Thursday, January 21, 2010

Fox Performing Arts Center

This last weekend marked the Grand Opening one of the most revered landmarks in our city, The Fox Performing Arts Center. After a 32 million dollar renovation, the theater that hosted a preview of "Gone With the Wind" in 1939, is now open for business!

Friday night was the grand gala at $150 a ticket. Needless to say we didn't go. LOL. But I did drive through the city looking at the big white tents and all the hoopla going on.

What we did do, was take the free tours that were being offered on Saturday and Sunday. It was absolutely beautiful inside. The woodwork on the stairwell banisters, the beautiful ceilings, the new seats (with lots of leg room and room to move, I might add) was beautifully done.The Fox Performing Arts center has a five year lease with Nederlander Productions, the same company responsible for bringing a lot of theatrical productions to such places at The Pantages in Los Angeles. The company promises to bring three to five theatrical productions to the theater every year. The first one in the line up is Annie!We'd heard the news late last Fall that Annie was coming and we even researched tickets, but at the time, they were only offering package deals for all three of the upcoming broadway productions (Annie, Hairspray, and Jesus Christ Superstar!), so we decided against purchasing tickets. But on Saturday, after our tour and actually seeing that there really aren't going to be any bad seats in the house, plus the fact you can now purchase tickets for the individual shows, we bought tickets to see Annie!!!
Rachel's expression on her face demonstrates her 'Hard Knock Life" of having to wait around for Mom and Dad to buy tickets"

I'm so excited, this will be the first real theatrical production for the girls. I hope it'll be the first of many more family productions to come to the theater, and the first of many for our family to go and see. It's just over two weeks until we go, so it gives us plenty of time to watch the movie a hundred times and practice our songs!

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