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Fond of the Footlights

Posted at 5:30 AM on February 8, 2010 by Radio Heartlander (63 Comments)
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From the Desk of the Heartlanders
Guest Blogger - Beth-Ann

I love musicals. I acknowledge that they are often racist, sexist, and improbable. Still, I willing suspend my inner cynic and believe that orphans will be adopted by gazillionaires; it is perfectly reasonable to dance in public or up walls; and that we will all find happiness after two hours and an intermission.

I have been entranced by professional productions of musicals. Seeing "A Chorus Line" on Broadway, "Phantom" in London, and Rock Hudson and Carol Burnett not in "The Odd Couple but in "I Do, I Do" is something I will still be talking about in the home.

It seems to me that the best venues for the musical are the community theatre and especially the high school. I love seeing my city councilman sing "The Wells Fargo Wagon is Comin'." My son was entranced when we ordered our Kung Pao Chicken from the high school soprano who played Maria in "Sound of Music" one year and "West Side Story" the next.

I think the transformations that happen to a cast are even more amazing as they rehearse, build sets, and perform together. Watching the ipod generation bond during the run of a show is amazing. It is especially magic to see the freshman cast as the 3rd Arab on the left take as much pride in and responsibility for a production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" as does the senior playing Joseph.

Because I can't sing, dance, or paint a straight line I've never been in a musical. I did formulate the mud to spread on the costumes for a college production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and I am a good house manager. I am also an excellent audience member and know that every high school musical should end with a standing ovation.

Many adults who never sing in public did so in their high school musicals. Dale admitted in an e-mail that he was ... "A sailor in South Pacific, General Bullmose in Lil' Abner, and King Arthur in Camelot! I remember being in the musicals more clearly than anything I did in any of my high school classes!"

How about you? Ever been onstage or behind the scenes in a musical?

Comments (63)

What a nice stroll down memory lane, Beth-Ann... great blog topic! I first got bit by the musical bug when my mother (a teacher in a neighboring district) took my sister and me to see Finian's Rainbow. It's still one of my favorites! I was a theatre geek all the way through high school and college. I liked backstage a little more than onstage - did quite a bit of assistant directing. Although I did enjoy my onstage role of the Stage Manager in Our Town!

Posted by sherrilee | February 8, 2010 6:02 AM

behind the scenes for me! line prompter, piano player, but nothing that involves projecting my voice (such as is is). we had band and choir concerts in HS, but no one was ever brave enough to produce a musical even though we had some kids with really beautiful voices that i can still remember.
thanks, Beth-Ann, for a great topic and for sharing your passion. should be a fun day of discussion!

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | February 8, 2010 6:08 AM

Good Morning All,

No, I haven't been involved in any musicals. My parents did have a number of long playing recordings of music from musicals which were part of my early "education" in music.

The closest I have come to being on stage was when I was in charge of some agricultural meetings. The main speaker told me I should tell some jokes to get the meetings going and I did. I was suprised that I actually got some laughs.

Do you know what a boom-a-rang is that doesn't come back? A stick!

Posted by Jim | February 8, 2010 6:09 AM

My schools never did anything as ambitious as a musical. The closest thing we had to it was a Christmas pageant with shepherds in bathrobes, a gold foil star and wise three men whose beards didn't move at the same time as their chins.

I had a pleasant voice and an uncanny sense of pitch. "Uncanny" in the sense that whether the note was high, low or in between, my singing was somewhere else. "Off key" doesn't begin to describe it.

Each year, the music director would lead us in a few carols as we began training for that year's pageant. Each year after I'd destroyed the first two or three carols, the music director would frown and then announce with exaggerated enthusiasm, "What a lovely voice you have, Steve! I know just what to do. You can be our narrator!"

Posted by Steve in Saint Paul | February 8, 2010 6:32 AM

I didn't have talent or confidence enough to venture onstage myself, but I remember seeing my sister's boyfriend play Tommy Allbright in Brigadoon when I was a teen. I had a little crush on the guy who played Jeff. He had all the good lines.

