Tarzan Rocks! CM's 4-23, 5-8 and 5-20-05 (update Memorial Day Weekend)
We went to AK a couple weeks ago. For all of the flak it takes, Tarzan Rocks is our favorite show. MJ LOVES the movie and her "adoption song" is "You'll Be In My Heart" so I of course, spend every show in tears.... First of all we were seated in Disabled seating right up front, we got to sit next to an awesome off duty castmember who was great to MJ, right off the bat several of the performer's recognized her and waved to her from the stage (and the waterworks begin) So we get throught the show and the magic begins....
To understand this magical moment, you need to know that MJ has been scared to death of the characters since we got our passes....
Turk comes out on stage, MJ claps (characters on stage or from a distance are ok) doe her thing and then jumps off of the stage RIGHT in front of MJ's Wheelchair! I just sort of shake my head internally and think, this is going to be bad....untill I turn to MJ and she is reaching her arms out to Turk who promptly envelops her in a hug and kisses her forehead! The waterworks really come in ernest now....which does not go unoticed by the lead singer who then jumps off the stange to give me a hug. It was just AWESOME. I am now crying writing about it, sigh..... Next weekend I am going to take a hand written letter to the stage manager and performers so that they can know how special they are and what an amazing part of our lives this show plays.
A magical Meet and Greet (followup to MJ's Tarzan Rock's experience)
So in a thread a few weeks ago (titled "talk about magical moments!") I told you all about MJ's first character interaction. It was with Terk during Tarzan Rocks.
Fast forward two weeks, we come to AK again and once again during Tarzan Rocks the CM's onstage recognize us and I cry through the whole thing. I asked to speak with the Stage Manager so I can tell him how special that moment was and what the show means to our family. I want him to tell the cast about MJ's story and who the crazy lady crying in the front row is so that they know how important and meaningful what they do each day is. He asks us when we will be there next, we tell him the 20th for Andrew's bday weekend. He gives us his name and tells us that he is going to arrange for MJ to meet Terk, Tarzan and Jane privately after the show...This started a whole new batch of tears, I didn't expect that, I just wanted the cast to know how much what they do means to us.....
Fast forward to Friday the 20th....we get to AK, go to guest services for Andrew's bday pin, tell them about the M&G, they call to confirm it and tell us that that Lucy (the stage manager that day) will meet us after the show.
We thought we were just going to get a quick hi, how do you do with the main stars, but it was much more....
They took us backstage, the whole cast was there (dancers, monkeys, singers) it was amazing! Terk gave MJ a stuffed Terk, I got to tell the whole cast her story and why the show means soooo much to us. It took me a while to get it out through all of the tears. We took pics which we will get developed soon. We got a big one of all of the cast and us. We are going to get it blown up and try to get it autographed and also get smaller copies made with MJ's story and send one to everyone in the picture and to Disney Headquarters.
So when we met the cast on the 20th, a couple notable people were missing. When we first saw TR! the lead singer was Billy and the backups were Emily and Pilita. So we went to see TR! on Sat on Memorial day weekend and 'our' singers were there (lol) Once again from the stage Terk played with MJ, the dancers and singers came down to play with us and blew kisses at MJ, it was amazing as well and was about to get more amazing, because as we left the theatre (we waited until everyone else left, our wheelchairs are hard to manuver to say the least!) one of the dancers signaled us, we turned around and there was Billy's head poking out of the CM entrance and wiggling his finger for us to come here....so we go back stage and got to see Billy, Pilita, Ryan (one of my favorite dancers), BJ (one of the rollerskating monkeys) and Tarzan and Jane again! We told them about how we are trying to save the show, found out that only 5 ppl are going to Tokyo and that they have been extended to Jan 2006. We got to tell then the story about why the show is soooo important to our family and we promised them that we would come to see the show at least once a weekend until it closed or was saved. We also promised to be at their final performance if it did close.
The Cast of TR! is just amazing and we love them so much, they bring such joy to us and MJ in particular that I can't even begin to thank them.