As a metaphor for New Zealand's election campaign, Thursday morning was nearly perfect.
Enjoying a mammoth lead in the polls, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern headed to Auckland's Civic Theatre as a guest at a local production of Mary Poppins.
The musical will open on Friday night, with producers claiming the 2400-seat theatre is the biggest anywhere in the world to launch post-COVID.
Ms Ardern sat back and enjoyed two numbers before a meeting a besotted cast.
They asked for signatures and thanked her for her leadership during the pandemic and in the aftermath of the Christchurch Mosques shooting.
Ms Ardern laughed about her school acting experience - she played Elizabeth in The Crucible - and posed for photos.
Beyond the frivolity, the 40-year-old had a political point to make.
The show - first planned for March and delayed three times by COVID-19 - was possible only thanks to Auckland's recovery from a fresh outbreak.
"The fact it will be happening over the next few nights is indicative I think of the plan that we've had," she said.
"It has delivered the ability for a performance here when many other countries are just not even close to that.
"For me this is reinforcement of our COVID response and why keeping that continuity that response is so important."
An hour later and a short walk along Queen Street, Opposition Leader Judith Collins was at a local construction business.
The National party leader spoke of plans to speed up projects and reform planning laws to the nodding heads of the suited employees.
But there was no razzle dazzle, no star power and no energy.
Ms Collins gave a press conference outside and drizzle began to fall almost immediately she stepped into the open. She nonetheless put on a bright face.
"It's great to be a positive person," she said.
On Thursday night, TVNZ will broadcast the final poll of the election campaign, as well as the final debate.
National has been behind in public polls for months but Ms Collins is disputing their validity.
"I don't think any polls are accurate at the moment, particularly when we know there are so many undecideds," she said.
"The polls have been wrong in Australia, in the UK and the US. They could be wrong here too.
"It's very important to understand I never give up. I'm not like that and I'm not one of those people who does."