Musicals I Love by Their Film

There are three ways to fall in love with a musical—-1) by the songs, 2) the movie (either animated of live action), or 3) the stage show). Through experience, it is the hardest to fall in love with a musical by songs alone due to the songs being out of context. The easiest way to fall in love with a musical belongs to the musical film——-some being animated and some being live action. So, what musicals did I fall in love with by their films?

  1. Les Mis
  2. Sound of Music
  3. Annie (1982)
  4. Frozen
  5. Beauty and the Beast (live action)
  6. Aladdin (live action)
  7. Lion King
  8. Enchanted
  9. Greatest Showman
  10. Singing in the Rain
  11. Mamma Mia
  12. Man of La Mancha
  13. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  14. Grease

The Biggest Trips of My Life

In life, people tend to go on various vacations- whether that means in their country or heading abroad. Some of them are huger than others due to where you are headed or the kind of trip. So, what were some of my biggest trips?

The United States- The Trips in my Country

Colorado

True, I was only in elementary school at the time. But it was one of those extended family trips. I don’t know how much of this trip I actually remember. It included whitewater rafting, horse riding, and spending time in Keystone, CO.

NYC

This was such a special trip to me. That is because it was just me and my mom. I also saw my first musical on Broadway- Wicked at The Gershwin Theater. Little did I know the impact Wicked would have on my life. Loved since August 2006, and like the musical says “because I knew you, I have been changed for good”.

Alaska

There is no way I could forget Alaska. Another extended family trip- think of a cruise, but replace the ship with a tour bus. From a Glacier Cruise to Geocaching to meeting Sled Dogs to basic white water rafting to several hikes, etc……….

Abroad Trips

France

Of ALL my trips abroad, I barely remember this one. But at least I can say, I went to France. So young- only 7 at the time.

Costa Rica

Studying Abroad for two weeks- this was a cultural immersion experience. May 2014 was when this happened. Part was spent volunteering and part was spent exploring. One day, we went to a Farmer’s Market- that is where I tried Coconut Water- the cool thing was drinking it out of the actual coconut.

Monteverde Rainforest Preserve- loved it when we spent time there for three days. One day was hiking (my group kept on wanting to continue the hike). The next was the Canopy Zipline-so glad I decided to do this (when I first heard of the zipline, I was kind of nervous and afraid to do it, but glad I made the decision to do it).

San Jose- Our group stayed in Atenas, and we were close enough to San Jose. One day, we went up there. We spent time in a market- a fun place to explore and possibly shop for things.

The Food and Drinks- Loved the Frescas, Horcheta, and Arroz Con Leche (they were the ones I remembered the most)

England

Where to start- such a transforming trip. If it wasn’t for my family church’s choir, this never would have happened. The choir was in residence at Bristol Cathedral- as a result, a pilgrimage was built around it (meaning, day trips happened in and around Bristol). Besides the choir, family, friends, and parishioners were allowed to join. Despite home base being Bristol, the group spent a few days in London. This happened in summer 2015, and my family decided to go up two days early.

July 29th/30th:

Well, the extra two days my family was in London. The 29th was when my family walked around The Westminster Area. However, the 30th felt like it was my 1st day we actually did something. The 30th was Platform 9 and 3/4- my sister and I are Harry Potter fans. On the way back to the hotel, a stop at Paddington Station.

The night of July 30th was extra special in more ways than one. I like to call it a double date night- my dad with my sister while I was my mom. That night was when I finally saw Les Mis in the West End. However, nothing felt like reality- seeing the theater to buying souvenirs to noticing I had an understudy for Valjean to seeing how close the seats were to seeing the set (nothing felt real). Than, I heard it (the first notes), and I knew it was reality and those notes even told it was going to be more than expected.

As a matter of fact, Les Mis followed perfectly into the real intention of England. Going from Valjean’s spiritual journey to my own.

July 31st- August 2nd

Now, the real dates of The Bristol Pilgrimage. Consisted of three castles- Windsor, Berkeley, and Chepstow. Bath, Old Sarum, Tintern Abbey, and Stonehenge. Stonehenge was my mountain-top moment for me. Ten church services (most obviously being at Bristol Cathedral)- Westminster, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and Salisbury Cathedral were are the others were. If it wasn’t for the castles and Stonehenge, don’t know if I would have wanted to go on this pilgrimage. I realized just how transforming the pilgrimage was at the final Evensong- during the anthem, I was moved to tears.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Review

Finally, I finished the Harry Potter Series- as Deathly Hallows is the 7th and final book of the series. I started rereading the series last year and finished it this week. Harry Potter is one of two series that made me fall in love with fantasy.

Harry Potter is preparing to leave the Dursleys and Privet Drive for the last time. But the future that awaits him is full of danger, not only for him, but for anyone close to him – and Harry has already lost so much. Only by destroying Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes can Harry free himself and overcome the Dark Lord’s forces of evil.

