cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Rebecca)
While in London I also attended a performance of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap", apparently a must-see piece. It has been running since 1952, so it's clearly popular. I enjoy good crime-dramas on the telly, such as Inspector Morse, A Touch of Frost, Foyle's War and so on, but I must confess I've never been a fan of the Agatha Christie adaptions, nor the one book I tried reading once. I think it's because I never found her characters to be particularly engaging. In sum, I decided to watch a crime-drama, not a Christie piece.

The Mousetrap )


A few weeks ago I attended a live-transmission of the final performance of Richard Wagner's "Das Rheingold" at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. It was steamed in HD to my local cinema, and I only had to pay some 25 pounds to see it. "Das Rheingold" is the first of the four operas in the "Der Ring des Nibelungen" sequence, which also "Die Walküre" is a part of.

Das Rheingold )
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Default)
The 25th Anniversary concert at the O2 arena was obviously the primary reason I chose to go to to London during this particular weekend, as it was one of those "once-in-a-lifetime" events I'd have hated to miss. We were quite worried about getting to and from the O2 arena, as there was a strike on the Jubilee-line scheduled for that evening, but that didn't end up being a problem. We made sure to leave our hotel very early though, just to ensure we didn't miss it. Instead of hanging around without doing anything in particular we decided to watch "Back to the Future" at the cinema. I'm not a fan, and the sound was obnoxiously loud, but it was a quite nice way to pass the time. The best thing about getting there early was the fact that I didn't have to queue to buy my program:)

Date: 3nd of October, evening
Seat: Vis a vis the stage, just half a mile away. One of the 110 tickets, I believe. About 100 pounds at least.
Venue: The 02 arena. It's massive. Gigantic. That's all.

Review )

This is the first time I've used Semagic to post an entry, so if anything looks weird blame that.
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Default)
Dad and I spent last weekend in London, and had a great time! The trip and all the theatre tickets I wanted was one of my presents for my 18th birthday - among the best I've ever received:) I have a rather large theatre review backlog at the moment(Les Mis O2 concert, The Mousetrap, Romeo and Juliet in Norway, Iphigeneia in Norway, live transmission of Das Rheingold from the Met), but I'm starting out with the Les Mis tour!


Performance: 2nd of October 2010 matinee, second-to-last performance.
Seat: Row A, slightly to the right of the centre. Dad had what was probably the cheapest ticket in the house, rather high up as far I know.
Venue: Barbican Theatre

It was okay, but I have some issues with what they've done )
All in all, a good afternoon spent! As usual, after seeing Les Mis, I'm back in that particular fandom mood, which is nice:) Been a while since last time. Very good timing too, as I'm reading the book for my thesis-thingy in Norwegian class. Soon finished with book two now (...only four to go, less than two weeks to get there...I've already skimmed quite a few pages I know won't be useful).
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (One day more)
First of all, welcome to all new members of my f!list! First thing you need to know about me is the fact that I'm utterly unable to post things to this journal within my own personal deadlines; this review I intended to post sometime before the 10th of January at the very last. Observe how that turned out:( Oh well, I should know better by now.

Anyway, I spend a few days in Copenhagen over the Christmas hols, and naturally saw Les Mis a couple of times.

Review over here! )
I think I really have to go to bed now, even though it's only 10 pm here. Didn't get nearly enough sleep last night.
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (producer partners)

Here are my thought on the musicals I've recently seen, as promised in my last post:)

 

Let others rise, to take our place, until the earth is free! )

 
 

Sunset Boulevard, Destination for the stony-hearted... )


 
 

He could be a star for all we know... )

 

Telll me it's not true... )

 

Everyone's a little bit racist, it's true... )

 

They had it coming! They had it coming! They only had themselves to blame... )

 

This is a reminder to myself: Check the cast of the musicals you aren't planning to see before ordering tickets. Burn Gorman is in "Oliver!", playing Mr Sikes. I really want to see that. What is it with Torchwood and musicals, anyway? There's John Barrowman, Naoko in Avenue Q, Burn in Oliver!, Gareth in that show he did, though I don’t think that quite qualifies as a musical. Does Eve Myles have any plans for the future?
 

 

The hills are alive, with the Sound of Music... )


Feel free to ask if you think I forgot anything of interest:)
 


 
cynicale: Drew Sarich, Leanne Dobinson, Jon Robyns and Nancy Sullivan (Default)
Turns out I haven't updated this journal the last thirteen weeks 0_O! I've thought about it now and then, but it has never come to anything, and time seems to pass faster when I watch the "number of weeks since last update" counter grow:)

A quick recap of the last couple of months:

Here )


...Twilight...yes )


School-related stuff:

We won't receive our grades until 20. January, strangely enough. I think I will be reasonably pleased, but I'll have to improve a bit. Four of my grades will be final this summer; English, Science, Geography and Social Studies. My English teacher told me she would give me a 6 (!!!), and there's a small chance I will get one in Science (which is very strange, since it used to be my most hated theoretical subject, until this year), and the others are both pretty strong 5's. My Norwegian grades are really bad, but I might manage to scrape a 5 in Bokmål at least.

This term, I've had some experience with bad grades for the first time, which is probably healthy. First, there was a test I got 4- on, in Math, (but just about the whole class failed, so it will be disregarded. Lucky me;)), and then my Norwegian teacher gave me a 3, when I wrote a fairy-tale in nynorsk. That is the singularly worst grade I have ever received, not counting my first term grade in P.E, three years ago (another 3). But, I take my reaction to these grades as a sign of having matured a bit more; last year, I would without a doubt started crying the moment I got home, now I don't care as much. I have until 2011, if not even later (see below) to fix my Norwegian grade, so it doesn't matter.

I'm thinking of taking a break between my second and third year of schooling, and instead taking a year abroad, through EF. I'm thinking of taking what's called EF Multi-Language year; nine months spent on two or three different locations, learning two or three different languages. It sounds very fun, but I haven't quite decided yet. My original plan was taking an EF High School Year instead of my second year, but I gave up on that, and now it's too late anyway (My reason for giving up was simply the fact that I want to take the available electives here next year;)). It'll will cost me quite a bit of money, and I just can't stand the thought of wasting it, so I have to weigh the pros and cons carefully, but come on, how amazing wouldn't it be to spend nine months in London, Paris and München (Munich) (my top three wishes), studying just English, French and German? Living arrangements will be a problem, as I want to avoid having to live with a family at all costs, and it seems like that's the only option in München. London is one thing, I wouldn't have a problem with communication, and in Paris I would at least have some experience with the language, enough to make my wishes known, but I don't speak German at all (I can sing songs from Rebecca, and it's close enough to Norwegian for me to understand quite a bit, but that's it. If I'm lucky I'll get it as an elective next year). In Germany, I would expect most people to speak English, but still... 

I'll probably update again sometime this week, as it is time to chose electives for next year. I have a lot to say on that subject:)

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