Last weekend I was invited to attend a matinee performance of “Sweeney Todd,” performed by the Cygnet Theatre. No, Johnny Depp was not featured in this version, but the amazing cast was mind-blowingly wonderful, making up for the fact that my favorite actor was not starring.
For those not familiar with the story of Sweeney Todd, the musical features a vengeful barber, a cunning shop-owner, and the “best meat pies in London”. I’m not going to give it away, but those meat pies aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
The scenery used during the play completely whisked you away to the cold streets of London, and I could barely remember that I was actually sitting in a “barn” in Old Town. Did I mention the Old Town Theatre looks exactly like a barn? It was almost reminiscent of going to a summer stock show.
After the show, my husband and I toured around Old Town listening to the live street music and looking and the fantastic old buildings. The streets were bustling with people, and it felt like I was literally transported back to the olden days of San Diego.
I’d give Sweeney Todd two thumbs way up, and I promise you’ll enjoy it unless you don’t like music or theater, or don’t have a sense of humor. Sweeney Todd plays through May 9th, so if you haven’t already gone make sure to get your tickets soon! And my best tip for you: If someone offers you a meat pie while you’re there, regardless of how wonderful it might smell, please pass. It’s for your own good.
Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale – a tale of a fun-filled trip. In other parts of the country, they call it the “Duck Tour.” San Diego happens to have Navy SEALs as well as harbor seals, so it makes sense that Historic Tours of America (Old Town Trolley Tours) ties in the SEAL theme to this tour, which shows us the sights in and around the San Diego Bay aboard their mini-fleet of “hydra-terras.” (Do I need to explain that term? No? Everybody’s with me? Good.)
My group took a 90-minute voyage aboard the amphibious vessel as Captain Jim and first mate Bill showed us the bay – from Seaport Village to Harbor Island, where we went from “terra” to “hydra” as the vehicle plunged straight into the water – always a crowd pleaser.
First mate Bill shared with us the finer points of life on the bay and pointed out signs of the Naval activity that goes on right under our noses every day. Hidden in plain sight are the Navy’s dolphin training facilities, submarine repair and maintenance docks, and target vessels. Then there was the rare treat of watching a Navy submarine return to port. (It’s a Navy-heavy tour once you’re in the bay, but hey, we’re a Navy-heavy town.)
In the interest of full disclosure, I must reveal that the “seals” in the bay are not seals at all, but sea lions! The SEAL Tour got us close enough to see their little sea lion ears and sea lion flippers. We’ve been had! I won’t hold it against the SEAL Tour, though. If it’s actual seals you want, you can find them on the stretch of beach in La Jolla known as the Children’s Pool. This leads to the next logical question: Now what did they do with the children?
SEAL Tours board at Seaport Village daily. More information can be found here.