Thursday, June 30, 2016

Lower East Side Tenement Museum: Victoria Confino and An American in Paris

We were given free tickets to the Lower East Side Tenement Museum: Victoria Confino for free for review purposes. Any and all opinions expressed here are our own.
Me - We went on the Victoria Confino tour at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Victoria Confino was a real person. However, the person we saw was an actress playing Victoria Confino. The real person's granddaughter or great granddaughter trains the actresses to play her.  Victoria came to America when she was 11 or 12 from Greece. She had a big family with a lot of brothers. Her whole family lived in two small rooms. When one of her brother's went to school his name was hard to pronounce so they changed it to Bob. His original name was nothing like Bob. Another brother's name was something that sounded sort of like Jacob so they changed it to Jack. A third brother refused to let them change his name. He said he had it his whole life so he wasn't going to change it. She also had a brother that was a baby. It wasn't really a tour where you walked around. A lot of the time, we were sitting and Victoria talked to us. She told us about her life and what it was like to immigrate to America and live in a tenement.When I was in second grade, we had Immigration Day in school and pretended to be immigrants coming to America. On the Victoria Confino Tour, all the kids got to put coal in the stove except for one who got to hold the heavy basket full of coal. The stove wasn't really lit though. All the kids got to try different things related to doing the laundry. I got to scrub clothes. It was annoying. I am glad we don't have to wash clothes that way anymore. The tour was fun. I learned a lot. I am definitely glad I didn't live back then because there were a lot things that were really hard to do back then.
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Me- An American in Paris was entertaining. It had great dancing. I usually like shows with a lot of dancing. I didn't have a favorite dance. All of the dances were good. The dancing was the best, but the dancing,the singing, and the acting were all good. I really liked the song I've Got Rhythm. Some of the other songs were good too. The sets were really interesting. I liked that it looked like there were really boats floating in the water and when people fell in the water it looked like it actually made a splash. They also made the buildings look really big even though they weren't. The costumes were nice and colorful. I liked parts of the story. I didn't like the romantic parts. I liked the song and dance parts and the funny parts best. I never saw the movie An American in Paris the movie, but the show made me want to see it.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Funtivity Friday.

Photo credits: Victoria Confino picture by Liz Clayman
                         All An American in Paris photos by Matthew Murphy

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