Skit Guys


Hey blog world! I’m a big fan of the Skit Guys. They’re two Christian best friends named Tommy and Eddie who do comedic Christian skits. I really like how they use humor to teach about God and scripture. I thought I’d compile a list of my top 10 favorite Skit Guys skits for you to enjoy.

#10: “Lazarus“: In this skit Tommy and Eddie imagine what it would have been like to have been there when Lazarus emerged from his tomb. “He stinketh!” Is my favorite line in this skit LOL!

#9: “Joseph“: In this skit Tommy and Eddie tell my favorite bible story. The story of Joseph and his technicolor dreamcoat. They do it against the clock too so that’s really impressive. My favorite part of this sketch is when Eddie was Potiphar’s wife. That was hillarious! I also liked how they snuck in a subtle reference to James Blunt’s “You’re Beautiful“. Potiphar’s wife quotes the song when trying to seduce Joseph.

#8: “Zeb & Zack Present the Gospel“: This is a cute one that’s perfect for ministering to young children. Two hillbilly friends named Zeb and Zach use the snow to explain how God can wash away our sin. I thought it was funny (and also disgusting) when they put ketchup, mustard and ham in the snow. Also if you look closely you’ll see some product placement. You can clearly see a “Great Value” logo on the tin of ham as Zeb is putting it in the snow.

#7: “Rule Breakers“: In this skit the Skit Guys explain church camp rules. It kind of reminds me of “America’s Most Wanted” slightly. My favorite characters in this video are the covenant boys! It must have been hard for Tommy and Eddie to do that little scene with the tape on their faces. They deserve some pretty big props for that I think.

#6: “Psalm 139“: In this skit Tommy and Eddie deconstruct Psalm 139 verses 23 and 24 “Search me oh God and know my heart, test my thoughts, point out anything in me that you find sad and lead me along the path of everlasting life.” They break it into pieces and show us how to make this a prayer. I have several favorite parts of this skit. “Muck, guck and yuck” being one of them. Muck, guck and yuck are funny words! I also loved it when Tommy put the glove on when Eddie said “Search me oh God” and he got really uncomfortable and nervous thinking Tommy (who by the way was playing God) was actually going to search him LOL! I also thought it was funny each time Tommy would slap Eddie!

#5: “Bad Ways To Witness“: In this skit Tommy and Eddie show us bad ways of witnessing to people. Witnessing is sharing the gospel with others. Telling them about God and how much he loves them. The “In Your Face” method was my favorite! It was hillarious!

#4: “Beenie Weenies“: This is a teenage girls testimony of how her best friend came to know Jesus thanks to “Days Of Our Lives” and a can of Beenie Weenies. Tommy does a hillarious job of playing the teenager. I love how he’s so sassy and I love the accent he uses!

#3: “Little Billy: Zacchaeus“: In this skit Tommy plays Little Billy. A little boy in Sunday school who clearly put too much sugar in his frosted flakes that morning LOL! He’s a big ball of energy. His substitute Sunday school teacher Mr. Drummond (played by Eddie) attempts to teach him a song about Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus climbed up into a tree to get a better view of Jesus and Jesus approached the tree and told Zacchaeus to come down because he was going to his home for a visit. Billy has a lot of difficulty paying attention and the Sycamore tree makes the poor thing cry! He thought the tree was actually sick LOL!

#2: “Little Billy: My God Is So Big“: Little Billy is at it again! This time Mr. Drummond tries to teach him the song “My God Is So Big”. Because this is “Miss Linda’s song” Billy doesn’t want to sing it with Mr. Drummond. He does all he can to prevent singing the song. I thought the serious turn at the end was a bit sad but then it got very sweet. We learned that Miss Linda had cancer. That’s why she wasn’t able to teach Little Billy’s Sunday school class. After seeing how upset Mr. Drummond was over that Little Billy sang the song. Aww! That was one of my favorite parts of the skit. It was adorable! My other favorite part was the “No No Square” song! Everytime I watch this skit that part makes me laugh so much I nearly stop breathing!

