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Legally Blonde – So Amazing It Might Be Illegal!

12 May

Recently we had the pleasure of going to see Legally Blonde The Musical playing at Neptune Theatre.

We love going to Neptune Theatre and after the stellar season they’ve had, I had high hopes for the musical adaptation of one of my favourite movies.

Neptune Theatre did Elf some serious justice, but I was still a bit nervous given my love for Legally Blonde the movie, and the fact that it wasn’t a musical. WELL. I’ve learned again to never doubt Neptune Theatre. Within seconds I was thrown into a place of extreme delight. Seriously. I was like a kid at Christmas hanging onto every last note. I smiled and laughed so much I’m pretty sure my face still hurts.

Lindsey Frazier starred as Elle Woods and was so full of spunk and life it was ridiculous. She was over the top in the best possible way and should Reese Witherspoon not be busy arguing with Atlanta Police and had the delight of seeing this play, I think she would agree that Lindsey was Elle Woods to a tee.

The Greek Chorus – which was essentially the imaginary travel version of Delta Nu, was nothing short of hysterical. The girls who made up the Greek Chorus had fantastic songs, hilarious lines and great comedic timing.

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And for the songs. Well, they were nothing short of amazing…and awfully memorable to the point that I can’t stop singing them….

Oh my god, oh my god you guys*, did I mention there were dogs in the play? Real life dogs? In outfits?

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Overall the audience seemed to have a total blast and even in moments that were so insanely ridiculous, people were lapping it up. A lady next to me who I learned at intermission had never even seen the movie was losing her mind laughing with her daughters. Even The Husband was laughing up a storm.

So once again – another amazing production at Neptune Theatre. You just can’t miss this one. Legally Blonde The Musical will be playing at Neptune Theatre until May 26th!

* Oh my god, oh my god you guys. This song is fabulous. Now this isn’t from Neptune Theatre but it is way too fun not to share.

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Elf – The Musical

28 Nov

For whatever reason Holiday cheer came early to me this year. I felt compelled to get our Christmas tree before Dec. 1st, have some rum and eggnog, pop Glee Christmas into the car cd player and sing at the top of my lungs.

Naturally a visit to Neptune Theatre over the holidays was high on the priority list to keep my cheer up. For as long as I can remember, anytime that I’ve been in Nova Scotia for Christmas I’ve made it to Neptune Theatres holiday production. Beauty & The Beast remained high on my list of favourite holiday productions, but I had concerns about Elf. How were they going to take such a hilarious Christmas movie and do it any justice on the stage? I shouldn’t have doubted the amazing cast and crew at Neptune, but can you blame me for being concerned? Will Ferrell was Buddy the Elf in the movie. His humour knows no boundaries and Buddy was such a perfect role for him.

Regardless of my minor worries, we arrived at Neptune and I brought my Christmas cheer along with me. From THE MOMENT, and I really do mean the moment the play started I was in love.

The adaptation from the movie to a live musical production was seamless. Everything you loved from the movie made it into the play and it was wrapped around a catchy little song that you almost didn’t realize wasn’t in the movie. There were sets for everything imaginable and they were adorable and hilarious.

Don’t get me wrong. The entire cast of Elf – The Musical was amazing. They had great voices and were completely charming but Mark Uhre was not only the lead role in Elf, but he was truly the star. He was able to take the role of Buddy The Elf and keep it crazy and over the top without it ever feeling forced. Mark Uhre never made me feel like he was trying to be Will Ferrel, he was just being Buddy The Elf and it was perfection.

There is one scene where he plays the bells and I swear I almost fell apart with laughter.

After the play ended I was chatting with a lady who sat behind me who thought the play was amazing, and I asked if she’d ever seen the movie. She hadn’t, which solidified to me that Neptune Theatre’s Elf is really just for those of us with some Holiday Cheer that we want to sing loudly for all to hear.

Elf – The Musical is easily the best thing I’ve seen at Neptune Theatre in recent memory. Take your boyfriend, or girlfriend, husband or wife, borrow a kid, but seriously just get your butt to see Elf. If you don’t you will become a cotton headed ninny muggins. That’s just science.

Big Day Downtown!

21 Oct

We were lucky enough to be asked by the Downtown Halifax Business Commission to participate in Big Day Downtown again this year. After a lovely launch party at Morris East, we were told that the twist this year would be that we would be partnered with another blogger!

Iain from @boostventilator was paired up with us! After tossing some ideas around we finally decided that this year we’d like to do something for the kids. The Holidays will soon be upon us and there are so many kids that go without, so we thought we’d try our hand at finding them some awesome gifts from some awesome downtown stores!

Luckily, Iain has a daughter of his own, so she tagged along to vet our purchases. Yes, shopping for toys with a kid is SUPER fun.

