Saturday 28 September 2013

"Tommy", Avon Theatre, Stratford Festival, Stratford, ON

Gord and I take the train down and back (almost 2.5 hours each way) twice during the summer to Stratford to see plays in the Stratford Festival.  By not driving, we don't have to deal with traffic and we can have a couple of drinks after the play without worrying about driving.  Plus we like the train!

Today we saw Tommy. It was playing at the Avon Theatre.

There were a couple of kids busking next to where Justin Bieber got his start.

There is a plaque in the sidewalk acknowledging Bieber

Deprived of sight, hearing and speech by the shock of what he has witnessed as a child, young Tommy Walker seems lost to life – until he reveals an uncanny talent for the game of pinball. When his faculties are suddenly restored, Tommy is hailed as a living miracle – but will the fans who turn to him for enlightenment want to hear what he has to say?

I didn't know much about the story other than "a deaf dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean pinball".  It was really loud and colourful, which I liked.  There was a large cast and lots of singing and dancing.  I knew some of the songs because The Who had made them hits back in the day.  I enjoyed it.

It was such a nice day that after the play we walked along the Avon River and sat on a bench and watched the ducks.  Then we had supper at the Boar's Head Pub.

We eventually made our way back to the station to catch our train home.

Another fun day in Stratford!


Masshole Mommy said...

I saw Tommy years ago. GREAT music!

LeeAnn said...

Fab show - this production was almost identical to the one I took my Mom to for her birthday in 1995 - same special effects which were fab - especially those paratroopers jumping out of the plane - did I tell you that Pete Townsend walked out on stage at the end of our production at Stratford? Alas, my friend had no clue who he was! You should rent the movie - it is a little different!! Glad you enjoyed - the music is amazing!

Teresa said...

I love Stratford. Went to a play myself this weekend about the 1940's not my cup of tea but a friend was part of it. Something different from the norm.