#1: “Dennis: An Original Masterpiece“: This skit holds a special place in my heart. It’s about a teenager named Dennis who like me has special needs. It’s his testimony of how he experienced the love of God through a girl named Stacey. It’s a beautiful skit that makes me and my heart smile!

What’s your favorite Skit Guys skit? Tell me in the comments!

Leah

Musical Marker


Hey blog world! Today’s daily post (find it here) is called “Musical Marker”.

We all have songs that remind us of specific periods and events in our lives. Twenty years from now, which song will remind you of the summer of 2014?

The song that will remind me of this summer 20 years from now is “(I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life” from “Dirty Dancing”. The reason why is because this summer is the best one of my life! Every day it just continues to get better! I’ve had so many cool new experiences and done some awesome stuff!

I have my dream job at Spirit of Newfoundland spirit (click here to read my “Summer Job” post about that) and I couldn’t be any happier working there! I’m on cloud 9 every day! I’ve met some awesome new people and done some really cool things! I transcribed the Elvis script, packaged screech cupcakes and screechette chocolates and on Tuesday I got to walk around downtown with my co worker Hillary and hand out screech cupcakes, vouchers and pamphlets. I love my job!

I’ve gotten to see some really great shows this summer! 2 Spirit of NL productions “Skeets, Snobs and Peppermint Knobs” at the Kelligrews Soiree and the centennial celebration of Bowring Park, I saw Theatre St Johns’s “An Evening With Andrew Lloyd Webber” at the Arts and Culture Centre, the live broadcast of “Monty Python Live (Mostly)” at Cineplex and next Friday I’m going to see another Spirit of NL show! “Go Duet Yourself“! This will be my 2nd time. I’m sure it will be even better the 2nd time around!

I was a volunteer at VBS again this summer. This year I helped with the Kindergarten group. I missed the first two days of camp due to work but I still had a super fun three days with the kids. They all loved me! They would always climb on me and hug me. They were all such sweethearts! I loved getting to spend three days with them helping them with their crafts, playing games with them and helping them to learn about God and all the good things he does.

I’ve been exercising a lot more this summer. I walk roughly 10 minutes or so from Tim Hortons to work every work day, I’ve been to the gym a few times with Mom, I bought “Just Dance 2” for my Wii and try to use it every day and of course the walk downtown on Tuesday with Hillary. I’m glad I’m able to do all this exercise so I can stay healthy and keep fit over the summer.

I got to go on a mini camping trip with my family last weekend. We went to Healey’s Pond and trouted. We didn’t catch anything but at least we had fun! We spent the night in a tent. It was nice. We tried trouting a bit again the next day but still nothing. Like I said at least we had fun!

I’ve made so many memories and I’m certain that I’m definately going to make more in the four weeks of summer that are remaining. This has definately been the best summer of my life! How’s your summer going so far? In 20 years from now what song will remind you of this summer? Tell me in the comments!

Summer Job


Hey blog world! It’s the middle of summer break! It’s going by extremely quickly I find. Next Friday will be the 1st of August! Where did the time go? I thought today I’d tell you a bit about the job I have this summer. I landed my dream job! I’m working at Spirit of Newfoundland spirit (or heaven as I call it)!!!

I had a wonderful first day at Spirit! I had difficulty sleeping the night before! That morning I was very excited to get up and get to work. I was a bit nervous though too. I remember humming “I Have Confidence” from “The Sound Of Music” durring my commute to give myself a confidence boost! That day I met three of my very nice co workers Lisa (she’s a receptionist who takes reservations, answers the phone and does computer work), Evan and Hillary (I’m not entirely sure of their job titles). Evan gave me a tour of the downstairs area of Spirit and I saw some really cool stuff! Some of my favorite bits of Evans tour were the dressing room, prop closet and costume room! Later when Peter (Spirit’s artistic director) Peter Halley showed up he got me to watch a video of their Elvis show and transcribe the script. It had been 7 years since I saw Elvis last so I was really happy to get to se it again! Later that day I got to package screechette chocolates for Kathie Hicks (the COO of Spirit) Kathie. That was fun! It was like doing arts and crafts!

