“Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” [1958, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives] #50FromThe50s

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

I am really happy to say that I have watched several movies from the 1950s now and most have been very good! Right now I am watching the movies in my living room, but I have a projector and screen set up in my basement that I hope to start viewing them on soon. I just need to get like one more cord or something to have that baby fully operational! Today’s movie is “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof,” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. Seriously, could these two be any prettier to look at?

“Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” [1958, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives]

After Brick Pollitt (Paul Newman) injures himself while drunkenly revisiting his high school sports-star days, he and his tempestuous wife, Maggie (Elizabeth Taylor), visit his family’s Mississippi plantation for the 65th birthday of his hot-tempered father, Big Daddy (Burl Ives). Cantankerous even with declining health, Big Daddy demands to know why Brick and Maggie haven’t yet given him a grandchild, unlike Brick’s brother Gooper (Jack Carson) and his fecund wife, Mae (Madeleine Sherwood).

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

My Thoughts On “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof”

We often hear of women that grow “frigid” after a marriage is a few years old. We hear it so often, in fact, that it has become a subject often joked about in normal conversation. But marriage isn’t as simple as that. And sometimes the man grows tired of the affections of the woman instead. Elizabeth Taylor’s character longs for her alcoholic husband [Paul Newman] to touch her but he’s not interested due to a long standing grudge he has against her. Instead of divorcing, they decide to stay together and, I guess, tolerate each other. But that arrangement just won’t work for Maggie.

This movie is beautiful, touching and very well acted. I felt so much empathy for Maggie. It’s hard not to feel compassion for someone as she pleads with her husband, telling him that it’s lonelier to be with someone who doesn’t love her than it would be to just be alone. As the movie progresses, we learn more about why he feels the way he does and why he is withholding and cruel towards her. Life is layered and always more complicated than it looks from another perspective and that is no different with this relationship and how things appear to their prying family members.

Cat On A Hot Tin Roof

Have you seen “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof?” What did you think of the movie? Which character could you most empathize with? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.

Check Out The Rest Of Our #50FromThe50s Movie Suggestions

1. North By Northwest [1959, Cary Grant]

2. Rebel Without A Cause [1955, James Dean & Natalie Wood]

3. How To Marry A Millionaire [1953, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall]

4. The Ten Commandments [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner]

5. Love In The Afternoon [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

6. An Affair To Remember [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]

7. A Face In The Crowd [1957, Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau]

8. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof [1958, Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives]

“A Face In The Crowd” [1957, Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau] #50FromThe50s

A Face In The Crowd

We are just trucking along on our #50FromThe50s quaratine moviethon. How many of the listed movies have you watched so far? Today’s movie, “A Face In The Crowd” is one that I had not heard of but decided to watch based on a recommendation. What did I think of it? Read on to see. 😉 And if you have any other must-sees to tell me aboout, please let me know.

“A Face In The Crowd” [1957, Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau]

Ambitious young radio producer Marcia Jeffries (Patricia Neal) finds a charming rogue named Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes (Andy Griffith) in an Arkansas drunk tank and puts him on the air. Soon, Rhodes’ local popularity gets him an appearance on television in Memphis, which he parlays into national network stardom that he uses to endorse a presidential candidate for personal gain. But the increasingly petulant star’s ego, arrogance and womanizing threaten his rise to the top.

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My Thoughts On “A Face In The Crowd”

As many of you know, I live in Mount Airy, NC, the town that Mayberry [the Andy Griffith Show] was based on. Take a look around town and there will be no doubt of the town’s adoration of the late actor. Mount Airy is crammed full of shout outs to Andy Griffith from his old homeplace to Floyd’s Barbershop and from Snappy Lunch to the police car [that looks like the one in the iconic show] that offers tours of the town. But, you might want to take a seat for this, I’ve seen only a few episodes of The Andy Griffith Show and I could just never really get into it. *Gasp!*

One of my friends recommended that I check out “A Face In The Crowd” and I decided, “Why not?” And I have to say, Griffith kills it in this dramatic role. I find it interesting how little we have really changed from the gullible consumers of the 50s. Just as the crowds flocked to buy everything that Lonesome Rhodes was pushing then, we also feel compelled to purchase everything our idols tout today. I mean, is makeup really better just because it has the name Kardashian on it? Are shoes more comfortable because a basketball star is wearing them? For whatever reason we seem to think so. When it came down to it, Lonesome Rhodes really just wasn’t that good of a person. Yet everyone thought he somehow knew more than they did and his opinion was valued greater.

“A Face In The Crowd” also shows you that sometimes the more power and adoration people have, the less happy they seem to be. Lonesome was quite content playing his guitar for a few drunks in the county lockup. But when he had a country full of excited fans, he slowly came unwound, losing both his filter and his empathy for others along the way. The more he had, the more he lost.

“A Face In The Crowd” is an excellent movie the delves into social and ethical issues that are still relevant today. Even better, Andy Griffith gives a brilliant performance. I highly recommend this movie. 🙂

A Face In The Crowd

Have you seen “A Face In The Crowd?” If so, what did you think? Do you prefer Andy Griffith in dramatic roles or comedies? Let us know in the comments below or on social media.

Check Out The Rest Of Our #50FromThe50s Movie Suggestions

1. North By Northwest [1959, Cary Grant]

2. Rebel Without A Cause [1955, James Dean & Natalie Wood]

3. How To Marry A Millionaire [1953, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall]

4. The Ten Commandments [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner]

5. Love In The Afternoon [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

6. An Affair To Remember [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]

7. A Face In The Crowd [1957, Andy Griffith, Patricia Neal, Walter Matthau]

Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series Now Available

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I think I am one of the only people on the planet who has only seen a few episodes of Big Bang Theory. I have friends who love it and that is why I have seen a few episodes – with them. And I found it absolutely hilarious. I have always wanted to see the complete series but I could never find every episode on one of the streaming services. So, I just decided to wait. And now is my chance, and yours too, to see Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series – every episode – without commercials! And it’s here, just in time to entertain us when we need it most! Thanks guys!

Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series Now Available

The Complete Series of this blockbuster comedy follows the hilarious trajectory of best friends Leonard Hofstadter and Sheldon Cooper: geniuses in the lab and challenged in the real world. Yet both somehow manage to entangle themselves in wedded bliss: Leonard with his street-smart neighbor, Penny, and Sheldon, after a long courtship, with Amy, a successful neurobiologist. Across 12 universally beloved seasons, they and their friends-fellow scientist Howard, his adorable microbiologist wife, Bernadette, and astrophysicist bachelor Raj-attempt to solve quotidian conundrums posed by academia, family crises and video games while solving world-changing problems in physics. Proving, ultimately, that what matters most in the universe is fun, friendship and a well-founded theory. Oh, and a Nobel Prize would be nice.

From Chuck Lorre Productions, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. Television, The Big Bang Theory stars Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Mayim Bialik and Melissa Rauch. Relive all of the hilarious and heartfelt memories, and own the complete series today!

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“An Affair To Remember” [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr] #50FromThe50s

An Affair To Remember

We are moving along nicely in our #50FromThe50s movie watching experience. How are you guys doing? Have you been watching any of the suggested movies? Do you have any to suggest of your own? This week, we review “An Affair To Remember.” I would love to know if any of you agree with my assessment I shared at the end of this post. Let me know! Happy movie watching!

“An Affair To Remember” [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]

A man and a woman have a romance while on a cruise from Europe to New York. Despite being engaged to other people, both agree to reunite at the top of the Empire State Building in six months. However, an unfortunate accident keeps her from the reunion, and he fears that she has married or does not love him anymore.

An Affair To Remember

My Thoughts On “An Affair To Remember”

I have to say, this film isn’t really my cup of tea. I almost stopped watching at 45 minutes in because I just wasn’t getting into it. Life isn’t really all that long, you know, and that’s 45 minutes I’ll never get back. But I pushed through.

“An Affair To Remember” contains some absolutely ridiculous scenes, especially when Grant and Kerr’s characters are eating back to back in the dining hall, thinking they are slick but obviously not, and everyone is staring and laughing. Seriously? All of these people are vacationing and not a single one of them has anything better to do than to wonder what these two strangers are up to? I don’t buy it. “An Affair To Remember” does have a twist at the end that almost saves the movie but then Kerr’s character says yet another stupid thing and blows it again. I won’t tell you what that stupid thing is, as it contains a spoiler, but you’ll know it when you hear it.