Posted by Linda in St. Paul (West Side) | February 8, 2010 6:33 AM

Good Monday Morning. I've worked backstage, directed and acted in community theater for many years, but never a musical. No voice, thank you very much. Our community theater group has done plays with music in them, but not strictly a "musical"

It is great fun to see friends and neighbors singing and acting on stage. As a director in community theater one of my great pleasures is seeing adults on stage "playing" and enjoying themselves.

And one of my favorite memories is seeing Barbara Streisand in "Funny Girl" It was the first Broadway play I saw on my first visit to NYC.

Posted by cynthia in mahtowa | February 8, 2010 6:36 AM

It's a stormy Monday! Goodmorning, all, and great blog entry Beth-Ann.

You could always find me in the pit orchestra during the production of a musical in high school... playing flute and piccolo.

Posted by elinor | February 8, 2010 6:40 AM

Greetings! I found my true voice and confidence when I was onstage. In high school, I was Snoopy in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown." Brought down the house during Snoopy's big number "Suppertime." I had a few other choice roles like Caiphus in "The Passion Play" (all parts were open to boys and girls) in high school -- although NOT a musical.

There's nothing like the "roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowd" to fuel the acting bug, but I was just a ham, not an artist. So my theatre degree remains unappreciated, but fondly remembered.

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake | February 8, 2010 6:42 AM

Very nice Beth-Ann! You've inspired me to check out our upcoming community and HS musicals. Believe it or not, I have never been in one - not that I couldn't have - I have a great voice, ask anyone, but my school didn't put any on. Wait, that's not true. The juniors and seniors did Brigadoon, but alas I was a sophomore. Or a freshman. It was one or the other, trust me.
One time I saw Sandra Bernhard on Letterman and she described the final musical number in a Broadway production as "the hoedown." That still makes me laugh. Right now, in fact.

So Barb plays piano too? Is there anything her phalanges cannot do??

Jim - what did one snowflake say to the other? "Help. I'm falling!"
I made that up when I was six. My mom laughed.

Posted by Donna | February 8, 2010 6:59 AM

thanks, Donna - but there are plenty things my phalanges can't do anymore.
don't want this to devolve into a bad joke blog, but you started it Jim and Donna.
what do you call lab monkey poop?
Rhesus pieces
i made that up one day while i was writing my thesis (too many monkey studies)

Cynthia in Mahtowa - is there music in Lumber Jill?

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | February 8, 2010 7:34 AM

In high school, I played in the pit orchestra for Lil Abner and Bye Bye Birdey, and was the student director for The Music Man. i had to sew gaudy three piece suits for the two leading men-real ugly, huge plaids as I recall, perfectly matched from lapel to lapel..

Posted by Renee | February 8, 2010 7:35 AM

I had a brief, and not-so-illustrious career playing animals and characters of undetermined gender when I was younger. I turned in my costumes for a paintbrush and saw and never really looked back (unless the perfect opportunity to play one of the old ladies in "Arsenic and Old Lace" presented itself - "crazy old lady" is about where my acting range is these days).

Having built sets for several musicals - many without much money or wing space for storage - I will admit to a certain ambivalence about musicals. Fun to watch, fun to sing in, but man-oh-man are design. (I once built a set for "Pippin" on about $100, a lot of hope, and some donated paint).

Posted by Anna | February 8, 2010 7:36 AM

My schools never did anything as ambitious as a musical. The closest thing we had to it was a Christmas pageant with shepherds in bathrobes, a gold foil star and wise three men whose beards didn't move at the same time as their chins.

I had a pleasant voice and an uncanny sense of pitch. "Uncanny" in the sense that whether the note was high, low or in between, my singing was somewhere else. "Off key" doesn't begin to describe it.

Each year, the music director would lead us in a few carols as we began training for that year's pageant. Each year after I'd destroyed the first two or three carols, the music director would frown and then announce with exaggerated enthusiasm, "What a lovely voice you have, Steve! I know just what to do. You can be our narrator!"

