June 17, 2017
Today I went to the backstage tour of my favourite musical. Two days ago I did the exact same thing with my amazing mum and amazing sister and I was a little bit disappointed.
If you read my Mary Poppins backstage tour review you will know that this made my day, week, month. It’s one of my favourite days from this year because I was so happy and excited and had such an amazing day.
I always make an effort and dress nicely so on Thursday I wore my new favourite dress and my mum made my hair for me.
I wore a pink lipstick and loved my look.
On Saturday I went for a more casual look and wore some black trousers and a dark red shirt with hearts on it and a purple-red lipstick.
Of course it was incredible being there with my mum and sister but the magic was missing. The guy who did the tour was really nice and charming but super nervous and had some cards where he read the facts from. Not all the time but quiet often. The guy who joined him, so that nobody goes missing in this big house, was super unchilled and stressed the whole time when we took a second longer to look at something.
But today I’ve went for the second time. Why? Because I met a girl on the internet and we planned to do this together. I was really nervous because I’ve never met her and I am probably not meeting her again any time soon.
We were a massive group so they had to split it into two smaller groups like they did on Thursday too. I said we’re taking the second group because I was hoping that my favourite guide was there but she sadly wasn’t, that was really disappointing on Thursday too.
After a few minutes the woman opened the door and welcomed us to the backstage tour. She seemed nice so I was excited for the tour. We were a really big group but it worked so good and everbody was listening. We placed our bags in a little corner so we don’t have to carry them around for an hour and then she started with a little resume of the show for those who didn’t see the show before. She starts telling a little bit of the story and a woman next to me goes: ‘Oh, I think we are wrong here’. I was like what? Then she said to her daughter: ‘Get your grandma we are wrong here’. By that time the guide saw that something wasn’t right and asked what’s wrong. And the woman said: ‘ we thought this was the backstage tour for Mary Poppins…… ‘. What?! First of all look at that picture:
You get a key chain with a sign that says TANZ DER VAMPIRE. They woman tells that she’s going to protect us so no vampires bite us and they still don’t get it? This was so hilarious! The whole group including the guide laughed so much and on the whole way we took to get behind the stage everybody kept laughing and I said: ‘ wait I thought this was about a Nanny? Didn’t know she gets bitten’. So the tour started so good and we had a great vibe because everybody couldn’t believe that this happened and we couldn’t stop laughing.
This time we took the right way to the stage. On Thursday we took the left way so it was really nice to get a different view of everything. We saw the bathtub and she explained that they are using real foam. We saw the doll of the professor and she explained a few things about that. And then we went to the blackbox where the actors get dressed and change their costumes during the show. On Thursday I saw the blackbox of the women and today I saw the blackbox of the men so this was really cool and exciting. I saw where Max and Gonzalo have their costumes. This was so cool for me! She said that there are about 120 changes during the show and that every actor has about 13 changes. For some of them they have a few minutes and for some of them only seconds. So she showed us where they get changed when they literally have only 15 seconds. Then it was time to go on to the stage.
Last time the curtain was down so you couldn’t see where the people are sitting later and this time it was down too which is a bit sad but today the gallery was down which was so cool to see. She explained that they need ladders so the audience can see them. She also explained how they get into the graves and that they find them because of different coloured lights and that they croll underneath the graves to get into them.
We saw the house and the tiny beds which is really cool to see and so crazy. The beds are so little but when you see them later in the show you think that they are huge.
Then it was time for some sport as our guide said. She wanted to climb to the 4th floor but we made a little stop on the third and she showed us the costumes and we were allowed to touch them because they don’t use them anymore. I love stuff like that and it’s always so fun to see and touch them.
Then we climbed a floor ahead and she explained things about the hair and make up. She showed us how the blood thing works. They have little packages with blood in it. Before they bite someone they put them into their mouths and then spit it onto the neck. They also spit the little plastic thing that’s left on to the stage. I’ve never witnessed that to be honest. Of course it’s really interesting to hear what the blood tastes like and she said it tastes a little bit of strawberry. She gave a little container around with the blood inside and yes…. one girl really tried it and said it tastes of strawberry. But that container is lying around their for ages so I really didn’t want to try that… it looked really sticky.
Then we saw a few pictures of the count and professor and how they get paint on their faces. Then she told us a few things about the history of the play and then we climbed down and went into the theatre.
She said a few facts about the theatre and how many people work for one and during the show. We saw the technic group checking and cleaning everything which is my favourite thing about that tour. They checked if the grave-wall is working so we saw that going up and down. We saw the paths where the professor and Alfred walk on. I really didn’t want to leave.
Because we were such a big group the tour was a bit longer than an hour which I think is amazing. I liked the tour better this time because the group was much funnier and much more interested and excited. The guide was confident and because she didn’t have to read from cards she was able to give us a lot more information and she was really funny too. I said to her at the end that she did a great job and she was really happy about that.
After that we went to the stage door where the actors go in and out and we saw a few but just talked to two for a second, well I didn’t say much. I planned to go back later and wait until they come out after their last show but I wasn’t feeling it.
I had a nice morning during the show and I really wanted to write this to keep both of these days as memories.
I really wished my mum and sister where there today because I think they would have enjoyed the tour so much more.
Let me know in the comments if you read the whole thing and if you made an internet friend before.