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A few months ago, Gracie and I saw Kinky Boots at the Hershey Theatre. Our Musical Journey started out as a 2-year adventure. Gracie wanted to study musicals during her last two years in high school and there was nothing available curriculum-wise, so we decided to create our own. We made it through two years, she graduated from our homeschool, and the journey should be over. But, we’ve grown so accustomed to musicals during these past two years that none of us wanted it to end (I say “none” because often my oldest daughter – and sometimes even my son – have gotten involved in our passion for musicals.
So, here we are, starting on Year 3 of our journey (and I’m way behind in posting!) I don’t know if this journey will ever truly come to an end. I also don’t know when we’ll ever get all our information into the form of something useful to others. But, for now, we’re having fun and that’s all that matters!
About Kinky Boots
Heidi Says …
Other than Gracie sharing a few things about this musical, I went into it blind. I knew that there were a bunch of drag queens in it and that it had something to do with a shoe factory – that’s about it.
It was easy to get drawn right into this one. Charlie inherits his father’s shoe factory which is in danger of being closed down. When he meets Lola, a drag queen, and realizes that the two could be mutually beneficial to one another, an unlikely friendship is formed, some amazing shoes are created, and the shoe factory ends up being saved.
This show was amazingly entertaining – full of energy, great singing, and dancing. It was impossible not to laugh and, yes, even dance a little in your seat!
I was a teenager in the 80’s so I was quite familiar with Cyndi Lauper’s music. I think that’s why I enjoyed the songs from the musical so much – they definitely had a Cyndi Lauper fun feel to them!
The Hershey Theatre
We saw Kinky Boots at our “hometown” theatre. I love that they feature the Broadway Series musicals! We’ve seen several of them there now and always enjoy them. The theater itself is beautiful and we always feel so special when we’re able to visit for a show.
You can learn more about the theater, purchase tickets to upcoming shows, and check out their latest happenings on their website. They’ve got some fun events and great shows – including more Broadway shows – coming up that you’ll want to check out. You can also follow them on social media:
The Musical Journey
KINKY BOOTS is based on a true story about Steve Pateman and the attempt made to save his
family owned shoe factory (W.J. Brooks Ltd. in Earls Barton in Northamptonshire, England).
Previous to the musical, in 2005, this story became a feature film under the same name. Steve
Pateman joined the family firm in 1979. In 1993, Steve took over as managing director of the
business. To help boost deflating factory sales, Steve designed and manufactured a line of “kinky
boots,” that was sold under the name Divine Footwear.
One of the things that Gracie always does when studying a musical is to compare and contrast the events portrayed in the musical with the events as they happened in real life. With Kinky Boots, you can even add the third element of the movie as well, if desired. Maybe create a Venn Diagram to share the similarities and differences.
Another great assignment here would be to research a business model. Select a business that you want to research and brainstorm ideas to change things up to keep up with the times, demand, etc. What would you do if you were running a business that was floundering? What changes could you make to keep said business afloat? Do you think Charlie made the right decision(s)?
There is a lot in this musical about acceptance, etc. “Don’t judge a man ’til you’ve walked a mile in his shoes.” What are your thoughts on this? Can you be friends with people who seem polar opposite of you? What benefit might come about as a result of said friendship?
More About the 2 Year Musical Journey
- Our Musical Journey Begins
- Seize the Day (Newsies)
- From Oklahoma to the South Pacific
- How Sweet the Sound
- Good Morning, Baltimore!
- Murder is a Nightmare
- Sometimes You Have to Be a Little Naughty
- It’s Possible
- Rock of Ages
- Poison in My Pocket
- The Hills are Alive!
- When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground