On the tube back from Love Never Dies on Monday, I got into a conversation with the man sitting across from me about my program.  Side note: the Brits are crazy and make you pay separately for a program.  I'm not a fan.  Matthew (the guy's name) continued to say that he'd never seen the show but that he'd played the music quite a bit--he played violin in the orchestra!  He commented that his next job was the ballet Cinderella so if my friend and I went to the show (which we were already planning on doing) we should say hi to him in the pit.

I went to Cinderella tonight to make good on my word but unfortunately the orchestra had already left by the time I made it down from the balcony to the main floor.  Ahh well.  Another random thing that I don't understand about performances is why they have to be so long (this goes for shows in the States too).  The key to dazzling anyone in life is to keep them wanting more...3 hours of ballet when the seats leave something do be desired in the comfort department does not have that effect.  I suppose producers want people to feel as though they've gotten their money's worth, but really?  3 hours?  2 intermissions?  Why is that necessary?
I've realized that when it comes to the arts I prefer making the magic by performing as opposed to experiencing the magic from the audience.  It's fair to say that that goes for the rest of my life too--I love planning interesting experiences for other people more than I enjoy showing up for/participating in things that are planned by other people.  I'm not sure what to make of this, but it's food for thought.