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We’re Gonna Have A Cat (Café) Party

Maybe I knew Melbourne had a Cat Café.
Maybe I didn’t.
Anyway, daughter and I are visiting tomorrow.
Apparently someone will have trouble sleeping tonight.
(And it won’t be me.)


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Year 6 Musical 2019

Having watched three of my children in the year 6 musical that St Martin’s puts on each year I now get to go watch it because my daughter teaches year 6.

This year’s production is called Rock Bottom. I think there’s something of a Flintstone’s meets a rambling search for something irrelevant with skit-like episodes and puerile jokes (think Monty Python and the Holy Grail) meets She or Dorian Gray (of all things). With ensemble songs and dancing.

There are three performances and this is the last.

They did very, very well.


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Early Father’s Day In A Snap

It was inevitable that my kids would figure out a wonderful early Father’s Day present.


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Elsa Cake

Auntie Rachel’s birthday cake for Felicity improves on Disney’s design with the addition of a specially requested unicorn.


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Aladdin 2019

So, I accompanied my three daughters who put their childhoods in Disney’s hands today as we saw the live action adaption of the animated Aladdin.
The verdict was positive.
Merging the existing storyline with some modern cultural sensitivity and some bollywood stylisation enabled the whole thing to appear more worthy without taking itself far too seriously.
The absence of Robin Williams was always going to be the greatest challenge; Williams was capable of subversion and pathos without alienating audiences or descending to sentimentalism. The movie’s solution is to allow Will Smith to play himself, a popularly likeable figure while also providing the character a story arc that effectively helps him bridge the emotional gap that Williams carried the first movie over.
The character development of Jasmine makes sense, with her song bringing the more recent power ballad style song (ie Let It Go) into the plot to stand alongside the more classic musical numbers. It also seems that the original probably lacked an ‘I Want’ song, so this provides that as well.
Some rebalancing of Jaffar and Iago meant Iago is more restrained and Jaffar is far more emotive, which makes some sense.
Anyway, not too bad.
We await The Lion King.