I don’t see as many movies as I used to.
There are too many things occupying my day for me to set aside the two-hour chunk of time necessary to park my butt in a theatre... and despite my burgeoning Netflix queue and extensive collection of DVD’s and Blu-Ray discs, I never seem to watch movies at home either.
And yet there are plenty of movies out there to see. I manage to cross one off my list once in a while; perhaps when the Missus and I are on vacation we’ll be able to knock off a few more. There’s something about being away from home that enriches the most quotidian experiences, anyway.
That being said, one of Elder Daughter’s old high school friends just had a movie-going experience that I wouldn’t mind having.
This friend - I’ll call her “Erica” - has been a talented singer and dancer for as long as we’ve known her. She and Elder Daughter used to do various Performing Arts stuff together, including attending summer sessions of the prestigious Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa. But unlike Elder Daughter, who opted for a more traditional university career after high school, “Erica” followed her Broadway dream, moving directly to New York to become a stage actress.
There’s a broken heart for every light on Broadway, they say... but hers is not among them. She made it, appearing in various shows both on the Great White Way and on tour. We saw her when Mamma Mia played here in Atlanta a few years ago, and even got a personal backstage tour of the Fox before the show.
Now “Erica” is back on Broadway, appearing in a Tony award-winning musical. But even the busiest stage actors deserve a little leisure time, so yesterday evening she went to a movie with one of her fellow cast members.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 is not due out until July 15. But that’s the movie they wanted to see. As it happens, “Erica’s” castmate had a little bit of pull, so, presto: Preview!
That movie is also on our Short List of fillums to see, although we probably ought to see Part 1 first. But I doubt our movie-going experience will be the same as the one “Erica” had, watching the final Harry Potter movie with Harry himself. Yes, indeedy - the fellow cast member she went with was Daniel Radcliffe!
(Hope he didn’t give away the ending.)