Music is in the air…
So remember earlier in the year, when I wrote about how excited I was to be doing The Sound of Music for the spring musical? Well, here we are in the last few weeks of school, and it’s almost time for the show! I don’t know how it got here so fast, but somehow there are only three more days left until the show opens! That’s quite shocking for me, and I’m sure it is for everyone else in the play as well. This past weekend was what the theater world calls “tech weekend” in other words, we spend two long rehearsals on Saturday and Sunday working on the less-glamorous parts of show business. Scene changes, lighting cues, exits and entrances, and clearing up mistakes that will get in the way of a flawless performance. And believe me, it is hard to do that when it is flawlessly sunny and warm outside. Don’t get me wrong, I love practicing and seeing the show coming along…but it’s hard work, and nothing can beat being outside on a sunny spring day. Luckily, I managed to get in a 42-mile bike ride before rehearsal on Sunday. You may be scratching your head, but don’t worry. That’s just the way I do things.
Besides working hard at rehearsal every day, I have been doing some other things to prepare for the upcoming performances, not the least of which is re-visiting my childhood obsession with this musical. In case you haven’t read my earlier post, I am talking about a phase in my life in which I lived and breathed The Sound of Music. If you don’t believe me, see the photo below. In fact, there are probably very few photos from that period in which I was not acting out The Sound of Music in some way. For me, re-living that part of my childhood is simply a matter of flipping through photo albums and remembering which scene we were most likely acting out. Usually it was with my partner in crime Abbie, as seen in the photo below. Doing this show together, for real, has given us a chance to reminisce about those days, and to evaluate what The Sound of Music really means to our friendship.
One of the most amazing things that comes to mind is just how ecstatic I would have been back then, if I had had the chance to be in this play. I can imagine 2nd grade me, joyfully singing the songs and reciting the lines that I knew by heart from years of practice. Sometimes I still catch that part of myself, acting out the story as if it is second nature, emanating the movie characters that I watched so many times they became part of me. The great part of this show is that we get to work with real kids who, though they may not be at the level of infatuation that I was, are still excited to be on stage with each other, assuming the roles of other kids. It really has been a treat working with them, though they are still learning some concepts such as being dead quiet back stage and speaking in an almost-yelling voice when onstage. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and they are able to cheer me up on days when I am not in the sunniest of moods. I will certainly miss this when it is over.
With that in mind, I hope to see everyone here on Thursday and/or Saturday night to see the finished product of this spring’s work. On the agenda for this week: getting costumes and perfecting numerous costume changes (with 7 kids that should be an appropriate challenge), and running the show as much as possible to get ready for opening night. I hope to see you there!