Friday, 26 February 2016

Meeting the stars



                       How a trip to the theatre ended up with meeting a few VIP's!

Yes, that is me and my daughter meeting Jason Manford last Sunday! We had been to see Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the Mayflower theatre in Southampton and our lovely little girl had drawn a picture of the car to give to "The Daddy in the play" I made a promise to her that we could give it to him after the show, so we went to the stage door and waited patiently to meet him!

I had never ever done hanging around the stage door before, and so my daughter, husband and I were sharing  an experience for the first time together. The show had been amazing, full of colour, fun and comedy which we all enjoyed immensely. We always have loved taking our daughter to the theatre. I feel it is an experience everyone should have. We look at the orchestra pit and discuss the instruments and wonder at how anyine managed to paint the ceilings so beautifully!

I was a little concerned about taking her to wait in the cold afterwards, but we did not have to wait too long and there were not many people there on this occasion.

I think I was a little more excited than my daughter to be honest! First, we were met by the lovely Martin Kemp, who was playing the child catcher. It was for this reason our little one would not have her picture taken with him!! We then met Phill Jupitus and Michelle Collins and then finally, Jason came out to say hello!

It really made my daughter proud that she had made something for someone important in the show! She was so eager to tell her friends at school the next day how she had met Mr Potts and gave him a picture of his flying car!

Now, I am not saying we should encourage our children t to be "Groupies", but this experience was definitely a memory that she will remember for a long time to come. Jason spoke to her so kindly and thanked her for the picture. It was great that he took the time to really talk about what she had drawn and how lovely her writing was. I probably won't be doing this everytime we get to go to a show, but i really think it added to the whole experience.

Plus I was hugged by Jason Manford AND Martin Kemp.
Well, it made my day!!

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