Soap is an American sitcom which aired during 1977-1981 and lasted 4 seasons. The show was created to make fun of soap operas, and includes several everyday events such as alien-abduction, kidnapping, murder, and exorcism. The plot revolves around 2 sisters; Mary Campbell and Jessica Tate, and their families. The Tate family consists of Jessica, her murdered husband Chester, daughter Corinne who is the mother of a demon-possessed child, and Jessica's father, "the major" who is stuck in World War II, daughter Eunice, who is in love with an escape murder convict, smart-mouthed butler and cook of the Tates; Benson, and son Billy, who is perhaps the only normal one in the family. The Campbell family consists of Mary, her mentally ill husband Burt, son Jodie; an openly gay man who later falls in love with an openly gay woman, son Chuck, who is always accompanied by his dummy Bob who everyone treats as a real human being, and gangster son Danny. SOAP was the very first show to have an openly gay character included within it, and later influenced several other TV shows to include gays in their shows. In 2007, SOAP was listed as one of Time magazine's "100 TV Shows of All-Time", later in 2007 the Tates and Campbells were ranked at number 17 in TV Guide's list of "TV's Top Families", and in 2008, the final episode of season 2 was ranked number 88 in TV Land's "Top 100 Most Unexpected Moments in TV History". SOAP is a mixture of a ridiculous comedy and a gripping drama, as with every episode comes laughs as well as suspense. SOAP will satisfy your love for suspense AND comedy, so whether you like gripping thrillers such as Pretty Little Liars, or obnoxious comedies such as Saturday Night Live, you're bound to love SOAP's quirky content. Confused? You won't be, after the next episode of SOAP!
After navigating through traffic for what felt like hours and consequently, having to sit on the edge of the movie theatre's seats, I finally had the chance to watch the anticipated sequel to The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire which came out November 22nd, 2013. The storyline follows Katniss Everdeen as she is targeted by the Capitol for her actions in the previous Games. She, along with other past tributes, are once again thrown back into the arena for another round to celebrate the Quarter Quell, as it was the 75th anniversary of the Hunger Games. The 2 hours and 26 minutes spent went by extremely quickly, making the movie feel like it was literally only 10 minutes and of course, leaving viewers craving for more. Though it was definitely one of the best sequels so far, there were some moments that didn't hit home. Be warned - there are some spoilers!
This year the Arts Club Theatre Company has brought Mary Poppins: The Broadway Musical to the Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage until January 5th!
The musical differs from Disney's movie adaptation, and follows the plot of the stories written by P.L. Travers more accurately.
From the first second of the show I was in awe. The roles of Bert and Mary Poppins were captured perfectly by the actors Scott Walters and Sara-Jeanne Hosie - so perfectly that I found myself forgetting that there was any other world than the one that they were playing on stage.
And of course, there were the songs we all know and love - Chim Chim Cher-ee, A Spoonful of Sugar, Jolly Holiday and the infamous Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious - which was just that - supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! (That word never gets old!)
With many extravagant dances, heart-wrenching and heart-warming scenes, this musical is a Must-See!
In his write-up in the program, the show's director Bill Millerd quoted the Czech-Republic's first President, who said: "In today's dehumanizing technological civilization, theatre is one of the most important islands of human authenticity."
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Little House on the Prairie is an iconic TV show from the 1970s starring Melissa Gilbert, Melissa Sue Anderson and Michael Landon. It follows Laura, Mary and Carrie Ingalls, along with Ma and Pa, as they struggle through life in the 1800s while living in the small town of Walnut Grove. Every episode is filled with vivid, well-rounded characters, who fill every role from the town gossip to the pleasant store owner. Little House on the Prairie is a cute and touching show that's not to be missed!
Wade “Crybaby” Walker is the head member of a gang of “drapes”; Wanda, Pepper, Milton, and Mona “Hatchetface”, during the early 50’s. Crybaby is the coolest, toughest juvenile delinquent in Baltimore, and his ability to shed a single tear drives all the girls wild, particularly Alison Vernon-Williams, a pretty girl fed up with being a “square”. Will she put aside her proper, respectable ways and defy her fellow “squares” to be with Crybaby? Despite Alison’s respectable grandmother, Mrs. Vernon Williams’, scepticism, she joins Crybaby and his drape pals to hang out at Turkey Point, Crybaby’s hangout place to sing with him at the “Jukebox Jamboree”. Mrs. Vernon-Williams, still not convinced of Crybaby’s love for Alison and musical talent, needs persuading to become a “drape” herself. Starring a very young Johnny Depp, Ricki Lake, Traci Lords, and notorious “godfather of punk rock” Iggy Pop, this 1990 comedy is a parody of teen musicals, and is similar to 1977 major motion picture “Grease”. Watch it with a friend for a good laugh! This is one of my favourite movies, and, appropriate for all ages, I’d recommend it to anyone!
Before MTV, when disco sucked, when rock and roll was hip, a time when jeans were skin-tight and all mailboxes everywhere were at risk of being clubbed. May 28, 1976; the last day of school at Lee High School in the suburbs of Austin, Texas. When Kevin is busted for throwing a keg party, what will these anxious teenagers do with their evening? Meanwhile, a new get-together is being planned at the park. Full kegs and joints being passed from person to person; a teenage paradise. What is considered normal to seniors Pink, Don, and Benny, is new to naïf freshman Mitch Kramer. When Mitch starts hanging out with the seniors, a new experience awaits him every second of the night. This hilarious comedy will have you laughing harder than you’ve ever laughed; however, it is classified as a “stoner” movie, and much of the content is quite risqué as it is rated R (18+). If you’re too classy for cool, this film isn’t recommended for you. Starring Matthew McConaghey, Ben Affleck, and Parker Posey, this 1993 major motion picture ranked in 10th place on Entertainment Weekly magazine’s list of the 50 Best High School Movies of all time. The soundtrack features brilliant tracks from Aerosmith, Foghat, Deep Purple, KISS, Sweet, Black Sabbath, Alice Cooper, and the Runaways. Summer 1976, a time they’d never forget, if only they could remember! Dazed and Confused; see it with a bud!
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