So, American theater is no different from British theatre, right?
People are in the audience watching, and people are on stage acting. Just the same.
Except there are differences – of course there are! We saw The Wizard of Oz at the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore last week and oh my, we felt very British on occasion!
Like when you ask in the interval if they have any tubs of those ice-creams that you eat with a spoon. ‘Ice-cream?’ was the incredulous response from a server at the bar. Obviously not then! Oh, the disappointment!
We just wanted one of those usherettes selling us over-priced ice-creams, that was all!
Anyway, never mind about the ice-cream. Let’s start clapping with lots of enthusiasm in time to the music at the end of the show, like at pantomimes, instead!
Oh, just me and my British friend then….obviously this is not the done thing 😉
Hey ho, at least we know now!
LGBT / Pride
One of the things that I can’t get my head round about living in the USA is how different states have different laws and rules.
For instance, when they passed the same-sex marriage bill in the UK it passes for the whole of the UK and that’s that. Job done.
Here in the USA it’s about the states making up their minds and choosing if they fancy it or not.
This is the marriage equality status of the USA.
Maryland’s Gov. Martin O’Malley introduced legislation in 2012 to legalize same-sex marriage in the state, and a couple of my best friends were the first gay couple to married under this license.
Howard County, where I live, is very progressive in this area, I am happy to say. Yesterday I attended an LGBT event to celebrate PRIDE month for the gay community and what a fabulously colourful and fun event it was too! We were there supporting Courtney Watson, who is running for Chief Executive of Howard County, and who has been instrumental in helping to get these laws implemented and supporting for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in many different ways.
Come on America, let’s get this Same-Sex Marriage bill thing sorted! It’s working in Howard County. That is all I have to say about that!