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COTV Goes to the Theatah!

 Although the group was somewhat reduced in size due to last minute cancellations, five COTV couples headed to the Moonlight Amphitheater in lovely Vista for a Thursday evening of musical theater under the non-moonlit skies at the very nice venue. They offer two different kinds of seating: reserved which are in regular rows of seats, although much wider apart, due to the “lawn seating” in between the reserved rows where you can use their beach chairs and spread out your picnic foods and tables. 

Vance and Susan, Bob and Monica, Ray and Judy and Rob and Daryl, with the organizational skills and picnic know-how of Al and Vickie, set up their table (Vickie’s) and beach chairs on the lawn in front of our reserved seating rows and shared a picnic of Vickie’s cedar plank smoked salmon, along with two kinds of chicken, cheese bread , watermelon and Judy’s mini-lemon cupcakes for dessert. Beer and wine were for sale, but most of us just brought along something to wash down all the delicious food. After cleaning up our picnic detritus and putting things back in the cars, everyone found their seats for the 7:30pm start of the show.

While most of us have been to local stage productions and found them to be somewhat amateurish, the Moonlight Theater was a major positive surprise, with excellent staging, talented cast members and lots of great visual effects. Rob and Daryl had seen the film described below, but were unsure how it could be turned into a musical. They were very pleasantly surprised. 

Big Fish is a 2003 American fantasy drama film based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Daniel Wallace. The film was directed by Tim Burton and stars Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, and Marion Cotillard. Other roles are performed by Helena Bonham Carter, Matthew McGrory, and Danny DeVito among others. Finney plays Edward Bloom, a former traveling salesman from the Southern United States with a gift for storytelling, now confined to his deathbed. Bloom’s estranged son, a journalist played by Crudup, attempts to mend their relationship as his dying father relates tall tales of his eventful life as a young adult, played by Ewan McGregor.”

By the time the curtain finally came down, at least Judy and Daryl had a good sob or two. After the show, everyone headed to their cars for the drive home, saying that they would certainly consider a return visit. Next season, they are putting on Sister Act, Peter Pan, Titanic the Musical, and The Addams Family, so if one of those is your favorite, you now know where to go for a fun evening.