Author: Diane Thies

Review of Boston Ballet’s Shades of Sound

Editors Note: Boston Ballet’s current production is the perfect date night or girls night out. It runs through March 29th. Special thanks to contributors Diane Thies of Dollops of Diane and Nikki Amara Myers of Nikki Myers Photography for this review and the sneak peek on stage. On Thursday night, my friend Karin and I headed into Boston for opening night of Boston Ballet’s Shades of Sounds. We started off with wine and appetizers before heading to the theater. What better way to start a girls’ night out, right? I actually had no idea what to expect for the show since this was my first trip to the Ballet. The performances were entertaining, thought provoking, and all around beautiful. Shades of Sound is composed of three different works of amazing music and alluring choreography featuring Wayne McGregor’s Chroma, George Balanchine’s Episodes, and Hans van Manen’s Black Cake. Each piece is unique and quite different from the last so you feel like you get to see three different shows in one. Chroma left me wondering how the dancers could move and contort their bodies in such shapes and poses. Episodes reminded me of classical ballet with lots of balancing, gliding, and twirling. Black Cake provided comic relief with dancers gleefully enjoying a party atmosphere complete with a little too much champagne flowing! Each piece is also separated with an intermission....

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Annie The Musical Review

Editor’s Note: Special thanks to Diane Thies from Dollops of Diane for taking us inside Opening Night of Annie with this review! My seven year old daughter, Isabelle, five year old son, Henry, and I headed into Boston as guests for opening night of Annie at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. We arrived for Annie and Daddy Warbucks’ red carpet arrival. They came in an old timey car and gave autographs to the kids. It was super cute. We then headed into the theatre for the start of an amazing show! It was charming, heartfelt, comical, and entertaining. It was the whole package. The theatre provided booster seats for the kids which was great so that they could easily see all the action. I couldn’t help but marvel over Annie and the other orphans and think of just how young they are. Issie Swickle who plays Annie is NINE. Nine years old?!?! Amazing. She was flawless – they all were. I particularly loved Miss Hannigan, played by Lynn Andrews. She nailed the performance with humor and charisma! The theatre was full of a lot of children but you barely heard them. Everyone was engrossed in the performance. The show itself is somewhat long – it ran a little over two and a half hours (with a 15 minute intermission – refreshments available). My suggestion if you are...

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The Big Apple Circus : Luminocity in Boston Review

On Saturday, I had the opportunity to bring my five year old son, Henry, to the Big Apple Circus in Boston. Henry has actually been asking pretty much since he could talk when we could go to the circus so I knew he would be excited. I told him just a few minutes before we were leaving and he immediately said, “I can’t wait to see the tent!!” It’s funny because in all honesty I hadn’t given any thought at all to the tent. When we rounded the block corner though and the tent came into view the look of awe on his face was wondrous. I always love opportunities where you get to relive small moments through the eyes of a child – and the circus is a great place for just that! From the moment we walked in we were greeted by friendly faces and an atmosphere of excitement. The Big Apple Circus is in its 36th season so it’s no wonder that they’ve got it down right. All events take place in one ring in an intimate environment. No seat is more than 50 feet from the ring! The performance kept parents laughing and children in amazement. From captivating juggling (by a 15 year old!), to ladder climbing, to jokes, to live horses, to acrobats, there was never a dull moment. If I had to pick...

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