My day starts at Tim Hortons. Mom drops me off there because her work starts at 9:00 and it’s quite the distance away from the Masonic. I sit down with my drink and read until it’s time to walk to work. I never used to like walking. I found I got tired easily but I don’t mind this commute. It’s not very long and it’s not very hard. Surprisingly though I’ve been working there for 4 weeks now and the hill leading up to the Temple still makes me out of breath LOL!

Last week I was assigned the daily task of doing inventory of the Screech Room so that’s now how I start my work day. It’s the very first thing I do now when I come in to work in the mornings. At first it was a bit hard and I lost count several times and fooled up on a few items but as is said that’s a learning curve! I still have my share of fool ups but I am improving! I’m glad Hillary is just a few steps away in the bar in case I need any help.

I do pretty much anything that anyone needs me to do. There’s never a dull moment and every day is different! Those are things I really like about my job. I don’t know what to expect. I do everything from stapling, sorting and stamping receipts (that’s one of the things I did today) to adding people onto the mailing list. I’m a jack of all trades to say the least! I love listening to music as I work. I find that showtunes (especially anything from “RENT”) really motivate, put me in a good mood and make the work I’m doing a bit more fun!

I love the people I work with. My bosses are all so nice. Peter, Kathie and Paul are very friendly, kind and all around great people! I’m happy to be working for them. My co workers are also very nice and friendly. I can’t walk two steps without seeing a smile! I love that! I still haven’t learned everyone’s names (I have the morning employees down but am still working on learning the names of some of the bartenders who come in in the afternoon) but I’m certain that with time I will. I’m glad I get to go to work with such friendly, happy people. It makes me happy!

At the end of the day I sit in the bar and wait for Mom to pick me up. I usually chit chat with Amelia and Ashlée. They come in to work in the afternoon. We talk about our weekends, relationships, music etc. I really enjoy conversing with those girls. It’s a nice way to get to know them better and to pass time while I wait for Mom. Also I sometimes dance and sing a little LOL! Lisa has Songza (I think. Maybe it’s Spotify. It’s either one of those two) playing and if a song comes on that I know I like to dance and sing along! It makes the wait for Mom fun! Each day when she arrives I’m a little bit sad to be leaving work! It is nice to come home and talk about my day but I have so much fun at work that I don’t want to leave!

As long as I live, whatever I do, as great as it is you know what’s a bummer? I ain’t ever gonna beat this summer with Spirit! Yes I just made a Brad Paisley reference. Gold star for you if you caught it! Do you have a summer job? Do you like it? Why or why not? Tell me in the comments!

Leah

Monty Python Live (Mostly)


Hey blog world! Today I had the most fun I’ve had at the theatre in a long time! My Best Buddy and I saw “Monty Python Live (Mostly)”. It was an amazing show and my cheeks are still hurting from smiling so much! The 5 remaining members of Monty Python Eric Idle, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones have reunited and have done a series of performances at the O2 arena in London. Tonight was the final one and it was broadcast live to cinemas. I felt so lucky to be in Cineplex watching the Python’s last performance!

This was a brand new experience for my Best Buddy Allison. It was her very first time ever seeing Monty Python! She’d never even heard of them until I invited her to the movie. I was glad to be introducing her to the world of Monty Python. I was very excited for her when we got to the theatre and really hoped she would enjoy the movie.

The movie was everything that I wanted and more! I was thrilled to see all my favorite sketches and songs and I liked getting to see some that I hadn’t seen before. There was also one that I recognized but felt uncomfortable watching LOL! That was “The Penis Song“. When Eric Idle came out with his pipe and housecoat I was like “Oh God! I know this one!” And I cringed in my seat knowing of the awkwardness to come. It got weirder and more uncomfortable as a chorus of Navy officers came out and sang it. I was pretty happy when that song was over.

