Recently, my sweet friend Shabby Princess invited me to spend a glorious evening at the Winspear Opera House, joining her to see "Les Miserables." Of course, I jumped at the chance to spend some time with one of my favorite Dallas girls! Now, when SP takes you out on the town, she does it up big! We had VIP passes which meant yummy food and drink pre-show. Yes, that is a Nutella and strawberry crepe. I mean, it's a French story, how can you not have crepes?
The production was amazing. I've never seen "Les Miserables" and it's by far her favorite. I think I enjoyed watching her enjoy the show almost as much I enjoyed the play! The theme of compassion and forgiveness really spoke to me. I asked her if she's read the book and she said yes, she has started it many times. I'm intrigued now. Maybe I should add this to my goals for 2012 - read Victor Hugo.
Well, as if seeing and hearing the magnificence that is Les Miz, wasn't incredible enough, SP got us backstage passes. We got to tour the Winspear! Oh, it was a sight to see. I wish I could remember all of the details. I did learn that it has the largest orchestra pit in all of North America - can expand to accommodate a 298 piece orchestra! Wow. Just wow.
The Winspear actually has much more room backstage than a normal theater. It is designed to accommodate TWO operas at once, that way they can run more shows. I also learned that the Winspear started with a very generous $43M gift from the Windspear family. And that to date they have received 134 gifts of over $1M each towards the completing of the opera house. Dallas theater has some enthusiastic support!
I had such a wonderful time. Thank you SP for sharing the evening with me and showing much such a great time. I always love hanging out with you, but thank you for sharing such a special day with me. You are an incredibly loving person and I know she would be so proud of you!
And for those that I left hanging, I went with the sparkle shoes! Every girls needs a little glitter in her life, right?