The Play’s The Thing; Getting Into The Spirit Of Things; Hang In There; All’s Well That Ends Well
After spending Tuesday night at Carolyn’s, we arrived in Stratford around noon. The natural beauty of this lovely little city was enhanced by warm and sunny weather. We had lunch at a great restaurant downtown, then went to the Festival Theatre to see the matinee of The Three Musketeers, a wonderfully entertaining production. Here we are at intermission, overlooking the gardens:
After the show, we checked in at our B&B, the Alban Abbey:
We headed back downtown ( a short walk), window shopped, then had dinner at the Boar’s Head Pub; great food and great atmosphere:
We walked over to the Avon Theatre to watch “Blithe Spirit”, a famous Noel Coward play about a man beset by the spirits of his two dead wives. The lead actor was wonderful, and it was a very funny and entertaining show. We walked back to the B&B, and since the temperature was still comfortable, we had a glass of wine on our balcony.
On Thursday, we had a lovely breakfast at the B&B, and met two very nice couples, one from Lindsay and one from Cannington, very near Lindsay; small world. Our host was very friendly, but a bit of a Chatty Kathy (think of Del Griffith in Trains, Planes and Automobiles). We headed downtown to do some shopping and have lunch, then headed for the Festival Theatre to see “Fiddler on the Roof”
The production itself was outstanding, with a very strong performance from the actor portraying Tevye. The show as made even more interesting during the first act when the actress playing Tevye’s dead grandmother was hoisted 20 feet above the stage, then left suspended when they had a technical glitch with trap door through which she was supposed to descend. It was handled very professionally and with its humorous moments; at one point, the actress said “Welcome to live theatre!”, then some wag in the audience called out to her “Hang in there!” The place erupted in laughter. It took about 15 minutes to fix the problem, then the show, as it must, went on.
We then attended part of a Q&A session in the lobby of the theatre with Sheldon Harnick, the lyricist for Fiddler, 89 and sharp as a tack.
He had some really interesting stories to tell about how he worked with Jerry Bock, who wrote the music, and how the concept for the show developed from the beginning. We then headed back to Newmarket to stay at Carolyn’s overnight. After watching “Bridesmaids” (a true guilty pleasure), some swam in the pool while others went to bed. Guess who did what.
We left Carolyn’s in late morning, and after a stop in Lindsay (and lunch at Harvey’s!), we arrived back at the cottage at around 2:00. All in all, a great little road trip.