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The uplifting and moving ‘Matilda’The uplifting and moving ‘Matilda’

Before Stranger Things’ Eleven, there was Stephen King’s Carrie. And before that, X-Men’s Jean Grey. But somewhere in between, for all those who grew up in the ’90s, the iconic female telekinetic misfit of our generation was Matilda. Most first met her as the lovable girl played by Mara Wilson in the iconic Danny DeVito-directed feature based on what was originally a Roald Dahl novel. But Matilda: The Musical takes her back to her British roots: in true Dahl-istic fashion, the play is a breezy children’s story at the surface while underneath, it is an in-depth exploration of the benefits and dangers of reciprocal altruism.

Still, the keyword here is “children.” Matilda has a largely young cast, with three actresses alternating for the title role. For our showing, Felicity Kyle S. Napuli delighted the crowd and had everyone on their feet by the time the night was over, perfecting the self-assured tone of Matilda and the rounded vowels of a Brit. Her best friend Lavender was played by Maria Ericka Peralejo, and Miguel Suarez consumed without hesitation the role of Bruce Bogtrotter. Although it’s typical to have adults play children in productions, the roaring young cast is proof that there’s nothing quite like watching authentic kids be kids, as clearly all of them seemed to be having fun on stage. To impress further, none appeared to have any difficulty with the choreography (which was extensive and even acrobatic at times), while tackling the intricate wordplay unique to the play’s Tony-winning book and lyrics.

In the midst of all the schoolyard shenanigans, the musical’s crowning achievement is as impressive as it is oxymoronic, since it is ultimately a feel-good story about overcoming child abuse. Matilda is unwanted by her family, constantly neglected, and is very much aware of her abuse, but maneuvers her way out of it through her book smarts. The magic is not in Matilda’s moments of sorcery but in her sense of innovation.

The strength of the production is not its flashy effects whenever Matilda uses her powers, but during heartwarming moments with Miss Honey (Cris Villonco), her class adviser and fellow abuse victim, as they connect and help each other defeat the narcissists plaguing them. In fact, Matilda’s supernatural abilities are practically an afterthought; she could have found a way to accomplish many of her schemes without them, but she is proof of what one can achieve even when pushed into a corner (or in this case, into a “Chokey”).

Movie Matilda taught children to turn angst into something productive. Memorable scenes from the film include her being neglected at home for up to nine hours a day, and learning to cook, read and go to the library by herself. In turn, the play reflects this by emphasizing that she moves things with her “eyes.” Meaning, Matilda is brilliant because of her mind, and intellect has no bearing on her powers. This is why, throughout the story, Matilda constantly hones not her telekinesis but her knowledge and talents in declamation instead.

Lifestyle Feature ( Article MRec ), pagematch: 1, sectionmatch:Since Roald Dahl is known for his kooky universes, the musical further ups the ante on zaniness. Whereas in the movie, Matilda’s parents were frighteningly suburban in their cruelty, the Wormwoods (played by Joaquin Valdes and Carla Guevara-Laforteza) parade around in gaudy colors and have a private dance instructor named Rudolpho (Bibo Reyes). That is not to say, of course, that their parenting is any less cruel. In fact, something overheard while leaving the theater was an audience member telling their companion that the green-haired Mr. Wormwood was “a better Joker than Jared Leto.” And Miss Trunchbull (Jamie Wilson), who was every kid’s worst nightmare, still has her trademark unibrow — except that she sings her threats now instead of shouting them. Understandably, Matilda’s transition to theater required a more comical approach, but the cruelty and neglect in her upbringing are still apparent. One particular song number, When I Grow Up, touchingly embodies the fears and aspirations of being young.

Atlantis Productions has been on a roll this year, with director Bobby Garcia bringing to the country Broadway’s two rivaling musicals from 2013, Kinky Boots and Matilda. Both on opposite ends of the spectrum, the transgendered, high-kicking acrobatic shoemakers shared the stage with a chorus of schoolgirls during the Tony Awards (in true Broadway fashion) and both competed for Best Musical. Back then, Kinky Boots won, but Matilda, as evidenced by its positive feedback so far, proves why it was able to put up such a good fight. Toe-tapping tunes and an uplifting message have made it a hit so far among both adults and kids. With Kinky Boots returning for a second run in March, the friendly rivalry between the two is set to continue.Read more at:marieaustralia | formal dresses brisbane

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Did you know 6-year-old Aaradhya Bachchan wore Manish Malhotra for her birthday

Every child's birthday is special, but is it also fashionable? Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan's daughter, Aaradhya Bachchan, actually had a party that was fashionable, with the birthday girl looking more cute than ever in pink.

As Aaradhya turned six, her parents threw an Enchanted Meadow-themed birthday party at their Juhu residence. What Aaradhya donned for her special evening was quite a statement in children's fashion.

The pink, Manish Malhotra number might look like just another classic princess dress, but there was more to it. The bodice and part of the skirt had detailed, floral embroidery. The colours of the embroidery matched perfectly with the tone of pink used to make the dress.

The dash of glittery sequins all over made the dress even more glamorous. Aaradhya's dress was paired with a tiara-style headband, and strappy, pink ballerina flats. If you think that's all that made this young lady look like a fairy-tale princess, you're wrong.