Posted by Steve in Saint Paul | February 8, 2010 7:40 AM

hey beth ann i am with you. the world could end and all communication and internet service tv radio and other forms of involvement for the adhd multitaskers out there could cease as long as there was a muical to see on friday night. i love them all. there have been a couple it took a while to get warmed up to. it takes a while to hear where the music and lyrics are coming from (nixon in china comes to mind) but when you get it and get on the same wavelength (les miz took a couple of songs then i hear where he is going and love it. its kind of like watching a barbara streisand movie, at the begining you notice what a huge nose she has and by the end all you can see is her beautiful face.
my father in law passed away this last year and the last couple years of his life his sole social activity was high school plays. he lived in milwaukee and for years would never think of going in the tough neighborhoods but once he got into the plays he found that everyone loves to sing and act and he would go to every play he could find , often 4 or 5 on a weekend. he wouldn't go to the polished versions at the big name stages, he liked the innocence of the kids and staging with hand hewn sets instead of the professionals.
i was at a post play discussion with the cast of the producers on broadway a couple years ago and someone asked the gene wilder charachter what his biggest challange was and he said it was hard to build enthusiasm when it felt like he was doing ground hog day every performance. i felt very sorry for him. on broadway in a great show and he didn't get it. watch out what you wish for i guess.
i was the grandfather in brigadoon in school and asked to play guitar in fiddler on the roof in another. i was in a rock and roll band at the time so it felt like a burden but it was great to put on the makeup and present the charachter instead of the rock stud i was trying to be the other performances we were doing.
you know you are in a great movie when the story line sucks you in far enough that you forget you are in a movie. caberat is one that works that way on me.

jim. do you know how to make a handkerchief dance? blow a little boggie in it.

Posted by tim | February 8, 2010 7:49 AM

Good morning, folks.
Snow is building up here.
Got a degree in theater, not quite sure why, but never intending to act, most interest in directing. As the town started doing musicals (The mix of adults and HS kids was an excellent experience for the HS kids--just a fine thing for them--except when a 16 had a love scene with 54 year old) I stepped back because I did not really have the time right then. Somehow I became the bull pen guy, as actor and director, but never singing or directing the singing--am a complete idiot about music, except to listen. Ended up directing two plays, nehtier if which I am fond of, but that too proved to be a positive expereince.
I admire the passion of people like Beth-Ann--thanks for taking the reins of this runaway horse today--but give me my druthers and it is not a musical that I would see. Friendship does have obligations, So I have seen Oklahoma at least three times too many. Most fun I ever had as director was when I started doing melodramas in the town band shell. We would raise tons, literally tons of food, for the food shelf. 300 people watching in a park on a four nice Friday evenings on the North Shore is fun.

Posted by Clyde in Mankato | February 8, 2010 8:03 AM

Okay, I now have some more jokes if need to do more ag meetings.

To get back to Beth-Ann's topic, I did recently attend a high school musical which included the daughter of a friend in the lead role as Cinderella. It was nice to see this young woman, that I knew as a young child, do so well on stage.

I don't remember any musicals from my high school days, but I do have a good memory of the one i recently attended. Good topic, Beth-Ann.

Posted by Jim | February 8, 2010 8:11 AM

What a treat to hear from everyone in the Heartland. I am surprised that with such a vibrant group there are not more romantic leads to be found.

It seems that many of us attended schools too small to support a musical. PErhaps when Dale writes "RH the musical"there will be a chance to be cast.

Steve and I will compete for the role of the narrator. When we went caroling at the nursing home, the music director would turn to me after one verse and say,"The residents will surely appreciate visiting with you."

Clyde like you I enjoy harnessing the power of theatre audiences for good. Even tho my son has long since graduated from high school, I continue to volunteer with the high school musical so we can do a community service project. I pick a theme that corresponds to the show-Food Glorious Food for "Oliver," rice for "The King and I", etc.

Tim thank you for sharing the story of your father-in-law. It surly warmed my heart on a cold morning.

Posted by Beth-Ann | February 8, 2010 8:16 AM

WOW! What great memories I have of being in HS Musicals. My acting debut was playing Pappy Yokum in Lil Abner -- it was quite s stretch for me as a 14 yr old girl! I love musicals -- so much so that I was in some community productions as an adult. They are so much fun whether I am in the cast or in the audience!

