Category - Theater

Tips for Attending Ringling Bros. Circus

My family and I were given the opportunity to attend the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus in Charlotte again this year. Last year I took Miss A and a friend and her mom joined us. Check out that post here: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Experience.

This year’s performance definitely followed suit. I love that they change the themes as they travel and that while we knew we could expect to see amazing performances, incredible animals, and lots of laughter and smiles, we were still in awe of the show.

When I asked my family what their favorite parts of the show were they listed off some of my favorites too. Unicycling basketball players, boys versus girls, tigers and elephants, the cool Ringmaster (Johnathan Lee Iverson), the awesome acrobatics, {especially the spinning wheels in the second half of the show}, and hilarious clowns. So pretty much the entire show was a hit between the four of us.

Here are some photos from our Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey experience last night:

 Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Built to Amaze Collage MommyB

Since we’ve been to a couple of different shows at Time Warner Cable Arena and a couple of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performances I wanted to offer a few tips for those of you attending whether it’s your first time or not.

1. Ask TWC Arena employees. 

Often times going to an event at TWC Arena can be confusing, whether you’ve been to a show before or not. Depending on how organized the event is you may have one or several questions. Whether you’re wondering what line you need to be in, where the Will Call line actually starts, where the restroom is, how long the show is or whatever it may be. TWC Arena employees are always friendly and helpful and more than willing to answer questions for event attendees.

2. Prepare for possible seating issues.

If you’re not one of the many people who arrive at the event an hour or so earlier to wait in line (a good idea, unless you have small children or there is extreme weather {like last night}), prepare yourself for possible seating issues. We tend to arrive early and have no trouble finding our seats and settling in, however last night we not only had issues with people being in our ticket seats, but two other families in our area had the same problem with their seats as well {and they were not the same seat offenders}. Unfortunately if you’re not there when the show starts I assume people think the seats are open rather than staying in their own seats. It is not only stressful for the attendee from TWC but for everyone around. If you do not run early for the event prepare for patience {just in case}.

3. Remember your ticket.

As a policy, TWC Arena asks that you keep your seat ticket on person as you leave your seats for restroom, restaurant, souvenir breaks etc. As a general rule of thumb bring your purse with the tickets with you or put your ticket in your back pocket, especially if your seat isn’t close to an exit. This will save you time and undue stress especially if you have a little one who needs to use the “potty”.

4. Buy the good seats.

I don’t get a commission from any ticket sales and it benefits me in NO way for you to get upgraded tickets, however I have had opportunities to sit in many areas of the arena and for Ringling Bros. my experiences, noticed that my seating placement definitely made a difference. When I sat closer to the “action” I felt more engaged in the show. If you are going to fully enjoy the show, and can afford it, I would highly recommend to improve your experience by buying the best possible seats.

5. Eat before and after you go.

Unless you’re planning to splurge {which I say is great every once and a while}, plan on eating a meal before you head to the performance. We also keep snacks and drinks in the car for after the performance (depending on what time you go). For this event cotton candy was $12+ and lemonade $10 just to give you an idea of what prices look like, and those are just snacks!

Do you have any other tips for attending a TWC Arena event or Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey show?

Do you have any questions about the events? 

Don’t forget to head to Ringling Bros. & Barnum & Bailey website to check out tour dates in Charlotte and other areas and purchase tickets.

 

 

I received complimentary show tickets. My family and I personally like the show and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, we understand that your opinions on the circus may vary. 

#Vlogmom: MommyBKnowsBest on Broadway Musicals

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#vlogmom Hooray, I’m back to vlogging!!! While I’ll admit it’s a rough reentry, I tried to have fun with this week’s #vlogmom prompt. I hope you enjoy it, and leave your responses in the comments so I can hear what you have to say about Broadway Musicals.

Thanks again Erin from AParentingProduction.com for the prompt!!

Also check out these amazing vlogmoms videos responding to this week’s prompt and check us out at Vlogmom.com

Oz the Great and Powerful – Movie Review #disneyoz

As I watched Oz the Great and Powerful in 3D, I tried to think of one line that would sum up the entire movie. Here’s what I came up with:

“A fantastic dream that continues the legacy of the classic.”

