On Thursday, we went to see Hairspray for our theatre class. It was a bit of a struggle getting to this theater as it was out in Arlington and not really metro accessible. It was also a pretty big rush to get there on time since some of us work until 6, and we had to be there by 7:30. I didn't really get to eat dinner due to the timing. The show was so fun though! I had seen the movie before and liked it okay, but the show definitely exceed my expectations. I loved it! The stage was one that came out into the audience, so people were sitting on three sides of it. There were also places for the actors to come out from the back corners of the theater almost right next to us. We were in the second row in front of the stage, so we were very close to the action. I wasn't expecting that at all so that was a great surprise. By the end of the show I had the urge to get up, sing, and dance with the cast, and I've had "You Can't Stop The Beat" in my head ever since we saw it. I think that is what a musical should do to you! The actress that played Amber Von Tussle is coming to speak to our class in a few weeks, so that will be neat to get her perspective on things. This show was the one I was most excited about, and I loved it. I'm hoping the others are just as good though the bar is set high!
|Corny Collins Show sign on the set of Hairspray|
|All of us before Hairspray|
Yesterday I decided I would go to the Natural History Museum and the National Archives. The Natural History museum was neat, but it was definitely geared more towards kids and there were a lot of kids and families there. I liked the ocean hall and the gems and minerals section especially. The gems were super sparkly and gorgeous, and they have the Hope Diamond there, too. It reminded me of seeing the crown jewels at the Tower of London, which was one of my favorite sights on my trip there. Then, I went to the National Archives to see the Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence among other things. There was actually no line for that part so I must have gotten there at a good time. The Declaration is very faded and you can barely see anything on it, but the Constitution is actually in really good condition I thought. It is amazing how just some pieces of parchment are something so valuable and historic to our country and have survived all of these years.
|Main Lobby of Natural History Museum|