This weekend I treated Ethan to a belated birthday celebration featuring wall-to-wall theater and good old fashioned mother/son bonding time.  As luck would have it, his Godmother happened to be in town and we managed to squeeze in an impromptu Saturday morning breakfast date with her as well.

We started with Springdale High School’s performance of The Addams Family Musical starring our friend Amelia Catanzaro as Alice. The show was charming and the diversity of the cast made it especially enjoyable. The young man playing Uncle Fester nearly stole the show. He was a hoot!  Torrential rains made the drive home interesting, but we made it safely!

Saturday morning we picked up Joanna for breakfast at the Farmer’s Table. Ethan raved about the biscuits (with vegetarian gravy, of course!) and I could only manage to eat HALF of my two War Eagle Mill pancakes. Delish!

Saturday evening was the show we planned the whole weekend around. A touring production of Tony Award winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime was at the Walton Arts Center. Critics’ reviews were right on the money. “Eye-opening, life-affirming and unmissable,” and “One of the most fully immersive works to ever wallop Broadway.”

The use of lights, sounds, and choreography, combined with the minimalist props and sets created an experience that was mesmerizing. More importantly, the performance gives the average viewer an opportunity to imagine what it might be like to live with autism. In a word: PROFOUND.
Finally, on Sunday we took in the final performance of Assassin’s the Musical by the University of Arkansas Theater Department. This show was especially fun as several of the cast members are a part of The Crude Mechanicals, the Shakespeare Troupe that Ethan is a part of. We always enjoy the performances of these remarkable actors. And I found myself Googling and reading up on the various assassins (and would-be assassins) after the show.

All in all, I think Ethan would agree…. #Theaterpalooza2017 was a pretty great way to celebrate turning 19!

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