Happy Snowy Day,
Mary in Minnetonka

Posted by Mary | February 8, 2010 8:21 AM

Our local high school recently put on All Shook Up, which is Twelfth Night set to the music of Elvis. Orsino is played by the Elvis character, and Viola is a garage mechanic. The kids really got into the music.

Posted by Renee | February 8, 2010 8:25 AM

tim, if it's all right I am going to use the story of your father-in-law in a couple of weeks. Doing a sermon in which I am going to talk about how "fixed income people" as they like to call themselves can find missions, "fixed income" being an excuse for lots of things. My mother-in-law, who was very severely crippled by arthritis used to write the support cards of various kinds for her women's group at church. As you watched her you did not know how she could hold a pen and write like that and the pain would show in her face. Most of those who got the cards knew from where they came, thus increasing their impact.

Posted by Clyde in Mankato | February 8, 2010 8:45 AM

I believe there's something about musicals or any theatrical production, that has a place for everybody. The hams like me find our place on stage, the quieter creative types do well in costuming or scenery/prop design, the technical geeks do great at sound and light design and the organizers make wonderful stage managers and directors.

I remember in my small high school, the guys who were kind of outcast potheads did great stuff with scenery, lights and sound. Not that you have to be a pothead to do those things, it was just a great way to get them involved.

Just wish Dale were here so we could request our favorite musical numbers!

Posted by Joanne in Big Lake | February 8, 2010 8:58 AM

I love 'em too, Beth-Ann! We too try to see high school plays whenever we can.

When I was 10, my mom got the lead, Julie Jordan in Carousel, Storm Lake Community Theater, so my sis and I both got to be in the kids' chorus. I think we only got to sing "You'll Never Walk Alone", but went to lots of rehearsals and got to see the backstage goings on. I played piano for some skits in college, but most of my performing is in choruses.

My mom was also a music teacher for many years, and loved to put on productions -- would have a role for EVERY kid (and the parents worked on costumes.) She still, at 84, tries to lead sing-alongs at her Sr. Residence.

Mary - would love to know which productions you've been in during adulthood...

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | February 8, 2010 9:00 AM

..and to keep the joke thing going, Jim:
What do you get when you pour hot water down a rabbit hole?
Hot Cross Bunnies

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | February 8, 2010 9:07 AM

Why don't cannibals eat clowns?

They taste funny!

Posted by Beth-Ann | February 8, 2010 9:11 AM

Well, couldn't pass this topic up.
I have to agree with Anna- musicals are definitely a challenge!
My first role was as the rabbit in my first grade production of 'Alice In Wonderland'. My Mom made my costume with ears and an orange Styrofoam pocket watch. There's a picture somewhere...
Moved onto 4H one act plays and then got into the technical side in HS and community plays.
And now I'm a TD- Technical Director- at a college theater. We do what we can with what we have. From my lighting perspective, musicals are GREAT because they are the most fun. Colors, cueing, ect... from the TD side-- yeah... "challenging"!
A local HS here is doing 'All Shook Up'. Opens the end of February. My son is the head of the sound department.
Met my beautiful wife Kelly in a community production of 'You Can't Take it With You' but I like to say that I did! She was working backstage, I got called in at the last minute to play a 'G-Man'.

Posted by Ben in the booth... | February 8, 2010 9:19 AM

Okay, more good jokes. I guess people who like musicals also like jokes.

Posted by Jim | February 8, 2010 9:19 AM

I think at least in part because I never really quit being 5, one of my favorite jokes is a "Knock Knock" joke:

- Knock knock
- Who's there?
- Impatient cow
- Impatie..
- Moo!

Posted by Anna | February 8, 2010 12:04 PM

Very good Anna. You found a knock-knock joke I have never heard. It's so basic, how did I miss it? I have been in love with your last name since I saw it on Dale's email a couple of weeks ago. May you have your last name, amen!
I cannot remember jokes. Isaac Asimov has a story about that (sounds like "Kilgore Trout has a story about that") In Asimov's story, jokes are planted among earthlings so that an alien race can study our behavior. As soon as a human realizes this, they aliens go away and take all the jokes with them.
Say that could be a musical!! "The Joke's on US." Songs could include ones like the "Bad Jokes, I Love 'em" by Garrison song in the movie. There could be an elephant joke song, a knock-knock song. The love ballads, “I Would Tell You I love You, But I'm Lutheran," How Many People Does It Take To Turn on My Light Bulb—Only You.” The closing number after all of the jokes are gone could be "Welcome to Germany.”

