Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Jake Heston Miller │ Oliver

 
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Last week I had the opportunity to attend a fantastic new production of "Oliver" at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, located in southwest Washington D. C.  What made the show very interesting was that it had a theater-in-the-round configuration.  As you can tell from the photos above, it is a very small theater, and holds about 680 people.  The play is performed in the center floor surrounded by four sections of seats.  The play and the action is really in-your-face, as you are so close to the actors.  The seating is quite intimate, so you really feel that you are a part of the play.  Nine year old Jake Heston Miller plays Oliver, and is the star of the show.  His singing is outstanding, and he has a stage presence that is superb for his very young age.  Jake studies voice with professor Elysabeth Muscat at the Peabody Institute, which is part of the John Hopkins University in Maryland, so his vocal training is top-of-the-line classical.  Professor Muscat is the dean of voice studies at Peabody.  When Jake sang "Where Is Love", my eyes filled with tears.  His rendition was so moving that my heart just melted.  Jake's voice is strong and has unusual depth for one so young.  By-the-way, he is a straight "A" student in the fourth grade, and enjoys playing tennis.  Jake lives in Warrenton, Virginia.  I was on vacation in Washington D. C. with a friend, and our main itinerary was to visit the Washington D. C. Mall, but quite by chance I saw an advertisement in the local paper for "Oliver", and we decided that it was a must see even though the tickets were quite pricey at $122.00 each, but it was more than worth it, and was money well spent.  Getting to  Arena Stage was easy from downtown Washington D. C.  We took the Metro at Union Station, and got off at the Waterfront Metro stop, which is very close to the theater.  "Oliver" runs from October 30, 2015 to January 3, 2016 at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, so if you are in the Washington D. C. area, it is worth seeing.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Ivan Kupala │ Vlad Krutskikh

I thought that I would bring in the New Year with Vlad Krutskikh and Street Magic, singing their cool rendition of "Ivan Kupala".  Ivan Kupala Day (St. John the Baptist Day), is celebrated in Eastern European countries around July 7.  Tvorila Night, the eve of Ivan Kupala Day, is considered to be a time for good humor, mischief, and boisterous fun.   On Ivan Kupala day itself, children have water fights, and perform pranks mostly involving pouring water over someone's head.  After all, it is St. John the Baptist day.  I am a bit nostalgic about "Ivan Kupala", as it is the song that introduced me to the amazing, and entertaining, Vlad Krutskikh and Street Magic.  It is interesting to note that all the performers in this cool video are wearing Ivan Kupala (St. John The Baptist) themed costumes.  Happy New Year to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Omar Arnaout

In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring the very talented Omar Arnaout.  Omar is from Bucarest, Romania, and was the finalist in Next Star, a Romanian talent show.  It showcases young people from the ages of three to Thirteen.  It started in 2013, and Omar, who is of mixed Lebanese-Romanian ancestry, was its first winner.  Omar has two older brothers.  Omar is an incredible talent and his career is just starting, so we will be hearing a lot more from him.  It is so cool to hear him sing in both Arabic and English in the video "Beautiful Life".  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Christmas Shoes

In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring a remarkable video called "The Christmas Shoes".  What can I say about "The Christmas Shoes" without sounding banal or trite?  It is very moving, and fills the soul with deep sentiment.  "The Christmas Shoes" is the perfect Christmas story.  My Dear Aunt Martha and I found it on the internet this past Christmas, and we could not stop crying after watching it, and we watched it over, and over again.  The Christian musical group Newsong originally released it in 2000, and since then it has grown in popularity to become a  perennial favorite for the holidays.  There are many video versions of "The Christmas Shoes", but this one is the best by far.  The soundtrack of the video contains the original Newsong version of "The Christmas Shoes".  My Dear Aunt Martha and I felt that with the way things are going in the world, we all need something to pick us up and remind us that the greatest gift of all, is the gift of sharing.  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Someday At Christmas │ Justin Bieber

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and  a Happy New Year to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lux Aurumque

Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Maîtrise de Garçons de Colmar

 
 
 
 
In this edition of Angel Watchers I am featuring Maîtrise de Garçons de Colmar, the incredible boys' choir from France, singing the haunting "In Paradisum" from Duruflé's Requiem.  The official website of Maîtrise de Garçons de Colmar can be found at this link: Maîtrise de Garçons de Colmar   Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.


Friday, November 6, 2015

Damien

As you have probably noticed, Damien is the mascot of Angel Watchers, so it is only appropriate that I feature him in his very own video called "Damien".  Safe journeys to all the fans of Angel Watchers, wherever you may be.

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