Monty Python seems to really enjoy dirty humor. There was a song about sperm in the first act as well. “Every Sperm Is Sacred“. As this was being sung a stagehand brought out a penis shaped cannon that shot fake sperm at the audience. It was funny but yet I was slightly disturbed.

My 2nd favorite Monty Python song that I was really looking forward to hearing tonight is “The Lumberjack Song“. When Michael Palin and John Cleese did a skit about an investment banker who wanted to be a lion tamer I was getting excited and thinking that this song would possibly follow. It had the right set up for it. An investment banker who doesn’t like his job so he wants to be a lion tamer. I figured sometime later in this sketch he’d confess that he really always wanted to be a lumberjack. I was right! After being frightened out of the idea of lion taming Michael confessed that he didn’t like his investment banking job and always wanted to be a lumberjack! I squealed a little bit and a big smile came over my face! I sang along with every word and laughed!

They showed a few video clips of skits from “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” during the show. I loved it when they showed “Silly Olympics“. An olympiad with such events as a swim race for non swimmers and track competitions for the incontinent, people with no sense of direction and people who think they’re chickens LOL! It was great getting to see that in the show.

Later on after the Pythons performed “I Like Chinese” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NH2P_pVze6s the Pythons left the stage and a clock counting down 30 minutes appeared on screen. Allison and I were confused as to what that meant at first but then we realized there was a half hour intermission. That was the first time I’d ever seen that in a movie. It had been a long time though (I think probably an hour or so) so I was glad to get those 30 minutes so I could stretch out my legs.

To begin act 2 was another cringe worthy song that made me feel slightly awkward. I laughed but felt weird inside. It was “Sit On My Face“. The dance moves and song lyrics and all made me feel as I said slightly awkward but I did get a good laugh!

They had a sing along during this act! They sang “The Philosopher’s Song” and got the audience to sing along. The words appeared on the movie screen too so we could sing as well. I tried but I didn’t know the song so it was hard to stay in tune and also some of the words were hard to pronounce! I did my best though and had a lot of fun!

John Cleese one of my favorite Monty Python members had difficulty with his lines during the “Crunchy Frog” sketch. He kept laughing and losing his spot! He especially lost it when the other police officer (I’m not sure which Python played him) threw up in his hat and John made him put it back on! That’s what happens with live theatre I suppose. John was trying so hard to keep it in but he burst out laughing causing everyone else to too! It was awesome!

A lot of my favorite skits from Flying Circus were done in this act! “Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink“, “Spam” and even “Argument Clinic“! The sketch I was happiest to see was definately “Dead Parrot“. It’s hillarious! One of my most favorite Python skits. John had some difficulties with his lines in this one too so that added further on to the humor. I liked how this sketch segued into “Cheese Shop“. Michael went back to find John another pet and said he didn’t have any parrots left but while he was back there if John wanted any he had a variety of cheeses and they thus began the “Cheese Shop” sketch which is also really funny. I was dissappointed though that Michael didn’t get shot. That’s how the sketch ended on Flying Circus and I thought it was hillarious. John told Michael that if he said he didn’t have any cheese he would shoot him in the head. Michael said so and therefore got shot. I found it too bad they didn’t use that ending in the live show. Oh well!

I found the “Galaxy Song” was very pretty. It made me smile! It also made me smile seeing Eric Idle dancing with an elderly woman (they segued into this song from “Spanish Inquisition” The head of the Spanish Inquisition told one of the other members to go to the fridge and bring the captive (an elderly woman) a glass of cold milk. Aparently the Spanish Inquisition keep Eric Idle in their fridge LOL! The Spanish Inquisition member opened the fridge and Eric came out and sang the “Galaxy Song” while dancing with the elderly lady. I loved it! It was sweet.