Posted by Clyde in Mankato | February 8, 2010 12:49 PM

And then, how many of you remember the elephant jokes?

How do you fit 6 elephants into a Volkswagon (Bug)?

...3 in the front, 3 in the back!

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | February 8, 2010 12:51 PM

Now that Cly de Producer has found us a musical I think we should find someone to donate paint so Anna can start on the scenery.

Posted by Beth-Ann | February 8, 2010 12:58 PM

Clyde - I'm rather fond of my last name, though I'm not sure I always live up to it. No desire to part with it though (even after the teasing I endured because of it growing up), so I kept it rather than taking on Husband's difficult-to-spell Finnish last name. Besides it comes in so handy when I need it to remind people that, after all, "Ignorance is _____ ." ;)

Posted by Anna | February 8, 2010 1:12 PM

The sets could be interesting, lots of room for play. I don't like the title of my closing song. What is a unfunny place? I said Germany, being 92.5% German, and attending a German church where nobody laughs. What's the right place for the song, everyone? Doesn't have to be a geographical place.
The alien race could of course be goats. The could sing a song called "Baaaaaaaaaaaahhhhd Jokes, We Wrote 'em." The dance interlude could be "The Blackhoof Ballet."

Posted by Clyde in Mankato | February 8, 2010 1:18 PM

So Anna, are we to infer that your last name is Bliss?

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | February 8, 2010 1:18 PM

Hey, Anna, I'm from northeastern MN. I can do Finnish names and even the tripthongs, and the town where I was born is very very Finnish. A Finnish joke for you, sort of doubly obscure. Not a puit-down joke:
Who was the oldest Finn?
Answer: Matt Tuesela
Anna--I try not to live up to my first name.
But I usually do.

Posted by Clyde in Mankato | February 8, 2010 1:24 PM

Yes, Barbara, it is, indeed Bliss.

Clyde - Love the idea of a Blackhoof Ballet interlude.

I'll have to contemplate how to design the set for this (growing) production...hmm...maybe a multi-level unit set since I have no idea about wing space (an there might be goats there anyway). Add some fabric draped from the flies that can be moved to create new spaces - or maybe some pieces of the set could pivot to show different scenes/imagery...think think think...

Posted by Anna | February 8, 2010 1:32 PM

Speaking of my name, on facebook last week you were supposed to look up your name in the urbandictionary and post the entry you like the best or thought was the funniest. I am on facebook to have contact with my ex-students and do not play the games there. But I can guess their defintions of Clyde. Now that was a hard name to grow up with in the 50's and 60's.
But the week before on facebook, for all of you doubters: you were supposed to put up a picture of a famous person you resmbled. When I did not do it, several people sent me pix of Santa Claus. SO THERE!! But, I then posted a picture of Jack Elam. They decided either would work.

Posted by Cly de Claude | February 8, 2010 1:42 PM

Even later than usual getting into this discussion.

I've been in the pit for a bunch of musicals - Guys and Dolls (the best show ever) and Damn Yankees in high school, for starters - but never on stage (other than a walk-on keep-my-mouth-shut-at-all-costs role in a Minnesota Opera production).

It's interesting how your opinion of a show changes over the course of a run. At the beginning of a run I though "Evita" was a great show, but by three performances in I recognized it for the shallow piece of trash it is. The true mark of a great show is that by the second week you still look forward to playing it.

In his senior year in high school my son stopped following me in my pit orchestra career and got up on stage, landing a mid-level role in Damn Yankees. He'd never sung before, but watching him standing on stage belting out "You Gotta Have Heart" was one of the proudest moments of my life.

Wish I'd have had his courage as a teen.

Posted by Don in West St. Paul | February 8, 2010 1:52 PM

Anna - we loved the Mooooo joke - very bovine and so typical of cows.
Clyde - we don't do bah. sheep bah. (our favorite saying is "i lead and you follow like the sheep you are!") (it is said by "Hedda" on barb's computer card games)
we think the setting should be boreal/tall grass prairie with some empty electrical wire spools.
and what is this "fabric draped from the flies??" we want NO flies in this musical. they are dimwitted and tedious.
and if this thing has nothing to do with goats (especially me) eating, then fuhgeddabowdit!

Posted by Alba in Blackhoof | February 8, 2010 2:06 PM

Alba - if I have budget to make the stage set prairie-like and edible in any way I shall do so. But keep in mind that most sets are only poor recreations of what they are meant to portray - so that grass you see may be painted styrofoam and not tasty at all.

Posted by Anna | February 8, 2010 2:13 PM

Don - what a wonderful image of you watching your son onstage.

Oh excellent, another production... here we go! Where's tim? Too bad it's too late to call a SNOW DAY!

Maybe we could borrow some tunes from The Producers -- take "Springtime for Hitler in Germany" and change the words, for instance.

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | February 8, 2010 2:21 PM

you are welcome to the story. you hit the nail on the head.
by the way "welcome to germany" sounds like it could be the "springtime for hitler" from the producers. that was the intended humor. if n=someone doesn'ty get it they most likely were not the target audience.
alba, if goats don't baaa what do they do? bleat?
ignorance is familiar
goats in space the musical
i love it.

Posted by tim | February 8, 2010 2:38 PM

scary barbara!!!

Posted by tim | February 8, 2010 2:39 PM

ok barbara go and get the pen and paper and you need to keep track of the people who are taking on the different responsibilities for the new musical

Posted by tim | February 8, 2010 2:41 PM

I am willing to be the house manager. I totally earned my manging chops on the opening night of "The Sound of Music." A young man knocked off one of the fire sprinklers in the lobby with a piece of scenery just an hour before the curtain. It is amazing how much black water poured out of the ceiling. I filled huge trashcans full before the custodians aware. I did learn why house managers should wear black and that you can seat patrons even when soaked through to your undrwear. ....The show actually started on time.

I trust that this performance will be less dramatic in the lobby but I am ready to do what needs to be done.

Posted by Beth-Ann | February 8, 2010 3:21 PM

I can sew constumes, especially gaudy plaid suits.

Posted by Renee | February 8, 2010 3:22 PM

i'll be the goatherd, and will make sure that no goats were harmed in the making of the musical.
Tim, Alba just objects to sharing anything at all in common with sheep. she looks down her not-convex-nose at them. most folks say goats "bleat" (that's why Donna calls me prof. bleat) but every breed of goat sounds a bit different. Alpines (mine anyway) have a gentle kind of mmmmmmehehehehehehhhhhh with a tremolo. i make their sound with my mouth closed, using the back of my throat to provide the breaks in a staccato kind of fashion. i chose Alpines over Nubians because i don't like the way Nubians sound - like crabby children whining. :-) that's what Alba thinks also.
Dodger wants a very gaudy plaid suit, please, Renee.

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | February 8, 2010 3:56 PM

Barb, no problem. Once you've made a couple of suits for a portly high school tenor and a more portly baritone, sewing suits for goats is easy. How do you think Majority would look in a nice bowler hat? Any head gear for the girls?

Posted by Renee | February 8, 2010 4:05 PM

Fond of the footlights? The irony faerie strikes again!!! Tomorrow morning, I'll be doing my second paying commercial gig!

Posted by That Guy in the Hat | February 8, 2010 4:57 PM

Another idea for the closing number, as a place with no humor or perspective "Welcome to FOX News."

Just went and picked up my new drug--that took away my sense of play and fun for awhile.

Posted by clyde | February 8, 2010 4:57 PM

Wow, Hat Guy, way to go!! You shame the dabbling amateurs in the group.

Posted by clyde | February 8, 2010 4:59 PM

Congrats, TGITH!