I would recommend this movie to huge Cary Grant fans who want to complete the collection or to those who find soap opera storytelling absolutely riveting. Meh.

An Affair To Remember

Have you seen “An Affair To Remember?” If so, what did you think? Do you agree with my opinion? Why or why not? We would love for you to share your comments below or on our social media channels.

Check Out The Rest Of Our #50FromThe50s Movie Suggestions

1. North By Northwest [1959, Cary Grant]

2. Rebel Without A Cause [1955, James Dean & Natalie Wood]

3. How To Marry A Millionaire [1953, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall]

4. The Ten Commandments [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner]

5. Love In The Afternoon [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

6. An Affair To Remember [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]

“Love In The Afternoon” [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper] #50FromThe50s

Love In The Afternoon

What’s everyone been watching lately? I tried powering through that “Tiger King” mess like everyone else but could only get through the 1st episode a few weeks ago. I might finish it at some point [doubtful] but I was really hoping, for my pandemic viewing pleasure, to take in some more classic cinema. For those of you like me, I present to you Audrey Hepburn in “Love In The Afternoon.”

“Love In The Afternoon” [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

French private investigator Claude Chavasse (Maurice Chevalier) discovers his client’s wife has been having an affair with an American playboy, Frank Flannagan (Gary Cooper). When the client decides to kill Frank, Claude’s sheltered daughter, Ariane (Audrey Hepburn), throws off the plan and saves his life. The two are instantly attracted to one another, but Ariane doesn’t reveal her name. Frank then hires Claude to locate Ariane, unaware he has sent him on a mission to find his own daughter.

Love In The Afternoon

My Thoughts On “Love In The Afternoon”

This movie is really cute. I especially love the scene with Gary Cooper, the gypsies and the wine cart. While watching, I kept wondering how many times they had to shoot that scene to get it right? Back in the day, there were more long, extended scenes that had to be done right in one shot. Today, we are able to splice different takes together so I will assume that makes the actual shooting much easier since errors can more easily be taken out.

I found Audrey Hepburn’s character very endearing. She grew quite fond of Gary Cooper’s character though, I gotta say, he was a pig and didn’t exactly deserve it. But she was much smarter than he was and her character makes the movie! If you like romantic comedies, I believe you will enjoy “Love In The Afternoon.”

Love In The Afternoon

Have you seen “Love In The Afternoon”? If so, what did you think? What is your favorite Audrey Hepburn film? Let us know in the comments below or on our social media channels.

Check Out The Rest Of Our #50FromThe50s Movie Suggestions

1. North By Northwest [1959, Cary Grant]

2. Rebel Without A Cause [1955, James Dean & Natalie Wood]

3. How To Marry A Millionaire [1953, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall]

4. The Ten Commandments [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner]

5. Love In The Afternoon [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

6. An Affair To Remember [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]

“The Ten Commandments” [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner] #50FromThe50s

ten commandments

Six years ago I set out on an ambitious goal. I decided to review 50 movies from the 1950s. I wanted to expand my cinematic horizons and share that newfound wisdom with you guys. Three movies in and I scrapped the plan. Nice job, huh? So, here we are, six years later and in the midst of a pandemic. I think we could all use some movie inspiration. I can’t speak for everyone, but I can only binge watch so many sitcoms. So, I am giving it another go. For your viewing pleasure this week, I present to you “The Ten Commandments.”

“The Ten Commandments” [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner] #50FromThe50s

Enjoying a life of ease in the court of Egypt’s pharaoh, Moses (Charlton Heston) discovers his Hebrew heritage and, later, God’s expectations of him. He dedicates himself to liberating his people from captivity and — with the aid of plagues and divine intervention — manages to lead them out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. A greater challenge comes in the form of the golden calf idol, however, and it takes an unforgettable visitation by God on Mount Sinai for Moses’ mission to prevail.

