For those who celebrate, I hope you had a great Easter weekend. I spent my Easter Sunday seeing a production of Singin’ in the Rain by McCoy Rigby Entertainment at the La Mirada Theatre. It was my first time attending the 1,251 seat venue. Because of the smaller size, your seat is never too far away from the stage and you’ll never be seated too far to the side where you end up watching a performance at an awkward angle. There’s plenty of parking and it’s free. Just find a spot and walk.
Singin’ in the Rain at La Mirada was amazing. It follows the movie of the same name almost exactly. Having seen the movie so many times, I was able to repeat lines and lyrics in my head. There are a few minor changes. For example, Don Lockwood runs into Kathy Selden at a bus stop instead of jumping into her car. In both instances, Lockwood is running away from his adoring fans. Lina Lamont also has a scene where she sings in her high nasally voice. One song that stayed true to its namesake was the performance of Singin’ in the Rain. I’ve watched many big Broadway shows on tour. I’ve seen lights, lasers, and pyrotechnics being used on stage. But this was the first time I’ve seen water. During the number, it was pouring actual water from the ceiling. Yes, it was raining indoors. Michael Starr (Don Lockwood) really was singing and dancing in the rain. Gene Kelly would’ve been proud.
This is my third time attending the local theatre. I’ve watched one show at each venue in Cerritos, Long Beach, and La Mirada. With theatres announcing their 2019/2020 season, I intend to see more at these three places. It’s amazing what they’re able to achieve with a smaller production budget. I implore you to go see and support your local theatre. Broadway is closer than you think.