Flashback Friday – Theater Fun

Mairzy and Patti as Nuns Sound of MusicHi and Happy Friday!  For today’s Flashback Friday, I chose a picture from the early 1980s.  Mom and I are dressed as nuns for “The Sound of Music,” which was performed at our community theater.  We were in the chorus of singing nuns and my sister played Marta.  It was such a fun show.  In this picture, I love the expression of our eyes, our smiles, dimples, and the praying hands.  We did have a great time.

Throughout my childhood, I was in plays and musicals and loved every minute of them.  Our community theater produced great shows with amateur actors, singers, and dancers.  There also was a Junior Playhouse for kids.  We spent quite a few summers there.

Some of the shows that we did were “J.B.” about the story of the book of Job in the Bible, “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “Barnum,” “The Sound of Music,” “Hello Dolly,” and others that I don’t remember.

Then in high school, I was in the drama club and had a blast with that as well.  The shows that I was in for that were “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Our Town,” “Around the World In 80 Days,” “Pillow Talk,” and “Bye, Bye Birdie.”  In college, I performed in three musicals — “Camelot,” “Carousel,” and “South Pacific.”

It has been a long time since I have been on the stage.  I miss the fun and camaraderie that the cast has.  And, since I love to sing, it was fun to have that chance.  Long days and many hours were spent in the community theater and my high school theater.

We went with Ian’s Cub Scout Den this Monday on a tour of the square where the community theater was and still is.  It was fun to see that building again and it brought back a lot of great memories. During the summers of junior playhouse, we would walk down to the local pharmacy for snacks and ice cream.  That pharmacy is no longer there.  That building was converted into a restaurant.  The food is good but I miss the pharmacy.

I also love to see musicals and plays.  Two years ago, we took Ian to see Peter Pan and he loved it.  It was an abbreviated production during the school day, but just right for him.  I hope we will see more shows soon.

We have a few friends who are professional actors and I love to see them in their particular genres.  We also have friends who are actively involved in the theaters in their community.  Theater to me was a fun hobby.

A few quotes about the theater:

  • “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts, His acts being seven ages…” William Shakespeare
  • “Movies will make you famous; Television will make you rich; But Theatre will make you good.” — Terrance Mann
  • “Act well your part; there all the honour lies.” — Alexander Pope
  • “Life is a theatre set in which there are but few practicable entrances.” — Victor Hugo
  • “An actor must never be afraid to make a fool of himself.” — Harvey Cocks
  • “The stage is a magic circle where only the most real things happen, a neutral territory outside the jurisdiction of Fate where stars may be crossed with impunity. A truer and more real place does not exist in all the universe.”– P.S. Baber

I wonder when the next time will be that I am in a play or a musical?  I am not sure but hope to be in a show again one day.

Thursday Tunes: The Tony Awards

musical theaterOn Sunday evening was the Tony Awards on CBS.

The show was hosted by Neal Patrick Harris.  He again did a great job.  I think he is funny and can also sing.

I enjoyed seeing the musical numbers from several of the shows — like Cinderella, Annie, and Motown (or something like that) among a few others.

My brother and his family had just seen Cinderella on Broadway a few days before the awards show aired.  They got to meet the cast members, so it was really cool for them to see the cast again.

I am glad that Cyndi Lauper won a Tony.  She was genuinely appreciative and surprised that she won.  I have always like her quirkiness and musical talent.  My favorite song she recorded is “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.”

One of the highlights of the night was a song performed by Megan Hilty and two other actors whose names I can’t remember.  They performed the spoof with Harris about being on television shows that have been cancelled.  All four of these actors have been on TV and on Broadway, so it was funny and very well performed.

Hilty’s show, Smash, was one of my favorites and I was very sad that it was cancelled.  It was a lot of fun to see what it takes to put a Broadway show together.  I really liked all of the cast and loved the music.   I just wish the networks would give shows longer to find their audience — especially when they keep moving the show from one night to another.

I don’t know about you, but I love musical theater and plays.  There is nothing like the thrill of being in the audience of live theater.  And, I have been in my share of shows on an amateur level and have LOVED them.

So, I enjoyed celebrating all of the people who perform 8 shows a week on Broadway.

In years past, I have been happy to see this awards show gain more popularity.  It is great to have these fine singers, actors, dancers and all those behind the scenes being more well-known outside of New York City.

I wonder if I will see another Broadway show!  I sure hope so.  I loved the one that I saw in 1986 — CATS.

Thursday Tunes – Musical Theater

musical.notesHi and Happy Thursday!

I have decided that I am going to write on Thursdays about Tunes or Music in a variety of subjects and genres.  Since music is so important to me, I thought it would be fun to do regular blogs on the subject.

This week I wanted to write about musical theater, which I absolutely love!

I don’t know about you but I love theater — and especially musical theater!  I was in musicals in both high school and college and loved each and every one.

I was in a great variety of fabulous shows.  They included:  The Sound of Music, Hello Dolly, Bye Bye Birdie, Fiddler On the Roof, Camelot, Carousel, and South Pacific.

I was in the chorus in all of them but South Pacific where I played Liat.  For that part, I wore a long black wig, body makeup, and did some hula dancing.  It was fun to have a major part without a lot of lines to memorize!

Each one was a great experience where I worked with some amazing people.  And, many had a moral to them or something to learn — about love, prejudice, honor, bravery, and having fun with others.

The music and the production numbers were great.  A lot of time was spent on practicing and making sure that the choreography and the singing were in fact what the director wanted to see and hear.  The hard work paid off with some memorable performances!

In my senior year of high school, I went on a chorus trip to New York City.  We had the chance to see a Broadway Show.  I saw Cats by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The sets were quite something.  Everything was to the scale of a cat.  It was cool to see actors dressed up and acting like cats and also singing.  You truly felt like you were with a gang of cats and each song showed the personality of a new feline friend.

If you have a chance to see a show on Broadway, I advise you to do so!  It is an amazing experience.

Other shows that I have really liked as a play or movies are Barnum, Chicago, The King and I, and A Chorus Line.  All of these musicals have great music and lyrics, great casts, and are such fun.

From A Chorus Line, one of the best songs is “One Singular Sensation.”   Here are a few of the lyrics:

  • One singular sensation, every little step she takes
  • One thrilling combination, every move that she makes
  • One smile and suddenly nobody else will do
  • You know you’ll never be lonely with you-know-who
  • One moment in her presence and you can forget the rest
  • For the girl is second best to none, son
  • Oooh! Sigh! Give her your attention
  • Do I really have to mention she’s the one

I can just see the cast in the chorus line singing that song — in tails and top hats!  LOVE IT!!!

I am curious about other people who have been in musical theater and the shows that others perform.  Please share your faves with me and my readers!

I wonder if I will be in another musical sometime.  I hope so!  The fun part will be in figuring out which one!