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My Thoughts On “The Ten Commandments”

I watched this movie because my friend Myndi was talking about how great it was on Facebook and how it was coming on TV that night. Having never seen the movie myself, I decided to watch and I am so glad that I did. “The Ten Commandments” is an AMAZING movie. Charlton Heston and Yul Brenner both give amazing performances and I feel like the story follows closely to that of the Bible. For all of you believers out there, I think that this movie will resonate with you on a deep spiritual level. For those of you who love CGI and action pictures of today, this movie has some pretty cool graphics given the time in which it was produced. I mean, it was made in the 50s! If you are looking for a movie that is safe to watch with the kids, I think you can all enjoy this as a family pretty safely. I highly recommend this movie. 🙂

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Have you seen “The Ten Commandments?” If so, what did you think? Drop a comment below or on social media and let us know.

Check Out The Rest Of Our #50FromThe50s Movie Suggestions

1. North By Northwest [1959, Cary Grant]

2. Rebel Without A Cause [1955, James Dean & Natalie Wood]

3. How To Marry A Millionaire [1953, Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall]

4. The Ten Commandments [1956, Charlton Heston, Yul Brenner]

5. Love In The Afternoon [1957, Audrey Hepburn, Gary Cooper]

6. An Affair To Remember [1957, Cary Grant, Deborah Kerr]

Today’s Laughs Brought To You By The Impractical Jokers

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I have been watching Impractical Jokers on TruTV for years and I have to tell you, I love these fools. They are always daring each other to do the craziest things. I think they are all great but I have to admit that I have a soft spot for Joe. That nut will do ANYTHING to win! And he gets the craziest looks on his face. I usually start laughing before he even starts the dare. Q’s really funny, too, but he chickens out too much when a cute girl is involved. And poor Sal. He’s scared of cats, and he’s in a dare show, for pete’s sakes. Pull it together, man.

“Hoping we can provide some laughs to families and friends at a time when we can all surely use some,” said The Tenderloins.  

I think my favorite gag on Impractical Jokers is when they do presentations where they have to read what the other jokers wrote for them, I also love then they have to present some type of crazy invention that the others made up that totally sucks and no one would ever buy. They always come up with something insane and hilarious to try to push their product.

Today’s Laughs Brought To You By The Impractical Jokers

Impractical Jokers: The Movie stars James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn, Joe Gatto, and Sal Vulcano, also known as the comedy troupe The Tenderloins, playing themselves in a fictional story of a humiliating high school mishap from the early nineties. Featuring appearances from Paula Abdul, Jaden Smith, and Joey Fatone, the movie combines the fictional narrative with real life footage of over-the-top punishments and callbacks to classic moments from the series. Once the Impractical Jokers hit the road, they compete in hidden camera challenges for the chance to turn back the clock and find redemption.

Impractical Jokers: The Movie is produced by Gatto, Murray, Quinn, Vulcano, Henchy, and Funny Or Die’s Jim Ziegler and Buddy Enright. Executive producers include Jack Rovner and Funny Or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell.

The Impractical Jokers series has aired eight seasons with over 200 episodes to date and remains a top three original cable comedy series with ratings that continue to grow. New episodes of Impractical Jokers keep truTV in the top 10 ranking among cable networks in primetime.

My Thoughts On Impractical Jokers: The Movie

I thought it was hilarious! The first few minutes, I was kind of like, “What is going on here?” but it made sense about 10 minutes later. Don’t worry. This movie has plenty of hijinks like you have come to expect from the Jokers. They make a road trip from NY to Miami to see a Paula Abdul concert, pranking each other along the way. As a North Carolinian, I love that The Jokers stopped at both The Outer Banks and South Of The Border. And Murr is hilarious in his hotel rooms along the way. If you are a fan of the show, or if you love sketch comedy or prank shows, I think that you will really enjoy this movie.

I’m sure you are tired of all the recent stress. Take a load off and allow yourself to have a laugh. This the movie that you need right now. 🙂

Buy Impractical Jokers: The Movie on digital today and let me know what you think!