For their last song they did “Christmas In Heaven“. I kind of liked the song. It wasn’t too bad. After that they left the stage. “Two minutes until spontaneous encore” came on the screen LOL! The “spontaneous encore” was the song I’d been waiting all night to hear! “Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life“. I smiled and sang along with every word! That was a lot of fun! After that song the Pythons left us with a wonderfully cheery goodbye. The words “Piss off” appearing on screen LOL!

I had a ginormous smile on my face for quite the while after the movie was over. It made me so happy and I had so much fun  I just couldn’t stop smiling! In fact as I said above my cheeks are still hurting from doing it too much LOL! I asked Allison what she thought of the movie and I was very glad to know she liked it. I’m glad we got to enjoy that movie together.

What’s your favorite Monty Python sketch? Tell me in the comments!

Bowring Park’s 100th


Hey blog world! For as long as I can remember I’ve been going to Bowring park. School and summer camp field trips, family fun days and sometimes my Mom would take me and my Niece to play in the water park! It’s a lovely park and I love going there. It turned 100 today! To celebrate that Spirit of Newfoundland did a special show in the park’s amphitheatre.

Spirit had lots of special guests in the show. One of them was the CLB Armory Band. They were playing as my family and I walked into the amphitheatre to find seats. One of the songs they played was “Mamma Mia”! That sounded really cool! I liked the other songs they played too. They sounded great! The Singing Legionaires performed as well. They began the show. I thought they sounded great as well.

When Spirit started they sang “Happy Birthday” to the park! Then they performed an original song that Peter Halley Peter Halleywrote about the park. It was a beautiful song. As they were singing there were little girls twirling ribbons and dancing and bubbles floating around. All of it made me happy! I popped a few of the bubbles and laughed. After that song they talked for a while about the park and then they sang some songs from around 1914 the year the park opened. Peter Sang “Irish Lullaby” and it was beautiful! I was trying not to cry! Same thing when Sheila sang “Let Me Call You Sweetheart“. Those songs were both sung with lots of emotion and as I said I was trying not to cry.

One part of the show I thought was really cool was the re-enactment of the Park’s opening in 1914. I can’t remember the names of the people they played but Jeff Simms, Dana Parsons, Erin Winsor and Keith Power did the re-enactment. I loved the outfits they were wearing 041. I also loved the history lesson. It was interesting seeing how the park opened. I loved all the bits of history that I learned throughout the show! I like learning new things. They also had a bit of living history at the celebration today. I can’t remember her name but an elderly woman who is 100 years young was at the celebration. She was 3 months old when the park opened and was there at the opening ceremony. She told us a little bit about that. I thought it was amazing to get to hear stories from her since she’d actually been there!

Dana, Keith, Jeff and Erin sang some songs too. They did a bit from “Skeets, Snobs and Peppermint Knobs“. They sang some songs from the 20’s. Jeff and Keith sang “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby“. Keith pointed at me during this song! A huge smile came on my face and I fangirled a little LOL! I felt special. Dana and Erin sang “Tiptoe Through the Tulips“. They did the Tiny Tim version with a ukulele and extremely high octave! It was awesome! I laughed and sang along.

The other special guests that Spirit had were young adults. Nicholas Keough and Ian Carroll sang “I Won’t Grow Up045. Just like the first time (they sang this in “An Evening with Andrew Lloyd Webber“) it was adorable! I loved every minute of their performance! Both of them are incredibly talented young men. Lauren Hayward performed “Rainy Days046 by The Ennis Sisters. Again I was trying not to cry! It was beautiful! She looked like she was maybe about 16 or so and for a girl of that age she had an astounding voice!

To end off the show the entire cast did a bit of Great Big Sea’s “Ordinary Day” and “Lukey’s Boat“. Then after that Darrin Martin sang “Happy” by Pharell while the others backed him up! That was awesome! The best part was that the bubbles were back! I had a blast dancing, singing, clapping and popping more bubbles! After that as they usually do to end off their shows they sang “Spirit of Newfoundland”. I remained standing as they sang and sang along with all the words. It’s a very pretty song. Then they sang “Ode To Newfoundland”. That’s also a very pretty song. After both of those the show was over.

