Today was a bit of a melancholy day in some ways as it was our last show. We started our day seeing the Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe, brought by an Arts School from South Carolina. The staging and puppetry of Aslan was incredible. From there part of the cast stayed at the theatre to watch Around the World in 80 Days, and some of us came back to rest up before the show (or at least we tried to, the bus forgot us for a while).
The last show went well, there were a few funny errors in it, and a tiny audience, but it was good. We were also reviewed by the Fringe's reviewer who said:
The only certainty in Oskar and Thea’s lives is that nothing is guaranteed. The play follows their unlikely friendship, as they struggle to navigate their families and uncertain futures. Begin Again explores the healing power of music and the hope that love, family and friends can help you survive your darkest day. It is a play about hope and the belief that, despite adversity and circumstance, it is possible to rise above any challenge and use your voice to affect positive change in the world. This young, talented cast of actors captured the emotional circumstances perfectly through dramatic and comedic scenes, original raps and live vocals. We learn that there are many circumstances where we wish we could begin again, raising the important question “What will your legacy be?” This was an excellent performance from this small cast from St. Catherine’s Collegiate Theatre Group. I would highly recommend this for a teenage audience.
Reviewed by Lynn Begin Again, Churchill Theatre, Morningside Road
After the show we came back for a quick bite to eat before heading back to the Royal Mile again for our Underground Ghost Tour. The two hour long tour took us to a few places in Edinburgh above ground, and then down to the tunnels underneath the city, formed when an old bridge (you can see a picture of part if it on the tea towel Abba is holding) was closed in by the city above it. We have before and after photos of the group to show how scared they were from the tour (not sure why Brandon is scared in the before photo), and a progression of our tour where Abba was used frequently to demonstrate flogging or nailing someone's ear to a post, or other icky things like that.
The end of the tour was in a small type home and they were offered a wee dram'o'whiskey. We vetoed and they instead enjoyed a glass of Iron Bru, the Scottish homegrown alternative to coca-cola (but it's actually an orange drink).
We walked and bussed back to the dorms at the end of the evening, and Brenna saved me from stepping on a huge slug (or maybe saved the slug!) so we took a picture with her hand in it for perspective.
When we got back up to our rooms almost all the kids were waiting outside. The boys (with some outside help) had purchased incredibly thoughtful gifts for both of us as a thank you. Mine was a replica of the Golden Egg from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. At school I've incorporated the Harry Potter Houses into a competition with my grade 9s, and sometimes I conduct with Lord Voldemort's wand, so it was a very sweet, thoughtful gift that I really appreciate, and I can't wait to display at work.
We are thankful we have such great students, and we are reminded of just how sweet they are as our trip starts to wind to a close. :-(