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.

I Love To Sing

“Sing.  Sing out loud. Sing out strong.  Sing of happy not sad.  Sing of good things not bad.”

This song, which was performed by The Carpenters, is one that celebrates singing.  Clearly you don’t always hear happy songs but I must say those are my favorites.

I love to sing!  How much more clearly than that can I say it?

Here are lines from a few songs that also came to mind:

“I’ve got the music in me.”   “Twinkle, twinkle little star.”  “The hills are alive with the sound of music.” “I’m singing in the rain.” “Rolling in the deep.”  “Just you and I.”  “Tommy used to work on the docks.”

From classical music, to musicals, to country songs, to lullabies, to rock songs, to pop music, to dance music, to music from the 80s, I love it all.  And, I love to sing.

How about you?  Are there are a few songs that you know every word to?  Those you sing in the shower or while driving in your car?

My sister has asked before, why can’t we just break into song when we want to?  Good question.  It would be nice to be able to do just that.

For as long as I can remember, I have been singing.  I sang songs at Vacation Bible School, in junior high choir, high school chorus, high school show choir, and college women’s choir, as well as at Camp Fire day camp.  I also sang in the church choir for a long time and must say I miss it.  I really need to get back to that again.

And, one of my favorite memories from growing up was our family sing-alongs.  When we were in San Diego, we would gather around the piano at my grandparents’ home and sing the family’s favorite camp songs, church songs, show tunes, and we’d always end with Brigadoon.  My aunt could play just about anything on the piano so it was a joy for me and the other family members.

When I got married, I said that I wanted Brigadoon during the pre-wedding music.  And, you know what really made it special, my aunt was there to play it on the piano.  It brings me to happy tears just thinking about it.

Another wonderful memory was getting to sing “Handel’s Messiah” twice in my life — once while in college and the second time with a dear friend at Midnight Mass.  My favorite song from that movement is the Hallelujah Chorus.  I sang soprano but have since switched to second soprano since my voice has changed.  This song is gorgeous with a full orchestra.

I have some other definite favorites, as I am sure that we all do.  And, I like a huge variety of music.  In December 2011, I wrote two blogs about Christmas songs that I really like.  Please check them out.

Now here is a small listing of some of my favorites:

  • Friends Forever — we sang this in chorus or show choir – I can’t remember which one since it’s been a while.
  • God Bless the USA – we sang this in show choir and I have a friend who got to sing this in a duet with Lee Greenwood
  • Edelweiss — from the Sound of Music (my all-time favorite musical) Several years ago, my husband and I got to meet four of the grandchildren of the real Von Trapp family.  The three girls and a boy performed an amazing concert and sang this song.  It was gorgeous.
  • My Favorite Things — also from Sound of Music.
  • How Great Thou Art – a gorgeous hymn
  • Livin’ on a Prayer by Bon Jovi.  A friend of mine and I went to see them in concert in the mid 1980s and they were great.
  • It’s My Life also by Bon Jovi — they’ve still got it.
  • I’m Going Home by Daughtry
  • You’re The One That I Want — from Grease — another favorite musical!
  • On The Edge of Glory by Lady Gaga — I heard her explanation about this song and learned to like it even more
  • I Want to Dance with Somebody by Whitney Houston.  This song is great to sing and dance to.
  • On the Streets With No Name — by U2.  This song always make me happy and this band is still one of my favorites.  They too have still got it!
  • Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees.  This song makes me want to sing and dance as so many of their other songs do.
  • Beat It by Michael Jackson – his albums in the 80s were the best.

Those are just a few titles of my eclectic list of songs that I love to sing along with.  I could spend all day on my favorites since there are so many.  And, I may do a followup list another day when I can think of more song titles.

What are some of your favorites?  Please share them with me and the other readers.

Hope you have a great day.  And Keep Singing!