Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Just returned from a trip where we went to a wonderful show at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. The Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber was exceptional. Thomas Schumacher gave a wonderful performance as the Phantom of the Opera. I loved Tonna Millers performance as Carlotta Giudicelli. The entire cast were remarkable and the costumes were very elaborate. Kudos to the set designer Paul Weimer and the pyro technician, Kevin Ankele. At one point, we could actually feel the heat from the special effects on our faces. The set designs were amazing. I would definitely suggest seeing the show.
At the Mint Museum of Art we were blown away that the pieces actually dated as far back as they did. We liked the variety of pieces included in the exhibits and the fact that they were so encompassing. The exhibit by Bob Trotman, Business as Usual, was very depressing and sad. It guided your thoughts toward the lives of corporate America and the quagmire they can find themselves caught in. Depressing in the fact that a person can find that this is all their lives mean. "strangers to their own lives, separate by their projections of power, privilege and prosperity which they substitute for real joy of living". It would be terrible to reach a ripe age of seventy and find that this is all you life meant. I liked the fact that he used family and friends as his models. An amazing exhibition.
We were sorry to miss the Mint Museum of craft and design but plan to return soon to complete our experience with the Mint. We also look forward to the new museums completion. We look forward to our next visit to Charlotte.