Even though I’m not the most outrageously outgoing person (in fact I would probably call myself an introvert) last year I decided to pick a couple of ‘events’ (for want of a better word) that I had never been to and head along.
This is the tale of one of them.
So where did I end up?
Well … a long time ago in a galaxy far far away …
Star Wars and the NZSO.
I knew I had to go as soon as I saw it advertised in early 2018.
Star Wars: A New Hope (the original classic) was being shown at the TSB Bank Arena in Welly but the truly awesome part was that the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) was going to play the musical soundtrack live!
To say I was excited was an understatement.
Now I won’t say that I am a hard core Star Wars fan. I don’t go to midnight screenings dressed as a stormtrooper or Chewbacca but I was young when the first trilogy of movies were released. They were a part of my growing up.
C’mon … we all had a wee crush on Harrison Ford as the lovable pilot, rogue and smuggler!
I certainly wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to relive just a little bit of that childhood magic.
Couple that with the fact that I had never attended a live orchestral performance of any kind … well … it was a no brainer really.
Oh what a wonderful experience it was!
The arena was packed with people of all ages, some, like me, going on a journey into the past whereas others were making their first introductions to Han, Luke and Leia and taking their first flight on the Millennium Falcon.
The movie was of course as I remember it. A rolicking fun adventure through space with thrills, drama, comedy, strange creatures of all sorts and the greatest villain you will ever see on a cinema screen!
And all credit to the NZSO. The music was played to perfection. Not a beat missed and everything in time. John William’s incredible score, so thrilling and romantic, never sounded better in my humble opinion!
The group of old ladies seated in front of me seemed to be having a ball!
If the standing ovation as it finished or the smiles I saw as I left were anything to go by I think it’s safe to say that all had a fantastic time.
Would I do it again … absolutely yes!
Should you go if a show like that comes to your town … don’t hesitate I say!
I’m now hanging out for the next sing-along screening of The Sound Of Music at the Embassy Theatre! What a blast that would be!