Opening night for Frozen The Musical

Opening night for Frozen The Musical

So much going on during the opening night
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So I had the privilege to see the Disney's newest Broadway show, "Frozen The Musical" on opening night, August 17th, 2017.

The Denver Center for Performing arts is a beautiful place to be at. Denver had very crisp and warm weather, with little to no humidity and the heat wasn't anything over the upper 80's. It's very close to Denver's infamous road of malls, called 16th Street malls. It's a walkway full of stores, and restaurants and street performers. It has "free mall shuttles" that stops at every block literally every 5 minutes or so. You won't ever have to worry about catching a shuttle since it's super convenient.

Also, it is very close to Union Station, which is their main hub for their trains and buses. The cost to take the train from union station to Denver's International Airpot is only 9$ so very cheap compared to a taxi or lyft/uber that can cost upwards to 50$ for one way. I literally just flew on the day of opening night. My ticket was 75$ for Orchestra Center Row S Seat 22. I bought the ticket back in February 2017, when they had pre-order for the pre-debut showings.

They did do a small bag check then they scan your ticket before you actually pass the check point to get into the lines for the merchandise and rest of the lobby. After they scan your ticket and check your bag, you have free reign over the lobby. If you have wanted to leave, you would have to go back through the same line again to get back inside.

They were serving alcoholic drinks, with frozen themed names, can't remember them all though. They were also serving snacks, like flavored popcorn and candy for the kids.

The line for the merchandise was pretty long. Glad I was able to snag a couple of merchandise before the show. I grabbed the Frozen hat, and a blue ringer t-shirt. Other merchandise they had was a zipped up jacket, a women's Frozen T-shirt and a blue/white baseball inspired Shirt, as well as the green shirt that had a license plate inspired shirt that says "FRZN 5280." They also had a mug, tote bag, post cards, magnet and a keychain. (pictures below)

The shirts when I went was like $40, the jacket was $55 (now its $60), the tote bag was around $10-15, the magnet and keychains were also around $10-15, and they also had an option where you can pre-order the cast recording of the musical for $25 (which I forgot to do and totally regret not doing.)

All around me you can see families of all ages waiting in anticipation of getting inside the actual theater. We weren't allowed to go inside the actual theater, maybe until 15 - 20 minutes before show time. We were all allowed in the lobby about an hour before the show started. It was a lobby full of adults and kids alike, dressed up, either in fancy clothes or costumes. I saw a lot of people who were Disney bounding. It was just like being at the Disney parks again, see everyone's face light up in anticipation for Disney's newest Musical.

Next article I will articulate my actual thoughts of the actual production of the Musical.



Cover Image Credit: Franky The Shorty

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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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How Art Can Help You Take Care Of Yourself

It's time to go on a date with yourself.

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Art is a quintessential part of the human experience: it has something that has been present in human culture beginning from prehistoric times, from when human consciousness first entered the world. It is also something that transcends definition and intertwines with our play of life and the meaning of humanity. Art is an expression of feeling in its most ethereal meaning and "for fun" at its most basic.

Personally, as an Art History minor, art has been a dimension of life for me that I have explored deeply and holds a lot of meaning. Painting is a huge outlet and way to deal with stress for me, and appreciating fine art teaches me about the aspect of history and how all of history is tied together throughout paintings, sculptures, and photographs. It helps me center myself and remind me of the place I hold in this world and the curious aspect personal experience of history. However, art doesn't need to be the stereotypical idea of art: it can be expressed through dance, the learning of a new language, or the coloring of mandalas to ease stress.

The exploration of art and the artistic side of human nature is something that everyone has in them: it's written in our psychology. We have an entire side of our brain that is inclined toward feeling and abstract interpretation, so it's natural to assume that emotion and expression of art are intrinsically intertwined. Thus, experiencing art is a way to personally develop yourself, and can be an unfound way of finding out things about yourself.

Different ways to explore your artistic side can be very easy: as easy as 3rd-grade coloring books, coloring mandalas, or finger-painting. Recently, I participated in a lantern festival and being able to paint a small lantern was an amazing outlet from a stress-filled week and allowed me to express myself through something besides just communication. Writing is also another good way to express emotion and create art: many books are just art pieces, and can be another way to further develop yourself. Additionally, other small fun things like carving pumpkins (spooky season!) or even curating the perfect Instagram profile can be another way to express yourself.

Appreciating the small things in your life as art and self-expression help put you more in touch with yourself, which is easy to lose throughout the mundane cycles of college, work, and life in general. Keeping yourself in harmony and balance might seem like an earthy-crunchy concept, but self-care and self-love are vital in keeping the rest of your life ordered. Being mindful of yourself and your goals is something that I have always have had difficulty with, but working toward learning more about yourself is taking the first step.

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