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30 April 2007 @ 09:12 am
My last day in LA...  
...again, not wanting to jinx myself, I will not say the traditional "I wish I could stay" since the last time I did this, I actually missed my flight home and DID stay... :P I'll simply say that I'm glad that I made the trip and it was certainly a great weekend of theatre!

Sleeping Beauty Wakes - for the last time!

It was sort of sad for me to say good bye to this show. Of all the shows that I've seen Kevin in, this was the most visually special... Meaning I can't buy a cast recording of the show or anything because the beauty lies not only in the beautiful score, but also in the beautiful interpretation of the signing in the show. Something I won't be able to re-live through a cast recording... :(

Saw the show again from a different side of the theatre and it was just as wonderful. The midnight "swim in the moat" scene has got to be THE MOST beautiful scene in the entire show! I think out of all the scenes, it's the one I'm going to miss the most... It's so incredibly beautiful and expressive that it doesn't need words at all! I certainly hope that this show has a life beyond Culver City because it would be a shame if I had to rely on my feeble memory to keep that scene with me...

Russell was captivating as always yesterday... I swear, the man simply lights up the stage whenever he's on it - whether he's the center of attention or not. That's the mark of true stage presence, I think. I certainly hope this is not the last time I'll be able to see him on stage - he's got SOOO much talent that if he doesn't pursue a stage career - or at least a career in the entertainment industry, it would be a real shame!

After the show I had a nice long talk with Kevin. We spoke about his family, Baxter (who sadly is getting very old and can no longer hear) :(, and his nephews - who I was surprised were so grown up now. Speaking of them, I told him I remembered when Jodi was pregnant with his first nephew - it was during "Spitfire Grill" - and I told him that I'd been seeing his shows for over 6 years now. OVER SIX YEARS? That's almost unbelievable!! It tickled me that his response to that was to laugh and applaud me with a little "Woo hoo!" :)

The entire conversation made me realize why I do the things that I do for Kevin and why, after all these years I still travel so far to see his shows. At times it feels like we're incredibly far out of touch, but the nice thing is that we can always sit down and talk, no matter how long its been and things between us will not have changed... I've missed knowing that.


Went to see "Beehive" later that evening and it was wonderful! The part of the show that always has me in tears is a beautiful moment before the end of the first act... "The Beat Goes On..." It's incredibly moving the way they integrate the song with narration of the most heartbreaking moments of the 60's - President Kennedy's assassination, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination, the vietnam war... SOOO incredibly moving that by the time the lights go down on the first act, everyone is basically in tears, it's that powerful!

Today I'm spending my day packing and getting ready to fly out. It's been a wonderful, wonderful trip - filled with SUCH moving and beautiful theatre moments. :) When I left, I said that this is what I really needed - especially after what's been happening the past couple of months... and I was right - though, at the time, I could never have known just how much it could've helped. Thank you to everyone who put up with and actually read through all my long entries this weekend!! I'll leave you all with some last photos I took at "Sleeping Beauty Wakes". :) HUGS!

I absolutely LOVE this photo of Roger, Carrie, Wade, and Laura!! And I loved seeing them for the matinee on Saturday!! :D

We look a little wind-blown here, but we look happy! I just love spending time with Carrie and Laura!! :D
See the Kirk Douglas Theatre behind us? :)

Linda took this photo and it was a mistake... if I left it uncropped, you'd see someone had walked into the frame.
But I liked the candid expressions on our faces and think it's one of the better photos we've taken. :)

Remember that fan girly photo I told you I took with Russell? Here it is...
I ABSOLUTELY HATE the way I look in it, but oh.my.gosh. Russell looks adorable here. :)
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Sheri: Sleeping Beauty Wakesshutterbug93 on April 30th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
Thanks for your comment, Angela! I'm really sad to be leaving this time -- Sleeping Beauty Wakes was such an amazing show - just so beautiful - visually. If I could only see it one more time! :(
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Sheri: Sydney *SIGH*shutterbug93 on May 3rd, 2007 06:30 am (UTC)
Ah! We were JUST in Fresno in January (we went to a friend's wedding up there) Sorry we couldn't met up! :(
karmastyxkarmastyx on April 30th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
You know that moat scene was my favorite too. You could just feel the excitement and love. :)

I love the picture of the three of us girls. :) I also like the picture of the four of us.

It was so nice seeing you, but I too was sad to see you go. HUGS! See you in July!
Sheri: Sleeping Beauty Wakesshutterbug93 on May 3rd, 2007 06:32 am (UTC)
The scene was just SOOOO beautiful!!! It's really my favorite part of the show - that and when Rose asks the orderly for a kiss and he protests, but then finally drops to his knees and says, "Okay!" :)

I like all the pictures! It was so nice seeing you!! July seems a bit far away! :( HUGS!
Sabine: Micki's placesabine10 on April 30th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing this all with us, Sheri! I really always like to read about your theater trips and I'm happy that you had a wonderful time! And yes, you are right - you three look happy and great, too. :) Have a safe trip back home! Big *hugs* to you, Sheri!
Sheri: Sleeping Beauty Wakesshutterbug93 on May 3rd, 2007 06:34 am (UTC)
Thanks so much, Sabine!! It was a wonderful theatre trip, made even more special by seeing wonderful friends! :D I'm back home now and back to the daily grind... :P How I miss LA already! :( Big HUGS to you!!
waytoocoolrevwaytoocoolrev on April 30th, 2007 10:30 pm (UTC)
All the pictures are great and he really is adorable - but you look cute and happy in the picture too! Okay, maybe a little TOO happy, but still!

"things between us will not have changed... I've missed knowing that."
I understand your feeling about Kevin; I have a similar feeling with a musician friend.

Hope you get home when you should!
Sheri: Sleeping Beauty Wakesshutterbug93 on May 3rd, 2007 06:38 am (UTC)
Thanks so much for your comment! As adorable as he looks in the photo, I have to say that pictures don't do the man justice. You'd have to see him in person to fully appreciate his charm. :)

And I'm finally home and back in my everyday life... Which I love and I've missed... but thankfully I do have another theatre trip to look forward to within the next couple of weeks. :)

Thanks again for your comment!!

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Sheri: Sheri - yahoo iconshutterbug93 on May 5th, 2007 07:14 am (UTC)
Awwww! That's so sweet of you to say, Angela! I like this better than the highlights too - since it takes less work to maintain - and I hate going to the hairdresser! ;P HUGS!