Now that the show was done I wanted to get pictures. I got my Niece to take them for me. My Mom and Poppy were still up in their seats and I couldn’t find them so when my Niece came down to find me I got her to take pictures for me. She’s not a bad photographer! Firstly I talked to Peter. He came up with Yentl for the letter Y in my new children’s book “Broadway Alphabet” (read my latest post “Aspie Author” for more info on my book writing) so I added a thank you to him (and also Georgina and Darrin Martin for their ideas for Q and X) into the book. Because he had a part in it I decided to give him a copy of it. He really liked it! I’m glad that he did. I then asked for a picture and he said yes but he was busy with other people wanting to talk to him so I figured I’d get some pictures with others and then come back when he wasn’t as busy. I talked for a while with Darrin Martin. I gave him a copy of each of my books for his 3 little girls. He was very impressed by them. I’m hoping his girls will be too. After I gave him the books we got a picture together (in which he showed them off!) 058 Then I talked to Nicholas for a bit and told him that he did a good job and that I thought his performance was cute. Then we got a picture together 059. Shortly after I finally got my picture with Peter 062! I took several other pictures after that. I ran my poor Niece ragged! I’d see someone and tell my Niece “I want to get a picture with that person. This will be the last one. I promise!” We’d take that picture, I’d thank said person and go about my way when all of a sudden I’d see someone I missed and say to my Niece “I didn’t get that person yet! This will be the last one. I promise!” After a while she got annoyed LOL! Here are a few more of the pictures I got. 063 (me, Shelley Neville and Sheila Williams) 072 (me, my Niece, Dana Parsons and Keith Power) 073 (me, my Niece and Erin Winsor)

I had a wonderful time celebrating Bowring Park’s centennial today! Happy Birthday Bowring park! Here’s to another 100 years! What’s your fondest memory of Bowring Park? Tell me in the comments!

Aspie Author


Hey blog world! As I type my 3rd children’s book is coming out of the printer. Yes, I am endeavoring to become a children’s author. I now have three unpublished children’s books under my belt. I thought today I’d write about that and share with you my experiences in children’s book writing.

This started very recently. On May 6th I was as I usually do eating my lunch in the special needs classroom at school. One of my friends in that classroom is non verbal and in a wheelchair. She was listening to her favorite ebook “Red Is Best” by Kathy Stinson. I said to the teacher “To her purple is best!” Purple is her favorite color. I thought that would be a great idea for a book so I said so. The teacher said maybe I could write it! I thought that would be something fun to try so I said yes! I got home afterschool that day and began to write. I wanted my book to be similar to but not so similar that I’m copywriting “Red Is Best”. I called my book “I Love Purple”. I wrote about different purple things and why I liked them. For example. “I love my purple slippers. They make my feet happy and keep them nice and warm!” I added a few things to personalize it for her. One of the pages in the book is “I love my purple dress! It makes me look and feel like a princess!” On that page I put a picture of us at our grade 9 grad. She had a beautiful purple dress on! I also put in a page about purple bowling balls. She has a set of them and loves using them at Tuesday night Special Olympics bowling practice! When I read the book to her she squealed, flailed her arms and laughed! She loved it! That made me so happy and proud! Also “I Love Purple” is now an ebook! The teacher turned it into a slide show and got me to record myself reading the book. It’s now on her iPad and also on her computer and she uses it to teach my friend to push her special button (she has a button that she presses to turn the page of books)!