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About The Tenderloins

The Tenderloins is a New York-based comedy troupe, whose four members – Joe Gatto, James Murray, Brian Quinn and Sal Vulcano – are the Creators, Executive Producers, and Stars of truTV’s hit series, Impractical Jokers. Now in its ninth season, Impractical Jokers follows The Tenderloins as they compete to embarrass each other while being filmed by hidden cameras, all the while showcasing their longstanding camaraderie. Their newest TV show – TBS’s “The Misery Index” hosted by Jameela Jamil – premiered as a top rated cable comedy in 2019 and recently wrapped production on its second season. In addition to TV success, The Troupe has toured steadily over the last six years with its wildly popular live show, performing for over one million fans in the US and UK, including six sold-out nights at Radio City Music Hall, a sold-out Madison Square Garden, and six sold-out shows at London’s O2 Arena. Natives of Staten Island, NY, Vulcano, Gatto, Murray and Quinn met while attending high school and later formed The Tenderloins Comedy Troupe in 1999. After years of performing live improv and sketch comedy, The Tenderloins crossed over to the web, garnering millions of views for their internet sketches, eventually creating the runaway success Impractical Jokers for truTV. In addition to success in the US, Impractical Jokers is the #1 show on Comedy Central in the United Kingdom and India.

Check Out The New Emma Teaser Trailer

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Listen up, Jane Austen fans and book lovers! On February 21st, 2020, Focus Features will release EMMA in select theaters! And we have the first look at the Emma teaser trailer for you today! So if you haven’t ready the book, you have plenty of time to do so before this classic hits theaters early next year. Who’s down for curling up next to the nice, cozy fire and reading this book in preparation for the upcoming release?

Check Out The New Emma Teaser Trailer

Story: Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending, is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of EMMA. Handsome, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

Director: Autumn de Wilde
Writers: Eleanor Catton
Producers: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin

Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Johnny Flynn, Bill Nighy, Mia Goth, Miranda Hart, Josh O’Connor, Callum Turner, Rupert Graves, Gemma Whelan, Amber Anderson, Tanya Reynolds, Connor Swindells

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Things To Do This Weekend: See Les Miserables In Charlotte

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Les Miserables: Mary Kate Moore as Fantine

It’s almost the weekend and we don’t have to give this week to the kiddos and Halloween [Happy Halloween, by the way]. The kids get today. That’s it. This weekend can be yours! So here’s what you need to do. Get dressed up, go out to dinner with your friends and catch Les Miserables at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, NC. You can thank me later.

Things To Do This Weekend: See Les Miserables In Charlotte

Tuesday night, my friend Leigh and I did just that. Neither of us had seen Les Miserables on the stage previously. And I really knew very little about the plot of the musical except what my friend, Jason, told me: that a man’s life was forever changed after he stole a loaf of bread to feed a child.

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Les Miserables: Allison Guinn as Madame Thenardier

Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck, cheering “Les Miz is born again!” (NY1). Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption – a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars,” “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.

Les Miserables may have been written by Victor Hugo in the 19th century, but the story still resonates. Poverty is an issue that is, unfortunately, quite prevalent today. And the punishment and “invisibility” to other members of society that can often come with an impoverished existence is something that we may never overcome. Why is it that the people who have often feel like the people who have not deserve their placement in life? Why is it that the people who have often feel that their fortunate placement in life at birth has more to do with their rights than sheer luck?

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Les Miserables: Josh Davis and Nick Cartell

Instead of giving a hand up and out of poverty, we often punish those that are poor with anything from late fees [more money they don’t have] to punishments that are both biased and disproportionate to the actual crime committed. These “deterrents” often drive the convicted, and also their family, further into poverty, thus producing a virtually impossible to break cycle of recidivism. It’s hard to change your life when the system seems to work against you.

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Les Miserables: Jillian Butler as Cosette

The themes of Les Miserables are relevant today and the music will break your heart. When Fantine tearfully sings, “I Dreamed A Dream,” how many of us can relate? We’ve all experienced heartache, sadness, loss and desperation. And many of us have felt utter hopelessness at some point in our lives, as well.