My oh-so-loving husband was quick to point out the fact that this movie was a prequel to the original, however I said continues because in the timeline of the real world it precedes the original. At least that was my thinking. Regardless, when I really think about it, there isn’t one line that could sum up the entire movie, there really aren’t a few sentences either, but I’ll try to keep my review concise enough for you to {hopefully} not be bored.

Oz the Great and Powerful

First off, when I hear 3D I have a stigma only because I’ve heard so many films using 3D unnecessarily or just not doing a good job of it. Let me tell you, loud and clear, I would not want to watch Oz the Great and Powerful in anything other than 3D in the movie theater. This effect enhanced what would have been a spectacular movie and brought it to the “incredible” level.

With the addition of 3D I felt like I was transported inside the movie, which in turn made the emotions I was feeling as the plot was laid out even more intense. During Oz the Great and Powerful, my emotions from sad to happy and everything in between were touched on.

It’s hard for me to pinpoint a part of this movie that was my favorite because I really enjoyed the movie in it’s entirety,  but if I had to choose I would say at the end, when Oz and his “army” have their confrontation, {can you sense that I’m trying to help you picture it without giving too much away???!?} almost everything about that scene grabbed my attention. Sort of vague I know, but hopefully that makes you want to watch it for yourself.

China Girl Oz the Great and Powerful

For me, I enjoyed most of the actors, and normally love Mila Kunis in the movies she is featured, but this time it just didn’t work for me. I couldn’t get past her accent and really felt like she was acting, and I don’t feel that way while watching movies often. Maybe it’s just me. I really enjoyed all the other characters and think the casting director chose very wisely.

One cool casting fact:

“James Franco, who plays Oscar Diggs (aka Oz), had to learn magic tricks in order to accurately portray his small-time, circus magician character. He came to set two weeks early so he could work with Las Vegas magician Lance Burton. Working every day, Franco learned tricks involving doves and fire as well as how to pull objects out of hats and how to make things levitate.”

Congratulations to James Franco on receiving his Hollywood Walk of Fame star yesterday!!

James Franco Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

In my opinion I don’t think this movie is a family-friendly movie, especially if you have small children. There were a few “scary” parts in the movie including the witch’s minions who reminded me of huge, rabid gorillas, the witches themselves {excluding Glinda of course}, some scenes that involve people being hurt, and my children would have even been afraid of the tornado. We are very selective in what our 2 and 5 year old watch and they are also children who are sensitive to villains and “bad things” happening in movies.

I tried to think about what age range my girls would have to be for me to show them this movie, and I thought 10-12 years old, depending on their maturity would be the lowest age. In that same respect I checked one of my favorite family movie rating sites, Common Sense Media to see what their take on this movie was and they recommended age 10 as well. For their review click HERE.

Common Sense Media Oz the Great and Powerful Review

On the other hand, I think this is a great movie, especially for date nights, and mom’s nights out. To be honest, I’m not the type of person who normally sees a movie more than one time in the theater, however, this time, I enjoyed the movie so much that I can’t wait to see it again, it was just.that.good.

I didn’t realize that there were books based on The Wizard of Oz, however after seeing how the movie ended and knowing where the original picks up, I can definitely see a sequel or two following this amazing movie, and I welcome it, but again, not until I watch it a few more times, buy the DVD/Blu-Ray and watch it again.

Find out more about the movie by heading over to the official website: http://www.disney.com/thewizard

Are you going to see Oz the Great and Powerful?? Let me know what you think of it in the comments here! Tell me your favorite part, what age you would let your children see it at, or who your favorite character/actor is.

 

 

I received complimentary tickets in order to view this movie. This is an honest review of the movie and all thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own. Any quoted text is from the movie or press releases and were my choice to add to this post.

Disney On Ice Charlotte – My Experience Opening Night

Last night, my family and I had a night to remember when we attended Disney On Ice Presents: Worlds of Fantasy. Glitter, fire {the good kind}, music, lights, bubbles, ice, and awesome Disney characters filled two-hours worth of amazing entertainment.

