Favorite book: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (also a fantastic movie!)
Favorite muffin: vegan double chocolate chunk from the Body & Soul Bakeshop, here in New York City.
Favorite play (of all time): August: Osage County by Tracy Letts.
Favorite television show: How I Met Your Mother with Breaking Bad coming in a close second.
My name is Cheyanne, I am a recent college graduate with a degree in Psychology and I have been studying, performing and fan-girling over all things theatre since I was nine years old. I am currently twenty-two so... more than half of my life. I collect optical frames – I have a total of ten so far and it has become a slight obsession. That obsession mostly started when I discovered that it takes me a solid ten minutes to put one contact in each eye. I spend most of my free time in bed reading one of the hundreds of unread books on my bookshelf or making videos all about them on my Youtube channel. If you’re into books and/or all things natural beauty, my channel name is CheysCorner7.
My heart keeps clinging to the fantasy of it but I keep feeling like I'm missing the pain behind the character's circumstances. It was a beautiful glimpse of where our country is now and where I hope we continue to head. No matter our religion, political view or sexual identity, we can all live in harmony and love one another. We don't need to agree, just love.
I found myself feeling so incredibly sad for each person in this play. For the most part, they each connect to some ethnicity - Black, Jewish, Mormon - or political party - McCarthyism, Republican but yet, they all feel just as lost as one another. No one in this play seems to find comfort in any of the things they identify with. Everything they believe in seems to be the very thing that is ripping them apart.
The show begins and I can finally set my attention on something else. If I could describe this show in one word, it would be CRAY.
I may or may not have spent a few minutes at the beginning matching every character on stage to those in the movie She’s The Man with Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum which I learned a few years ago is based on this very play.
Cheyanne, did you forget what show you came to see? Did you expect a musical about a talking sponge to be anything less than corny?
But after getting an inside view on his past and how it led him to make certain decisions, I felt empathy for him. Does having empathy mean people shouldn't be punished for their crimes though?
I felt like I was watching a show on speed 10x, and I wasn't fully prepared for the ride.
The fact that she took the job for zero pay immediately pushed me into the headspace that I was afraid I would be in: Cheryl is clearly very privileged.
Curiously, I kept asking myself, "am I totally crazy for thinking Glinda is actually the wicked one?"
And then the ending happens. And by this point, I'm shook. In a quiet theatre, I actually let out a very loud "OH SHIT!" that was not meant to be audible. I won't spoil it for you.
I loved the entire concept of the show and being able to get a nice taste of all of Hal's different productions...
The word sonder, as defined by the playwright Dan Moldovan, means 'the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.' This definition alone made me super curious to see this show.
My overall experience of this show can be summed up in one word: EMOTIONAL. I shed lots and lots of tears. Happy tears. Sad tears. Excited tears. Grateful tears.
Everything about the show gave me Beauty and the Beast vibes without the talking furniture and dinnerware (sidenote: I rooted for the Beast one hundred percent more than the Phantom)...
When Eddie offers her the option to stay with him while she gets her life in order, she can't seem to shake her doubts and fears that he has a hidden agenda besides just being nice. She says to him, "it's too bad we can't meet people without their past." LIKE, WHAT A LINE!!
Have we started to define the word feminism incorrectly or am I just really old school?
Is it possible that I can hold more traditional views on these subjects than someone originally written in an 1879 play?
The show opened with a woman removing a bloody carcass from a string. Cool, we wasted no time getting weird. Later, I found out that that woman is named Pip, a young hunter who also works as a temp and is involved in a polyamorous relationship with two other men.
Watching this show, I found myself on the actual edge of my seat, my heart rate increasing the more I watched and having to close my mouth after my jaw dropped one too many times. From the very beginning, I saw a group of friends as they enjoy the year 2000, when the U.S. is doing fairly well politically and economically. But as I listened, even before shit hits the fan during the year 2008, I could see how much race played a role between them.
I was mostly drawn to Joan's story and how much it reminded me of my personal faith. As a Christian, it's not very often that I see Godly faith represented. Joan's faith and total trust in God was so inspiring to watch. Her willingness to put herself on the line and encourage an army and country to trust in something they couldn't see was so beautiful.
Let me just say, I am not easily made uncomfortable by taboo subjects or content. But there was something so vulnerable and awkward when I saw it come to life onstage. Jenny - who I will remind you again is F O U R T E E N - begins a love affair with a man from her church who is 28. Her church y'all. I mean... why?
The singing in this show was so fast! At first, I had a hard time keeping up with every one on stage and what they were each saying but I realized later on when I kept thinking about the soundtrack, that it made total sense! New York is fast paced.
How do we remain true to ourselves when life is suddenly upside down?
How do we make it through hard times without support from those we love most? When those very people don't understand why we do what we do?
Do our secrets do the most damage? Our guilt?
The show itself felt so refreshing! There were so many moments throughout that I still remember days later but there was one scene in particular that really stuck with me. There was a scene with Isis, Malena and Tati - the three younger female characters who are all very much lost and in search of themselves.
House Hufflepuff is usually considered the "joke" house that no one cares about. But, I think we're pretty freaking awesome. Like what other house has their own Off Broadway show?! As a fan of the series and someone who has been surrounded by Harry Potter for my entire life, it was an incredible experience. To be in a room full of like-minded people, in my age group who are all part of the Harry Potter era...
I did not expect this woman's story to touch me at all. I didn't find myself liking her that much, but from the beginning of her labor-retelling to the end where she shares a new letter for her son, I am in tears.
It's just one of those things where you're so used to something that you can't really appreciate it for all it is. After seeing Street Children, I felt it. I kept thinking about how this show touched me and how much of a privilege it is to be able to live in a city where art like this can exist.
As soon as the opening number began, I started to feel some of my stress go down. How could it not when the stage was full of people in masks, bright costumes and singing about our "laughter hitting the rafters"? I did not expect myself to like this show (it was written like decadessssss ago) but this was the first time in a while that I was really able to feel totally free in a theatre.
There was one line from the closing song that I really loved that plays on a loop in my head: "We can do more than just survive". And I couldn't think of a better ending. I may have walked into the theatre without any expectations, but I definitely walked in with my own baggage and personal issues that no one knows about.
There were countless times throughout this show that I was blown away by the subject matter involved. This show deals with racism, oppression, inequality and the fight and desire for freedom and liberation. And while this play revolves around a time period that is long gone history, these topics are still so incredibly relevant and prevalent today...
Matilda: The Musical is about a young girl named Matilda who is smart and imaginative beyond her years and is unafraid to stand up for what is fair...