My next book also was written in May. I got the idea completely randomly one night! I don’t know how it got into my head but I went with it and wrote it. This book was titled “Circles”. “Circles” is a social skills program that I’ve done with my social thinking group at the Autism center. It’s a program that teaches how close we can get to certain people and how to talk to, touch and trust different people. It uses a set of circles to do this. The purple private circle, blue close hug circle, green far away hug circle, yellow handshake circle, orange wave circle and red stranger space. I thought of different people in my life who pertained to each of these circles and wrote about them. Myself for purple, my Mom for blue, Peter Halley Peter Halley for green, my math teacher for yellow, the bus driver I had in Jr High for orange and Steve Urkel Steve Urkel for red (just because I know that he’s Steve Urkel doesn’t mean I know him so therefore he’s a stranger in the red stranger space.) I brought it to my social thinking group that week and the instructor reallly liked it! So much so that she photocopied it and gave everyone else in the group a copy! Also she showed it to the leader of the younger social thinking group and she made more photocopies and will use it with her group! I was very thrilled and proud of that. It feels so special knowing that my book will be used to teach autistic children! Also since he’s in the book I gave Peter a copy of it. He loved it! I’m glad he did. I was re organising Peter’s office yesterday and found the copy on his shelf! That made me happy! I’m glad he keeps it there.

This third one as I said came out of the printer as I began writing this post. I figured that if I’m going to be a children’s author I should write a book about the alphabet. I wasn’t sure what kind of alphabet book to write though. I contemplated a few ideas but finally settled upon Broadway. I’m a self proclaimed drama geek with a passion for musical theatre! I decided to put my love of musicals into this alphabet book. I titled it “Broadway Alphabet”. It started off as pretty easy. A is for Annie, B is for Barricade, C is for Colored Coat etc but when I got down to the harder letters (Q,X,Y,Z) I took to Facebook and asked my theatre friends for help. Boy did I get help! They came up with so many great ideas! I really appreciated all their help. So much so that I added a special thank you page into the book thanking those whose contributions made it into the book.

I absolutely love being a children’s author and seeing the delight on people’s faces when they read my books! I’m looking forward to writing more. Have you ever written a book? Do you have any ideas for children’s books I should write? Tell me in the comments!

An Evening With Andrew Lloyd Webber


Hey blog world! For almost a year now (I started around October) I’ve been in the Best Buddies Best Buddies program. Best Buddies is a non profit organisation that pairs students (in my particular chapters case students at MIUN (Memorial University of Newfoundland)) with individuals with special needs and they hang out together and form a friendship. Tonight me and my Best Buddy Allison went out to see a concert. We saw An Evening With Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Arts and Culture Centre. Staged by Theatre St. John’s this concert was a tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber who for those of you who don’t know is my favorite musical composer!

To begin the night there was a silent auction. Allison and I looked around at the different items to bid on. She didn’t bid anything but I placed a low bid on a quadruple threat lesson package. An hour piano lesson with Evan Smith, an hour acting lesson with Keith Pike, an hour voice lesson with Kelly-Ann Evans and an hour dance lesson (I forget who that’s with.) I thought it would be fun to do if I won so I bid but not much because I didn’t want to use too much of my money. In the end I didn’t win. Oh well!

Later when the show began the opening number was a “Jesus Christ Superstar” medley. Darrin Martin, Keith Pike, Krystin Pellerin and Kelly-Ann Evans all contributed into it. All the songs sounded awesome! Each of the singers had such amazing voices! I loved it. “Superstar” was my favorite part of the medley. After the medley the practically perfect Erin Winsor performed “Buenos Aires” from “Evita”. As usual her astounding voice blew me away! I loved every minute of her performance!

Next up was the performer I was looking most forward to. Peter Halley Peter Halley!!! He sang “All I Ask Of You” from “Phantom Of The Opera” with Kiersten Noel. It was absolutely beautiful! So much so that I cried! Kiersten’s voice is very pretty and she really amazed me with all the high notes she hit. Peter as I’ve said countless times has an amazing singing voice as well. They blended very well together. After that song Peter stayed out on stage and sang “Any Dream Will Do” from “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. It made my heart happy! I had a big grin on my face and was elated to say the least. It’s my favorite song from Joseph. It makes me so happy! When Peter brought out Nicholas Keough the incredible 12 year old local actor who in my opinion should be whisked off to Broadway immediately it got even better! I was so happy that I cried again! Nicolas as usual took my breath away with his beautiful singing. Meghan Herder who played Winnifred in Theatre St. John’s production of “Mary Poppins” performed “Tell Me On A Sunday” the titular song from the musical of the same name. She has a very pretty voice and I really enjoyed her performance. The song sounded very pretty.