Her mom, the beautiful Aishwarya, was twinning her in a pink Gauri and Nainika number. The buttery texture of Aish's dress was offset by the flouncy material of Aaradhya's.

This is not the first time Aaradhya has stepped out in a Manish Malhotra outfit. She wore a custom-made lehenga by the designer when she accompanied her mother for the flag hoisting at the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne, Australia. Aish and Aaradhya twinned on that occasion as well.

It seems like this mother-daughter duo has a clear idea about wanting to mirror each other when it comes to fashionable attires, and doesn't matter if they are wearing pink or white. Together, they make us believe that fashionable fairy tales do come true.Read more at:formal dresses canberra | formal dress

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If you are aware of the cruel practices against animals and actively want to prevent further mistreatment towards them, and even if you do not classify yourself as a vegan, you can still actively make an effort to reduce or remove non cruelty-free clothing from their wardrobe. Many clothing items are made from animals and the public is unaware of or ignores the problem for the sake of fashion. However, we kill these animals not only for meat but also for fashion materials such as leader or suede.

Often, animals are slaughtered, dismembered and skinned while still being alive without any painkillers. Specifically for sheep, people use shearing, which involves an instrument similar to gardening to harvest wool and usually wound the animal due to the high speed of the tool for higher efficiency and more product. No regard is paid to the the animal they could potentially harm. The shears can easily cut too close to the skin and break it. Sheep bred for this reason are usually killed after one shearing and it takes 25 to 45 sheep hides to make one shearling garment. That’s only for sheep. You can find out more similar cases from a simple google search. A cruel process exists in the industry, yet consumers continue to purchase products made from animals because it is a societal norm. However, there are many ways to transition your wardrobe to a cruelty-free one without compromising your fashion taste.

Your first step should be going through your closet and looking for items that are not cruelty-free. The best way to find out about the origin of the garment is to check labels for the materials listed. Shoe labels can be found on the inside of the heel or under the tongue, while clothing labels are around the waist, neck or bottom of the item. The materials you should avoid are: leather, suede, feathers, alligator skin, snakeskin, kangaroo skin, silk, wool, angora, pashmina, cashmere, shearling, camel hair, mohair, alpaca, fleece, fur trim and down.

Most items with these materials should be easy to spot, but some can be deceiving. You may notice most of your accessories will need to be tossed. Leather is commonly found in most closets and used in many items from your shoes to your belts. There are many cruelty-free materials you can wear in place of the ones mentioned above such as faux leather and faux fur. They do not compromise an animal’s life and can give you a similar appearance.

After you have organized your closet, you will have many items you can either toss in the trash, donate or sell. Your decision will depend largely on your ethical standpoint and personal needs. If you do not have much clothing left after this cleanse, you might consider selling so you can afford buying new items. Some good apps for selling items are letgo, Tradesy and Decluttr. Fashionphile is the site to go to if you have high-quality, designer items you want to sell. If you firmly believe no item should be wasted, donate your items to places such as The Salvation Army. There are many options for removing these items from your life, so choose what is best for you personally.

Once you have removed old items from your closet, the next step is to shop for any cruelty-free items you need. Most stores have vegan options available for purchase. H&M, Forever 21 and Free People as well as many other clothing stores in your local mall may have vegan clothing available. Even though some stores offer vegan items, their whole display might not be vegan, so it is important to continue checking labels.

When you buy from brands that sells a combination of both animal and vegan products, you are contributing to the financial production of non-vegan items as well. The best option is to purchase from completely vegan companies, but any step toward limiting the use of animal products in clothing is a great step ethically. There are online vegan retailers such as Alternative Outfitters, Mooshoes and Vegan Chic. You can easily check online to see if a company is trademarked vegan, which means they are a 100 percent vegan and cruelty-free company.

For some, the process of transforming your wardrobe can take up to a year, and that is okay! The best decision you can make each day is to not buy any additional products made from animals to at least stop contributing to the companies with cruel practices. The process can be a big shift financially, ethically and even emotionally since you are parting with items that do not match your morals anymore. Personally, I am still transitioning my wardrobe to being completely cruelty-free and I have consumed a vegan diet for a year, and I can understand how you feel. Animals are involved in so many aspects of our lives and it does take time to rid the negative influences of consuming animal products. They are used in our food, clothing, cosmetics and many more. This is an upsetting reality, and making efforts to change that reality is worth the time when considering the differences you are making in an animal’s life.

A common misconception is that fashion pieces use by-products of the slaughtering process; it is actually a co-product. Some Indian cows are specifically bred for leather used in luxury brands. If you struggle giving up a fur coat or your favorite leather jacket, begin to think about the bigger picture. Your decision to eliminate animal clothing in your daily life makes an impact ethically. Even though everyone has different perceptions toward animals and using products made from animals, the act of limiting or removing animal clothing from your life completely is a move in a positive direction from an ethical standpoint. The fewer such animals products you purchase, the more companies will limit the production of such items. One person can start a chain reaction and create a movement that can end the selling of products made from animals.Read more at:long formal dresses | bridesmaid dresses

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