Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Cats: Who Needs 'Em?

Odd, I know, but I'm THRILLED because I scored four tickets to the Moscow Cats Theatre.

I'm told the theater is small and there are no bad seats, but if you go here, you can see my seats: Row 1, Seats 15-18.


Getting the tickets was a feat in itself. The theater is on the other side of town. I finally dragged my sorry behind out there today, in the rain. Because otherwise it just was never going to happen.

The closest Metro is not that close to me or to the theater. And the final bit o' fun was that the theater was receiving a delivery (cat litter, perhaps? I hear they all live upstairs. . .) so the front door was open to the street making it very noisy and difficult to talk.

The street is Kukuzovskiy Prospekt which is wider and noisier than the Garden Ring, if that's possible. Kasse Lady didn't speak any English. My Russian sucks.

Baboo to the rescue.

Really. She was a great help with words like "best seats" and "weekend." Hurray for Baboo.

The performance is November 7, so I'll report back then.

In Skittles News, Skittles is spending this week at Sports Camp. Yesterday she had a moment of severe homesickness, but she rallied and seems to be having fun again.

In Theater News, I went to my first real rehearsal last night for the short play we are performing on Sunday. Acting is hard work! Not only do they expect you to memorize your lines, but then you have to say them while doing stuff you would normally do while you are talking, but it's really hard to remember your lines while you are trying to do stuff. I find it like trying to pat my head while rubbing my belly. I have great respect for actors who make it look easy. Because it isn't. At least not for me.

Thankfully, we have many more rehearsals this week, so I have many more chances to try to get this stuff down.

As one of my new friends in this process remarked today, it was only a matter of time before I was pretending to be a brothel keeper in a deserted karaoke room.

That pretty much sums up my Moscow experiences to date.


hka said...

hey, you scored better tickets than us, we only have third row. I have decided to return the extras and they are actually giving the money back!

Tina in CT said...

We went there when I visited 5 years ago. It is definitely a tiny theater and the seats were benches. There were tons of kids there. It is amazing what the cats do in the performance. My daughter and I and the girls really loved it. Seeing the cats perform all the tricks was awesome. Normally a cat would freak just seeing all the people and hearing the noise and bolt. Be prepared to laugh and be totally amazed.

Glad you were able to get tickets.

Tina in CT said...

Down from the cat theater (I think it was there and not near the puppet theater) is a fabulous European bakery/tea room. Plan on going after the show.

I also recommend taking the girls to the puppet theater. We went there to see them do The Nutcraker. Also very, very good.

valentina said...

Oh how I wish I could go with you! It will be sooooo fabulous!

And isn't it great that Baboo's Russian is so advanced?!

And that Skittles rallied. Hooray for her.

OTOH I enjoyed our conversation last night. I miss you immensely and it helps to be able to communicate that way. We are so tolerant of each other's self absorption!

So think of me when you see that cats and know that I am there with you all in spirit! xov aka AV

Tater Tot Mom said...

It's been ages since I've acted in anything but I completely know what you are talking about. It's so hard to remember lines and then to act naturally at the same time! I'm sure you'll do great!

The cat theater sounds like fun!

I Wonder Wye said...

So jealous, always wanted to see this...