Summer reading season is upon the area, which means many people will be spending at least some time this summer curled up with a good book.
Lately, for reasons I’m still trying to figure out, I’ve been more and more drawn to the memoirs section in the library and I’ve been able to learn a lot about the people whose autobiographies I’ve picked up, much of it extremely fascinating. So for those looking to pick up a few memoirs to add to your summer reading list, here are a handful I’ve come across and would highly recommend.
Written by Oscar-wining director Ron Howard and his younger brother, Clint, the brothers recount growing up and talk about their careers beginning as child actors. There are many funny stories throughout, as well as some insights about the workings of the entertainment industry, and the book is just overall very well put together. The pair also recounts how their parents, who were aspiring entertainers themselves, raised them with actually quite a bit of normalcy and didn’t really let fame get into the boys’ heads as their careers took off, which I thought was really cool given how nowadays, unfortunately, child actors’ parents seem to put their child’s well-being on the back burner. Those recollections were particularly interesting to read, and I couldn’t help but think “EVERY parent of a child actor needs to read this book as a how-to guide!” Overall, a very good read and one I would highly recommend.
Marvel has been absolutely knocking it out of the park lately in terms of content with Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), particularly (for me, anyway) with “Spider-Man: No Way Home” and the various Disney+ series, including “Moon Knight.”
As I’ve mentioned here multiple times, I have several shows on my bucket list that I would love to see and last Thursday, I got the chance to cross off one of those shows.
Last Thursday, I got the chance to see a national tour performance of “The Lion King” on stage at the Century II Concert Hall in Wichita with my mom, and having seen the 1994 movie MANY times when I was younger, I was beyond excited to see what it would look like as a stage show.
And WOW was I ultimately in for a treat. The show follows young lion cub Simba as he flees the Pride Lands after a tragedy orchestrated by his wicked uncle Scar, leaving the life he knew behind. Taken in by two unlikely friends, Simba starts anew, but when the weight of responsibility and a desperate plea from an old friend catch up with him, he must face the past
To start off with, the costumes and puppetry for the show were ridiculously well done and I can’t imagine how much time it took to not only design them properly for this particular cast, but also how much time it too for them to master everything. One of the ensemble “animals” had that particular cast member on all fours ON STILTS in the show and my jaw about dropped the first time I saw it come on stage. There was also a cheetah character that was also particularly entertaining to watch because it kind of reminded me of what my parents’ cats look like when they’re “stalking” their prey (typically each other or a toy). The costumes for even the background characters, such as the lioness herd, were extremely well done, which was awesome since in a lot of productions, the costumes for the ensemble/background characters is kind of put on the back burner – but definitely not with this show.