East Tenne: What’s Playing?
In the ninth arrondissement, located north of the Wirdle River in the heart of the city, a magnificent gift from the Supreme Wirdle to the people of the capital serves as the focal point and as a dazzling example of the grandiose Capital Style architecture which dominates the expansive new capital. The National Theater presides over the district and is the home of the National Symphony, National Orchestra, and the National Ballet. Of course, many more fine arts are located here as well. Designed by Charles Garnier-Nutrisse in the opulent Capital Style, this magnificent structure is the largest dedicated arts facility in the nation.
The façade of the National Theater is adorned with golden statues, commissioned by the Supreme Wirdle and carved by renowned sculptor Augustus Saint Clawdens
Truly an impressive façade
Augustus Saint Clawdens and his contemporary, Daniel Chester Furr, are the two most acclaimed sculptors in Schulmania. You will see many of their works in the new capital.
Augustus Saint Clawdens carved this grouping in marble and had elements gilded to coordinate with the solid gold statuary atop the theater
It’s a bit harder to see this statue when we see it in game; the massive theater dwarfs the impressive statuary
We see nearby the bustling neighborhood of the ninth district, spilling out along Rue Andrew Lloyd Webber and continuing toward Calico Corners Boulevard
An interesting venue is the more intimate Oak Ridge Playhouse, located in this domed corner building at the intersection of Rue Andrew Lloyd Webber and the district’s park. From the roof of the theater you get a fine view.
Opposite the Playhouse, at the other end of the octagonal Rue Andrew Lloyd Webber, sits its mirror image twin: the Grove Theater & Arts Center, where the children’s theater, children’s choir and the children’s dance ensembles perform. And, as you can imagine, ‘children’ means kittens and the young of other citizens.
To recap: Playhouse on the left and Grove on the right. And that’s of course the theater in the middle (in case you forgot).
As we venture through the Theater District, we find a large number of diagonal streets. This is due in part to the district’s being centered around the octagonal Rue Andrew Lloyd Webber. Luckily we have every Parisian diagonal BAT ever released on the STEX and LEX at our disposal to handle such a scenario.
Of course plenty of regular intersections as well. Here we see some fine and eclectic shopping destinations.
Despite this being the nation’s largest city, every effort was made to make it as leafy as possible. Feline citizens love having trees to climb and use as scratching posts as well their effective use in attracting pigeons for dinner.
The Theater District also hosts a large central park for its citizens and its many arts-minded guests. Lively Morris Park was named after one of the feline world’s most successful actors – Morris, the spokescat for Nine Lives cat food. Occupying a prime spot in front of the National Theater, Morris Park is in the perfect (or, purr-fect) location to honor such a standout feline performer.
The grounds of Morris Park are fairly extensive and include walking paths, lawns, fountains, artwork, gathering spots and more.
The fishing pond on the edge of the park is a particular favorite of the felines
A nice and perhaps unusual touch is the wildflower meadow, a natural area surrounding a small pond. It is not sown with grass or mowed. And it is a great place to catch yourself a chipmunk for a snack.
The rectangular park stands in contrast to the varyingly diagonal streets heading off in every direction. That’s quite a few diagonal buildings in that block… and virtually all different.
Say, let’s go climb a tall tree and not come down. Maybe the fire department will come rescue us!