POST: Newsical the Musical. What's it like to introduce a friend to theatre?
Even though I feel that it is important to be up to date with current events, I despise modern media. So, a show mocking today's media seemed like a great time. It seemed like such a great time that I decided to take a friend with me, a friend who has never seen a musical. Since she is not much of a theatergoer, I felt that it was my duty to introduce her to the marvelous theater world with a (hopefully) funny, cool musical that she would enjoy. The pressure was on. Below are my thoughts, arranged in chronological order, about that day.
1. I hope she's not late.
I have heard too many stories where a person would invite someone to see a show only for the person to come late. I'm not sure why but it feels like some non-theatergoers do not properly understand the importance of being there on time.
1a. What actually happened:
She stood in front of the theater waiting for me in the freezing cold. I was almost late and she almost thought that I bailed on her.
Thankfully, I made it just in time.
2. I hope she's enjoying the show.
I spent a significant time of the show sneaking glances over at her to see if she was laughing at funny parts. I felt that this show was solely responsible for whether she ever decides to regularly go see theater shows or dismiss theater completely. There was a lot riding on this.
2a. What actually happened:
She laughed throughout almost all the show.
3. Did the show meet/exceed her expectations?
As soon as we walked out of the theater I asked, "How was it?", expecting a, "It was cool but not really my thing", type of response.
3a. What actually happened:
Much to my surprise, she said that the show was great and that she hoped that I go with her to see another show soon. Even though my experience watching this show was more anxiety-filled than I would have liked it to be, I'm glad that I played a part in revealing to her how enjoyable theater can be.