To end the first act was some songs from “Sound Of Music”. I’m not entirely sure but I think it was Julia Halfyard that sang “Sound of Music” and “Lonely Goatherd“. She sounded beautiful! I was especially impressed with her yodelling skills in “Lonely Goatherd”. Evan Smith sang “My Favorite Things“. He jazzed it up! That was awesome!

Act two started with performances by Children. Nicolas Keough, Ian Carroll, Sarah Drover and there was one more girl but I can’t remember what her name is. Sarah played Jane in “Mary Poppins”. For such a young girl she has an incredible voice! She sang “No Matter What” from “Whistle Down The Wind”. I loved it! After her was Ian and Nicolas singing “I Won’t Grow Up” from “Peter Pan”. Cuteness overload! It was adorable! Both of them were very talented and did an excellent job of singing. I was also very impressed by the other girl whose name I have unfortunately forgotten. She sang “Can You Feel The Love Tonight“. It was marvellous. She had an amazing voice!

My favorite performance of act two was Kiersten Noel’s performance of “Think Of Me” from “Phantom of the Opera”. That song has a lot of meaning to me. On November 24th of this year my Grandma passed away. This was the song I sang at her funeral. Hearing Kiersten sing it was very emotional. I was trying not to cry! It sounded so pretty when she sang it! After this song Jonathan Monro sang “Music of the Night” He’s got a very nice voice and I thought he did an excellent job of singing the song.

Allison’s favorite part was the “Wizard of OZ” bit of the show. Kelly-Ann Evans did  a wonderful job of singing “Over The Rainbow”. She also did “Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead“. She turned it into a rock song! I thought that was cool!

I also really enjoyed Krystin Pellerin’s performance of “Another Suitcase in Another Hall” from “Evita”. That’s my favorite song from “Evita” and I was hoping someone would sing it tonight! I was very happy when Krystin did! I thought it sounded great! I also really liked it when Justin Nurse performed “Close Every Door” He had an astounding voice!

To end the show Kiersten, Meghan and Kelly-Ann did an Andrew Lloyd Webber love trio. Kelly-Ann sang “I Don’t Know How To Love Him” from “Jesus Christ Superstar”, Meghan sang “Unexpected Song” from “Song and Dance” and I’m not entirely sure the name of the song Kiersten sang. Whatever it was it was pretty. As were the other two songs. I was slightly disappointed that the show was over and they hadn’t sung anything from “Cats” or “King Herod’s Song” from “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Too bad. When they did their bows I gave the cast a well deserved standing ovation! They deserved it!

Once the lights were up and it was time to go Allison and I looked around in the main part of the Arts and Culture Centre to see if any of the performers would come out so I could get pictures with and talk to them. I congratulated Meghan on a job well done and got a picture with her 031 (I do not know how to rotate photos on my blog so please put up with having to slightly turn your head.) I also got to speak with Nicolas! I told him how much I loved his performance and how I fangirled for at least an hour when he commented on my blog post LOL! We got our picture together too 032. I also spoke and got a picture with Kiersten 033. She said she saw me in the front row singing along! I was glad she noticed. I talked with Darrin for a while as well. When I went up to him and said hello he gave me a hug and a kiss on the cheek! That was sweet. We talked for a while about school and my grades and such, I introduced him to Allison, he introduced me to his Wife and we talked a bit about my blog! He said he loved it! I was glad he did. He called it a very intense play by play. Cool! We got a picture together as well. 034.

I had a wonderful time tonight and will not soon forget it! Were you at the show tonight? What did you think of it? Tell me (on a Sunday please LOL) in the comments!

LEah