked for a bit about how much I loved the show then I gave him his Valentine. He thought it was sweet. I put each of the Valentines in envelopes and sealed them with a chocolate loonie. Peter thought it was a real loonie LOL! I was surprised to find that he had never had a chocolate loonie before. I was happy that I got to give him his first one! He really liked it. I’m glad he did. Then we got a picture together Les Misérables February 8th 2014 001 (5). Then I said goodbye and Mom and I left. We had never been that far back stage at the ACC before so we didn’t exactly know where we were. Mom and I tried to find the exit but we couldn’t. We were lost! I was beginning to wonder if we’d ever find the way out. Thankfully we did! When we got home it was late and I was tired but it was worth it. I had an absolutely marvelous night out and will not soon forget this performance. I will leave you today with my favorite line from the show “For the wretched of the earth there is a flame that never dies, even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.”

Leah