When Amy was about 12, we had the opportunity to see Beauty and the Beast (the stage show) at the Music Center in Los Angeles. (At that time, Lucy was only 2, but that's not important right now.)
I remember the show being so breathtakingly beautiful. And I remember my surprise that the Disney animated film could translate so perfectly to the stage.
As the years passed, it turns out that My Lucy loved Beauty and the Beast. She could always relate more to Belle, the plucky, well-read heroine than to any of the other save-me-from-my-sad-life-and-take-me-to-your-castle Disney princesses.
It was around Lucy's adolescence that Disney locked Beauty away in The Vault. And it was only this year that the dvd and the stage show were resurrected.
At Christmastime, it's become our tradition to do a Girls At The Theater Night. Read about that here and here. Beauty and the Beast came to our local venue, The Orange County Performing Arts Center in November.
But we were crazy-busy in November.
Amy Kikita: "Mom, we have to take Lucy to Beauty and the Beast. Make it happen."
Me: "Aaah! We're going on a cruise, it's Thanksgiving, she's leaving for a week, she has school until really late, umm...Excuse #263.... FINE."
Here we are at the Center with the stage (see the Rose?) behind us.
Obviously we pulled it off, but it was November. And it seemed anti-climactic to have already been to the theater so far before Christmas. (I'm one of those people who waits to decorate my home for Christmas until about mid-December, that explanation can be found here.)
Lucy was beyond satisfied and deliriously happy that we finally saw the stage production of Beauty and the Beast. The show was just as wonderful as I remembered. (Win!)
My first thought was that for sure the boys would love it....but I didn't count on Lucy to be as excited to see it as well.
But, I was very mistaken.
First, it was already appealing because it involved a Road Trip to Hollywood.
Always fun, but much more so during the holidays with all the glitzy, you're-on-Hollywood-Blvd.-star decorations.
And of course, you never know who or what you will encounter on the Walk of Fame.
Jon and his new friend, Marilyn. ;-)
"The Duck has a star. Who knew?"
And so it was that we (Eric, Lucy and Jonathan and I) got to experience the Uber-Geeky Awesomeness that is Tron:Legacy in 3D.
It was so much fun because:
- Eric and I were both already old-school-1982-Tron fans, so it's always cool to get to share that sort of thing with the kids.
- Jeff Bridges. (Hello...?)
- We happen to enjoy the show Chuck, in which uber-nerd main character Chuck has a classic Tron poster on his wall. They were finally able to relate to it. =D
Lucy and Jon prepare to Enter The Grid of Awesomeness.
It makes me happy to know that my very feminine Girly-girl can also hold her own with the Uber-Geeks.
(The apple does not fall far....)
The movie, by the way, was phenomenal in every way. The modern story stands alone while providing just enough nostalgia to keep us old-timers satisfied. And did I mention Jeff Bridges? (Hello...?)