OK, here's what we have so far:
Tim - convert Producers lyrics to fit our purposes
anything else, Tim?
Clyde - seems to be writing the screen play
Anna - set design
Beth-Ann - house manager
Renee - costumes, especially gaudy plaid suits
Barb in Blackhoof - transcribing goat lyrics into readable sounds...
Barbara in Robbinsdale - secretary, amybe choreograph dance interlude

I'll bet we could have the goats be the dancers! Barb?

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | February 8, 2010 5:07 PM

... and have I missed anyone??

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | February 8, 2010 5:08 PM

Oh, just looked back to top, and we also need:

Cynthia - director
Sherilee - backstage
Elinor - orchestra
Donna - singer
Joanne, Mary, Linda - cast
Steve - narrator
Jim - stand-up comic
TGITH - radio ads

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | February 8, 2010 5:20 PM

wow. it's coming together!
goats will dance under two situations
1. only when they want to
2. when they are being milked (that's my goats, anyway, right Cynthia??:-)
so if we have a milking scene i'm sure we can get Alba and Dodger to dance like crazy - after March 25 when the kids are all here. but then they'll need a maternity leave right off, so better make it May. Dreamy doesn't do dance.
Majority would love a hat to chew on. Niblet - well, his name says it all.
the Girls will wear their blaze orange RH bandannas but don't take kindly to hats.

Posted by barb in Blackhoof | February 8, 2010 5:33 PM

Wow it's fun to be the guest blogger and see how far folks can go with one prompt.

I'm thinking a live version of the puppet show from "The Sound of Music" with real goats in plaid suits needs to be woven into this musical! What do the rest of you think?

Posted by Beth-Ann | February 8, 2010 6:48 PM

Don't forget me please: I'll light it!

Posted by Ben | February 8, 2010 6:55 PM


Ben - lighting

And of course, we'll re-lyric The Lonely Goatherd!

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | February 8, 2010 7:50 PM

Oh my - what fun you all do have! Just in case I don't actually have the caliber of pipes I hold in my imagination, don't forget I'm a hell of a gyrator.

Posted by Donna | February 8, 2010 8:49 PM

To re-cap:
Tim - convert Producers lyrics to fit our purposes
anything else, Tim? Producer maybe?
Clyde - seems to be writing the screen play, maybe co-direct?
Anna - set design
Beth-Ann - house manager
Renee - costumes, especially gaudy plaid suits
Barb in Blackhoof - transcribing goat lyrics into readable sounds... training goat dancers
Barbara in Robbinsdale - secretary, maybe choreograph dance interlude
Cynthia - director
Sherilee - backstage manager
Elinor - orchestra
Donna - singer
Joanne, Mary, Linda - cast
Steve - narrator
Jim - stand-up comic
TGITH - radio ads
Ben - lighting

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | February 8, 2010 8:50 PM

oops, I also forgot to add:
Don - does "in the pit" mean orchestra?

OK, I'm going to bed now.

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | February 8, 2010 10:25 PM

producer r us and the lyrics too?
clyde will assist
just missed you by 15 minutes. hope tomorrow is as productive as today. i love the puppet show from the sound of music. who can make the puppets?
where the heck was kay in utah today? i thought her new job would get her here to blog around with us.
don we need input. we need this to be the non evita versiuon of pigs in space. keep us on the straight and narrow. it is easy to get distaracted and off the true focus.
ok gang lets put on a show!!!!

Posted by tim | February 8, 2010 10:54 PM

Hey, maybe Dale would help us when he gets back and have a day where we all contribute to new layrics for the songs in question... or next time one of us guest blogs... I think he mentioned another opportunity coming at end of March. I'd selfishly vote for March or later, as I'll be out on the road last two weeks of Feb. and not consistently at a computer.

Posted by Barbara in Robbinsdale | February 9, 2010 2:16 PM

Back in the 60's my high school in Illinois had a deal with Rogers & Hammerstein in New York. Every year they contracted for the rights to one of their musicals and rented all the costumes. We had a 2000-seat auditorium that they would sell out for three straight nights. This was my first introduction to the musical and I can still remember thr thrill of sitting in the darkened audience and becoming completely entranced by what was happening on stage. It was the beginning of a lifelong love of the theatre.

Posted by Nancyew | February 12, 2010 7:37 AM

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