Disney On Ice Collage

I kept peeking over at my girls who were enthralled at the show, so much so that neither one of them moved an inch nor wanted to eat any of the yummy Time Warner Cable Arena snacks we purchased, and for my girls, that says a lot. Truth be told, I was pretty enamored too.

I wanted you to see and hear my completely honest thoughts so I made a quick video, enjoy!!

Yes I know I’m a little wacky, especially when it comes to parenting, I want my girls to have long-lasting memories of the time we were able to spend together and I know that this night will be one of them for sure. They talked about the best parts of the show, and who was their favorite character on the car ride home till they both fell asleep.

What’s one family event memory you know your kids will remember or one that you remember as a child??

I received complimentary tickets for my family to attend this event. That being said all the wacky, fun things I said are all my own personal thoughts {if you can’t tell already}. We’re all different though so you may disagree…{but I highly doubt it.}

5 Things I Learned About Opera – My First Experience

 

Opera GlassesSaturday night my Facebook status read something like: “Heading to the Opera” I think I may have confused some people. While I am a work-at-home mom I have a few occasions when I get out of the house at night, typically it’s for a Mom’s Night Out or Night In, but sometimes I go to the movies, or even…the opera.

I was invited by Opera Carolina to attend their performance of Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. This was my first experience with opera and I learned a lot from going. I think it’s definitely something worth experiencing at least once in your life.

1. Opera Carolina provides Subtitles for their performances. My guest/friend, photographer Jamie, and I weren’t sure how much of the show we’d be able to understand from watching the actions and movements of the cast, but were delightfully surprised to see a discrete sign above the stage with subtitles in English.

2. Tickets are affordable. When I think of the opera typically I think of high-class and high prices, this is not the case. Tickets at Opera Carolina range from $15 to $135 depending on where you are sitting and when you attend. The lower pricing is great for those of you who want to “check out” the opera without spending too much.

3. Leave your tuxedos and gowns at home. Again, another misconception I had of the opera, {that was a reason I hesitated to attend} was that I had to be in a ball gown, dripping with diamonds, and looking flawless. While I did look flawless I wore black dress pants and a cute blue top and did not feel out of place, now I didn’t see anyone in cutoffs so let’s not get carried away, but don’t worry about dying your wedding dress and wearing it just to fit in.

4. They have concessions. Just like any other show they offer concessions, drinks, and snacks are available for purchase. One of my friends, frequent opera-goer Lisa Frame always gets peanut M&Ms. Unfortunately for Jamie and I, being dinner skippers would have loved a three-course meal, but love that they offer a variety since I wasn’t even aware that would be an option.

5. It can be exciting and fun. Aside from getting ready and attending the opera in itself, there were some cool moments in Eugene Onegin. The story was based on love that was raw, twisted and even led to death. Not all the moments in this opera were a little slower especially after being up at 2:00 in the morning with Baby C.

Overall, I’m really glad that I decided to overcome my objections of what I “thought” the opera would be like. I enjoyed getting ready for the show, having fun with a hilarious friend, getting out of the house, and enjoying some culture. The cast and crew of Eugene Onegin is incredibly talented and I loved the music and even a few silly parts that were highlighted.

If you want to check out Opera Carolina and see Eugene Onegin on March 22nd or March 25th, or just check out what the opera is all about head over to their website here: http://www.operacarolina.org/operas/

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Thank you to Opera Carolina and Opera Social Bytes for having me and my guest and for the complimentary items. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review and was not obligated to write this review specifically. All of the thoughts expressed above are my own honest opinions, yours may vary.

Runway for the Ballet Giveaway {CLOSED}

Runway for the BalletOh how I miss ballet, yes I’ve only seen a “real” ballet once in France when I was in college, but every Monday at 1:15 I get to see Miss A do some plies and grand jetes, that counts right??? Oh, it doesn’t?? Well if you’re into ballet and fashion, you can dream of seeing the two together, or you can attend the 4th Annual Runway for the Ballet this Saturday, February 5th.

The show has a  “Mid-Winter Night’s Dream” theme and showcases spring fashions from sponsor Neiman Marcus. Dancers from Dance Theatre will be performing double duty as they dance but also serve as the models for the fashion show. Read More