We started off at Carbonstok where we were delighted to find a ton of cool toys, a lot of which were made in Lunenburg!

We were all fascinated by “Queen Beatrix” who was a bouncy, suction cup toy!

Our other Carbonstok purchase was this sweet race car made from recycled saw dust!

We then wandered down to The Discovery Centre to see what we could get our hands on! As expected the Discovery Centre is packed full of awesome, educational toys. We found some awesome toys that we enjoyed as kids like a “Grow Your Own Seahorse” kit! We also found some cool books, Lego, Dinosaur dig kits and a whole lot more! A lot of the Discovery Centre Dinosaur toys were 50% off so we got great bang for our buck there.

Luckily, our $200 was not done there, so we finished up at Des Serres where we got an awesome easel / chalkboard and a bedazzle your own headband kit! Our goal was to get toys that didn’t require batteries, or other supplies so that they could be enjoyed for a long time to come!

We were able to get TONS of stuff with our $200 and on November 17th we are going to donate all of our toys to the Empire Theatres Toy Drive! A big thank you to Rowan for her help, and to Downtown Halifax Business Commission for including This Needs to Stop & @boostventilator in Big Day Downtown 2012!

Neptune Theatres Sweeney Todd

17 Sep

Until Wednesday, my knowledge of Sweeney Todd was limited to the movie “Jersey Girl” where Ben Affleck’s daughter plays Sweeney Todd in a school play, and that hilarious opening scene in “The Office” where Andy comes in singing the theme song, with the cast of the play from Scranton.

So obviously I knew nothing about Sweeney Todd, which is disgraceful considering I love the theatre, but alas it’s the truth. So I was thrilled to have the chance to see Sweeney Todd at Neptune Theatre last week.

I was hooked from the moment it started. The vocal talent was incredible – I kid you not, their singing instilled my fear of Sweeney from the get go.

Without giving too much away, Sweeney Todd is “The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” who kills many poor souls who visit his barber shop as he tries to seek revenge on the lawyer who raped his wife and forced his daughter to live with him – all while he was serving time in jail on false charges.

The story of Sweeney Todd is incredibly dark, yet the way it’s portrayed has you laughing all the way through. Mrs. Lovett, who becomes Sweeney’s partner in crime stole the show for me. She was the perfect balance of sweetness, optimism and naivety for Sweeney’s dark, disturbed nature.

To date, Neptune has never let me down with their sets. Sweeney Todd was no different. The dreary mood was set from the moment you walked in and you left thinking you just spent hours in 1846.

My favourite piece of the set was the barbers chair, so please do keep your eyes  on the victims who are thrown into the basement from Sweeney’s chair. I lost it every single time someone took the plunge. Like I mentioned, you laugh even at the darkest moments.

I absolutely loved Neptune Theatre’s production of Sweeney Todd. A must see this season!

Some Hockey Humour For The Kids

4 Sep

A source close to Jared Keeso claims he was a hockey lover long before he starred as Don Cherry in CBC’s Keep Your Head Up Kid, The Don Cherry Story.

If that source is wrong, this YouTube gem should confirm things. Jared has written and produced his first YouTube short “Three Flames Fans On: The Offseason”. So check it out, share it with your friends.

If I could make this YouTube into a Pop Up Video, I would point out the the dog in his logo “Play Fun Games” is Gus. If you don’t know Gus you’re missing out.

Celebrity Spotting – Honeymoon Edition

26 Jul

I was lucky enough to just wrap up the best month of my life hands down. Had friends visiting from near and far, got married and went on a kick ass honeymoon.

Our honeymoon destination was a bit untraditional but we like to shake things up so we went to California.

While we weren’t on a star-seeking adventure, California is just spewing famous people that we happened to come across. So I figured I would share some of those with you!

Our first stop was Catalina Island. Yes. Home of the CATALINA WINE MIXER. I’m fairly certain that Step Brothers was not actually filmed on Catalina Island but an episode of The Bachelor was so there’s that.

Catalina Island is UNREAL. Super small, incredibly gorgeous and super relaxing. The seafood is fresh and the California wine was delectable.

One night after an incredible dinner we headed to the local karaoke bar (as you do) and took in some of the wonderful talent Catalina has to offer… Ok there was only one talent and his name was Troy. And he sang EVERY SONG. Except for when two guys rapped Candy Shop. You get the picture.

Anyway as we sit there I turn around to see a guy who looked famous but he also looked like every other surfer dude in California so I didn’t say anything. Next thing you know Troy is singing a Foo Fighters song and The Husband realizes it was Taylor Hawkins, former Alanis Morrisette drummer and current Foo Fighters rock star.