In this dramatic conclusion to the Harry Potter series, Harry must leave his most loyal friends behind, and in a final perilous journey find the strength and the will to face his terrifying destiny: a deadly confrontation that is his alone to fight

Goodreads

This is so much better than the movies—-as many know, Deathly Hallows was split in two movies. But I love the book a whole lot more for several reasons- Obviously because it was one book, the scenes flow better. There are a combo of heartbreaking and exciting deaths in Deathly Hallows (as part are characters I love and part are characters I hate).

It is a hunt for the Horcruxes——so there is a lot of loyalty and bravery found within our Golden Trio. After all, finding them is dangerous and getting caught by Death Eaters/Snatchers is possible. So Harry needed his two best friends to hunt for them and to destroy them. Those objects can easily corrupt- so you have to be careful.

At Hogwarts- I love seeing Neville develop a lot more (He has one of the strongest developments in the entire series, but is strongly shown in Deathly Hallows). A lot of good scenes happen there- The Battle of Hogwarts all the way to the final duel (lots of incredible moments)

True, Deathly Hallows is probably the most heartbreaking of the books, but one filled with adventure, suspense, plot twists, and lots of sacrifice, bravery and loyalty. Bravery and Loyalty- not just shown through Ron and Hermione, but through those who participated in the Battle of Hogwarts (as in those one the good side).

Tale of the Cattail Forest- Update

As many know, my main WIP is Tale of the Cattail Forest. Hard to believe how far it has come- gotten all the way to its 6th draft. The story is a middle grade (8-12) fantasy centering on Fairy Frogs and Toads. We have Sparkle as our protagonist and Sarge as our antagonist. The main theme of the book is friendship.

Below is the summary blurb:

After moving to Fairy Creek where the Fairy Frogs live, Sparkle explores her new surroundings to pursue her craft. She is always looking for adventure and new places to draw, but when she ventures out beyond Fairy Creek into Graysloup, she encounters some toads, meets new challenges,  and makes unlikely friendships. The friendships all begin when she decides to befriend a young toad named Marge.

Things become challenging after encountering Sarge, leader of the toads, who tries to prevent all the friendships. Will the courage and cleverness of the Fairy Frogs stop Sarge from breaking up these new friendships? The frogs and toads learn how to use their talents and explore new ways of developing compassion and friendships

I think I now am on draft 7- not much writing has to be done, and the time has come to focus on illustrations. It is my responsibility to draw the map of The Cattail Forest, which has four main locations- Fairy Creek, Cattail Marsh, Graysloup, and The Bog. The thing to note about The Bog is that it is located in Graysloup, but deep as in hard to find. The other illustrations- that requires an illustrator as I am not good at drawing.

Characters

  1. Sparkle
  2. Misty
  3. Aries
  4. Darcy
  5. Felipe
  6. Celeste
  7. Tweetsie
  8. Sarge
  9. Norg
  10. Marge
  11. Claude
  12. Effa
  13. Rudy

Locations

Fairy Creek– of all the locations in The Cattail Forest, this is the most vivid- the place where The Fairy Frogs live. It has cattails, creeks, a Daisy-shaped Gazebo, treehouses, and painted pebbles lining the creeks. The creeks are clear so always fun to be around. The Gazebo is always a fun place to hang out especially on performance days. Plus if it is raining, usually something is planned and that project is done in the biggest treehouse.

Cattail Marsh– While the Fairy Frogs no longer live here, it still is one of the locations. It is more like a neighbor to Graysloup. It has less space to do art projects than the place they moved to.

Graysloup– who would want to live here? Murky and humid all the time, stillwater that is dirty and muddy, and not much color, plus ditches exist here. The Toads have to sleep underneath a highway

The Bog– Yes, it exists in Graysloup, but only Sarge knows about it. His main source of comfort growing up. He made it a playground of sorts. Everything is deeper here- the amount of mud, how deep the ditches are, and the deepness of the creeks and even the color of the water is less appealing. It is just hidden so hard to find.

Non-Musicals I Either Enjoy or Love

Like many new, there are different types of ways to experience theater. There are plays, operas, ballets, and musicals. It is a well-known fact that I am drawn to musicals the most, but doesn’t mean I haven’t enjoyed the other kinds of theatre. So, what non-musicals did I even enjoy or love?

La Bohème

If I never fell in love Rent, I would never have given this opera a chance. Originally experienced by The Met’s live stream in Cinemas. It was the year 2020 when I finally saw the opera in person as a date with my mom. There is something about Puccini that makes his opera’s incredible- don’t know what. The tragic love story of Rodolofo and Mimi.

The Nutcracker

Of course, this Christmas Ballet would be on here. Seen it a couple of times- mostly by the Charlotte Ballet. Hard not to love this famous ballet.

Peter and the Starcatcher

Of all the plays I saw at college, this was my favorite. I actually was one of the ushers for it.