About mphtheatregirl

I am a strong spiritual person who is a big fan of musicals. This blog mainly is about musicals. Every so often I talk about spirituality. Sometimes I add in movie reviews, book reviews, and about my life in general. I hope you find my blog inspiring.

June 2022 in Review

Can’t believe it is finally July. Why come once June hits, I feel like the rest of the year flies. I have been looking forward to June ever since the beginning of the year. I knew it would be an exciting month. So, what are the highlights of June?

Reading

Finished- 3 books

Daughters of Sparta– I have been reading a LOT of mythology lately. This is basically “The Iliad”, but from the women’s POV most specifically Helen and her sister. It makes you think differently about their husbands and even about the women. A different POV makes you almost look at all of those characters differently.

https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2022/06/08/daughters-of-sparta-review/

Sea of Trolls– The start of a trilogy. So glad the author made a list of characters and grew a map. It isn’t Greek Mythology, but instead Norse Mythology. I was really enjoying reading this book. Jack, our protagonist, is training to be a bard and the story starts when he was kidnapped by berserkers. Magic and there are some interesting characters in this book. I now want to own the rest of the trilogy.

https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2022/06/22/sea-of-trolls-review/

Favorite Greek Myths– who wants to learn the basic Greek Myths? It is all found in this book. True, it might have used the Roman God names, but at least in the back of the book you can find what the Greek name is. I already knew some of those myths- the one with flying towards the sun, the one with the reflection in the water, and King Midas. I wanted to read it—-aware that The Hadestown myth was in it- aka “Journey to the Underworld”, and even “The Kidnapping” connects (one is Orpheus and Euyrdice and the other is how Persphone became Queen of the Underworld)

https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2022/06/26/favorite-greek-myths-review/

Symphony in the Park (POPS)

On the 19th, my family finallly went back to the POPS—-which is known as Symphony in the Park. That is usually done every Sunday in June, and every week there is theme, and we usually bring a picnic. The theme we listened to was Hollywood- from Harry Potter to Raider’s of the Lost Arc to Frozen to Beauty and the Beast to West Side Story, etc…..

Frozen

Thinking of music, June was finally my first time to see a musical. My mom and I went to see Frozen with Blumenthal. I choose a blue dress, which in some ways reminded me of Elsa’s “Let it Go” costume. The show was amazing- I was looking forward to the new songs especially as it was my fist time seeing them happening. I already had an idea of where they were going to happen.

An amazing cast, fantastic special effects, amazing songs, and incredible dancing and spectacle. Caroline Bowman and Lauren Nicole Chapman led our cast- as Elsa and Anna. Loved the two little girls who played Young Elsa and Young Anna. I really wanted to get the main Pabbie, and we did—-especially because he was a Charlotte native.

/https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2022/06/24/for-the-first-time-in-forever/

Secrets of Dumbledore

As it is known, I love Harry Potter. Due to that love, I started watching the Fantastic Beasts series. That is another movie series that I love- I thought I lost my chance of watching Secrets of Dumbledore, but I got my chance towards the beginning of June. As a matter of fact, I don’t mind being in Hufflepuff due to Newt- as that is his house.

I know Secrets of Dumbledore has gotten a lot of negative criticism, but doesn’t stop me from loving it. I always love it when I see the beasts involved in some way- usually are helping Newt- most of the time it is usually a niffler of a bowtruckle. As a Harry Potter fan, always loved picking up references others can’t. It seems that each Fantastic Beasts movie, we always get introduced to new beasts, which make things pretty exciting. True, the main setting does change, but I love seeing how different Wizarding Worlds work as we are so used to the British Wizarding World thanks to Harry Potter.

https://megsmagicalmusings.wordpress.com/2022/06/07/fantastic-beasts-secrets-of-dumbledore-review/

The 25th Anniversary- Harry Potter Series

In life, there are several things that mean something to us. As bookworms, we have those standalone books or series that hold a lot of meaning. It is those stories that stay a part of us- they have stories and characters that we love. They usually are why we love certain genres, and why we continue to read them.

I learned earlier this week that one of my favorite book series turned 25- that is hard to believe. The Harry Potter series has truly been a huge part of several people’s lives. It has been largely successful. One of two series that made me a fantasy fan. Yes, when the 1st book came out, it was called “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”, but to Americans we know that book as “Sorcerer’s Stone”.

I originally fell in love with the series by the films- but the only way to get me to see the first film was to come as Superhero (I literally tied a blanket around my neck and became Super Meg). That was how my journey with Harry Potter began. I actually don’t remember when I first read the books (I had to borrow them from my sister). Growing up, I wanted to be in Gryffindor because of The Golden Trio. Eventually I owned my own set of books- I decided to reread the series starting in 2021 and finished the read in 2022.

So what house am I in? It is Hufflepuff, and if I wasn’t, it would be Ravenclaw.

The series that is truly magical, with amazing beasts and creatures, incredible characters, and an amazing world (AKA Hogwarts). It is filled with one of the most amazing friendships- Harry, Ron, and Hermione are known as The Golden Trio, and go through several trials especially when something goes wrong at Hogwarts.

Musicals I Love that Started by Stage

Like I said yesterday, musicals debut either by their film or by their stage show. Today, I decided to mention the musicals I love that started by stage show- which is more musicals than the other way around.

The Shows

  1. Wicked
  2. Les Mis
  3. Annie
  4. Sound of Music
  5. Rent
  6. Phantom of the Opera
  7. Oklahoma
  8. South Pacific
  9. Pippin
  10. Fiddler on the Roof
  11. Music Man
  12. Oliver
  13. Godspell
  14. Man of La Mancha

Conclusion

As you can tell, MOST musicals prefer to debut by stage show. I probably left off some shows, but it is just what I can think of.

Musicals I Love That Started in Film

In the world of musical theatre, there are multiple ways they can start. Either it is by their stage production or it is through their movie. Look at the animated movies or musicals that just for some reason began as a film.

Musical Films (can include those that haven’t made it to stage yet)

  1. Greatest Showman
  2. Beauty and the Beast
  3. Lion King
  4. Aladdin
  5. Frozen
  6. Cinderella- the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that started by film
  7. High School Musical

Conclusion

It appears like MOST musicals prefer to start on stage before turning into a movie musical.

Hygge- Examples of Them

Frozen is one of my favorite musicals. There is even a song called Hygge, which is a word NOT known in English. It is a word that Oaken teaches Kristoff and Anna. Today I am going to give some examples of Hygee.

Examples

  1. Campfire
  2. Reading Outside
  3. Drinking Cold Brew on the Porch
  4. Dance with Friends
  5. Hanging out with Extended Family
  6. Date with Family or Friends to a Show
  7. Listening to Music- especially Musicals and Contemporary Christian
  8. Hiking

Non-Examples

  1. Seeing Ants on the Counter
  2. Finding Bugs in the Bathroom
  3. Power Outrage- Especially during Bad Storm
  4. Terrible Traffic