This is as close to Kurt Cobain as The Husband is ever getting so this was a big thing. The next morning bright and early we spot Taylor shirts off getting his day started off right. As The Husband was being respectful of Taylor’s family vacay he chose to shoot creepy paparazzo pics of his back instead….

We made our way back to the mainland where Whitney Port was having a sample sale. I scored the jackpot in the husband department because the second we plugged the GPS into our rental we were off to the Fashion District of LA. I did not expect Whitney Port to be there but sure enough there she was.

Scrap everything you think about ditzy reality stars  when it comes to her because Whitney Port is getting it done. Her office is huge and beautiful, she’s got quite a handful of employees and a crap load of gorgeous clothes. She was chatting with girls shopping and both of her sisters were working with her and she was anything but caught up in the fact that she also moonlights as a TV personality and seriously concerned about the well being of her business. I was incredibly impressed.

So now I’m only 2 degrees of separation from Lauren Conrad and 1 from Whitney Port. Sweeet.

We skipped down to San Diego and stumbled upon Comic-Con. Stumbled being a term I use loosely as it’s hard not to notice flocks of people dressed as Storm Troopers. Anywhoo we cruised around to find that the Vampire Diaries Panel had just wrapped and tons of teeny boppers were loosing their beans over the cast coming out.

Nina Dobrev gave the fans no love, but Ian Somerhalder was all about them. He took pics and when he got on the bus smooched the window and hammed it up. Kudos to him. I get that in public doing your thing you don’t want to be bugged, but Nina wouldn’t BE on TV if it weren’t for these kids ( Especially one Tara Wilcox) loving her. Give the kids a smile Nina!

Anyway check out The Husbands pics. He was pretty tickled that he was tall enough to get to take them.

Anyone remember How to Make it in America? We’ve got Lake Bell her hugging it out with the fans.

And lasty Emmy Rosum. I always think she’s Anne Hathaway…but alas.

While dining in San Diego we also saw David Hasselhoff but the camera was not ready. Sadly the Hoff is significantly skinnier in real life than one would expect. The age of the girl he was with however, was exactly what you’d expect.

The Husband and I next took in Disneyland. Would you get at that Winnie The Pooh trying to be all coy? That willy nilly silly old bear never got close enough for a hug. Oh bother.

The fun continued with a trip to The Price is Right. We couldn’t bring our camera’s in but we were seated in the front row and Drew Carey did not disappoint. He looks better than he ever has and he is a comedic genius. We didn’t get to “Come On Down” but we did get this sweet pic. Don’t mind the quality folks.

So that wraps up Celebrity-Spotting Honeymoon edition!

Sylvia and Jordan’s big day

6 Jul

We have documented a number of milestone moments over the past few years. We have had birthdays, engagements, new jobs and the birth of the best baby I know. Tomorrow will mark another of these with Sylvia’s wedding. We couldn’t be more excited to get dressed in our finest and celebrate this very special occasion but first we want to send Sylvia off in true This Needs to Stop fashion – with a list.

As Sylvia and Jordan get ready to enter into the wonderful world of newlyweds we wanted to offer some words of wisdom – and since Amy is the only one of us that is married, we felt it was only right that she provide you with some tips

1. Do go to bed angry. Whoever came up with the advice about not going to bed angry is a fool. I do my best sleeping when I’m embroiled in a festering rage. When you decide not to go to bed angry, you end up “talking” about your “feelings” and the next thing you know it’s 4:30 AM and you just found out WAY too much about your significant other’s preteen summer camp experiences and fear of seahorses. Then everyone’s tired and the cranky cycle continues. Go to bed pissed off, sleep on it and chances are you’ll wake up and A) not be able to remember why you were mad or B) realize the solution to your problem came to you in a dream.

2. Do not go on Oprah and jump on the furniture and profess your love for your husband or wife, no matter how great they are. It will not end well.

3. Do consume a lot of cupcakes on your wedding night. Like, four cupcakes (each) is a good amount. You don’t need to fit into a fancy suit or dress anymore. In fact, #3 should just be, “Do let yourself go”. Throw all but the most basic of personal hygiene to the wind.

4. Do have a response baked for the “So when are you having kids?” questions. Because you WILL be asked. Probably beginning during your wedding reception. Our answer was that Peter wasn’t allowed within 50 metres of any children but once his sentence was up we’d consider it.

5. Do create a joint Facebook account so you can keep tabs on each other’s online activity. Plus, when SylviaNJordan Beirnes comments on a post, nobody will actually know who’s leaving the comment and it doesn’t matter because YOU ARE NOW ONE! If you really want to have a solid relationship, do the same with your email address.

Congratulations to you both, we couldn’t be more excited for you. This world needs more love, love that is simple and lasting and this is exactly what you have. Wishing you a lifetime of happiness.

(Ps We are sorry in advance for crying at the wedding)