Through all of the heartbreak and loss, in the end, Les Miserables is a story about hope and redemption. Though life can sometimes seemingly beat us into submission, there is still always the possibility for change just around the corner. Most of the characters in Les Miserables have no material possessions. But what they do have is hope. Though “..life [may have] killed the dream I dreamed,” it will never stop me from dreaming a new one.

See Les Miserables now through November 3rd at Ovens Auditorium. Get tickets here.

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Les Miserables [Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy]

Things To Know Before You Go

Ovens Auditorium has convenient parking in a lot right beside the building. I had not been to Ovens Auditorium prior to this night and was glad for the ease of parking as that is not always the case in cities. One of the parking lot security guys also told me that Ovens Auditorium has been in operation since 1955.

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“Mary, Queen Of Scots” At Piedmont Opera + Tips For First Time Opera Attendees

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I love music. What I find funny is that, since I was an on air personality at a country radio station, I have run across many people that mistakenly assume that ALL I like is country music. And that is not even remotely close. I think my musical tastes are pretty well rounded and I like at least a few artists in in most any genre from Bluegrass to Rap.

“Mary, Queen Of Scots” At Piedmont Opera + Tips For First Time Opera Attendees

Here’s an example: in high school, I went on a trip to Canada and saw “Phantom Of The Opera” off Broadway and I was mesmerized. I came home and immediately found the Broadway soundtrack and played that poor cassette into the ground. “The phantom of the opera is here inside your mind…”

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Fast forward to the present where I found out that the Piedmont Opera was doing a production of “Mary, Queen of Scots.” Since “Phantom Of The Opera” is the closest thing to an opera I have ever actually seen, I really wanted to expand my cultural repertoire and check this out.

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Freedom. After 18 years of being held prisoner by Queen Elizabeth, her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots breathes fresh air. Believing herself to be the true heir to the throne, Mary has been imprisoned first for plotting against her cousin, and ultimately for attempting to murder her. This day of freedom turns to condemnation as these empowered women have a momentous meeting.

My Thoughts On “Mary, Queen Of Scots”

On Friday night, I took myself to Winston-Salem. I went shopping and then to the Piedmont Opera’s production of “Mary, Queen of Scots” [starring Yulia Lysenko as Elizabeth I and Jodi Burns as Mary Stuart] at the Stevens Center in Winston-Salem, NC and I thoroughly enjoyed my evening. I don’t know all of the proper terminology to describe my opera experience sufficiently to you, but I did attend the opera pre-talk so that I can start educating myself. If given the opportunity, I think you should always choose to learn. You are never too old to expand your horizons and to expose yourself to new things. You never truly know what you will like until you try it. And I absolutely loved the opera! The singing was amazing, I mean next level amazing. The costumes were gorgeous, the educational experience beforehand was interesting and I had a great experience overall that I hope to get to do again really soon.

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Tips For First Time Opera Attendees

Don’t let your not having previously experiencing something stop you from ever experiencing that thing. That’s absurd. I had many questions before I went to the opera, but I really wanted to go and I did not let my questions stop me. Let me share some tips for first time opera attendees with you so that hopefully I can alleviate any fears you might have before going to the opera yourself.

  1. Is there parking near the Stevens Center? Yes, there is. I parked in a nice garage about 1 block away and paid for my parking in advance with my card. The machine takes cash, as well, so it’s super convenient. The deck was not crowded and I was able to easily pull away after the opera as my parking was already covered.
  2. Do people dress up for the opera? Yes, many do. Most men were wearing suits and ties, but I did see a few in nice pullovers or button down shirts. Many of the women were in cocktail dresses, but many were also dressed business casual. I was wearing a nice top, leggings and slip on shoes and felt completely comfortable. I do not recommend wearing jeans, tshirts, or other super casual clothing.
  3. Is the opera in English? I am sure that many of them are, but “Mary, Queen of Scots” was in Italian. However, there was a screen above the stage with the dialog in English for you to easily follow along. No, it was not running super fast like you sometimes experience with movies with subtitles. I find that stressful. I think the opera subtitles shared just what was necessary so that you could follow along and still be engaged with the production taking place on the stage.
  4. Can you donate to Piedmont Opera? Yes you can! Click here to learn how you can make a tax-deductible donation to the Piedmont Opera.
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