7 hours ago
Saturday, 5 July 2008
Ruby and me went to see 'High School Musical' in London Hammersmith Apollo on Thursday. I had booked the tickets a long time ago, and Ruby had been counting the weeks, days etc. Now the day was finally here.
I took Thursday and Friday off from work - ghosh, it felt so nice and I realised I hadn't had a day off during the week since April. I picked Ruby up early from school and she changed into her 'HSM outfit'. That was a dead giveaway of course, and when we bought our underground tickets at Embankment station and I told the ticket guy we have to go to Hammersmith, he said straight away 'You are off to see High School Musical? Nice guess. Coming out of Hammersmith Underground station, you arrive in a shopping centre, and the first thing you almost fall into is a big Disney store.... packed full with HSM stuff... Ruby sometimes doesn't know her limits, so I told her she can have ONE thing - and she chose a school bag (which at least is going to be useful!). Then we had some time to spare, and we walked down the roads of Hammersmith when this huge thunderstorm started. We sheltered as much as we could in shop doorways, and sprinted across the street to find a Chinese Buffett Restaurant. The food was not exactly high cuisine, but hey, it filled our tummies. In the subway going to the theatre, illegal sellers were offering memorbilia etc, pompoms for £5 - no thank you.
Once inside, we walked around a bit, it is actually not that big place. Our seats were in the stalls, right at the left end (seats 1 + 2). The place filled quickly, though it was not fully booked, I'd say probably 80%. And then it was off to enjoy the show! The mostly very young actors were brilliant, and the choreography spot on (lots of dancing!). I was pleaseantly surprised that quite a few of the actors/dancers were not exacly super-slim - nobody can tell me that a big girl can't be as fit and dance and move as good as ultra-slim versions! The only 'famous' name in it was Letitian Dean (x-Eastender's actress), however, she did not had a lead role, and I think I wouldn't even have recognised her. My favorite part was the young guy who acted as a worm (crawling on the stage). I won't tell you how much I spend on 1 plastic cup of Coke which Ruby urgently needed (!!) during the intervall...There was lots of singing and dancing in the aisles at the end, and Ruby and me also got up and danced in the aisle(me) and on the seat! (Ruby)
We'll certainly remember this day for a long time!