Sunday, May 30, 2010

Oh I Love Musical Theatre!

If you know me or have been reading my blog for awhile, you will know that music and theatre have both played a huge part in my life since I was a little girl. And musical theatre is my absolute passion! I am thrilled to say that Stuart has also embraced musicals in a big way over the last 10 years, and is pretty much as passionate about them now as I am. :D Which means this house tends to be filled with recorded or live, spontaneous music just about constantly! It is not unusual to hear our youngest babe singing songs from Singing in the Rain, Oklahoma, Mary Poppins or Wicked.

We have a beautiful theatre in our town, which is turning 10 this year. And to celebrate, we are having a musical gala concert made up of medleys of songs from each of the six community musicals performed at the theatre thus far. The director is lacking a few key performers who have since moved away or are unavailable.... so I've scored 'Maria' in the Sound of Music segment, and 'Laurie' in the Oklahoma section! This makes me very very happy!!!! I'm also singing in the Les Mis medley because I couldn't possibly not. :)

Today was our first rehearsal, and it was so nice to have our whole family involved. Stuart is back to reprise his role of the Lion in Wizard of Oz, Saraya is once again a munchkin, and Elijah too is a munchkin!! He is one of the Lollipop Guild boys. So cute. Elijah tends to be a bit shy in public (NOT at home!), but today he sang out and surprised us all. William seemed happy to be there. I can't wait until he's old enough to join in too.

It was a looong day, and there will be several more weekends like this, but it will be worth it. July 10th is the performance date, matinee and evening shows - so if you're local or feel like trekking up here, please do!!

So nice to share my passion with my family. I am so grateful for music in my life!! :D

Happy Sunday friends.


Anonymous said...

Wow!! How exciting for you all. Congratulations!! We will be there to see you all perform - we couldn't miss it!! Mum and Ray xx

Vic said...

Sounds like so much fun! Now, just to organise tickets and a babysitter!

Ann at eightacresofeden said...

This is not really a musical house I'm afraid but I do love the old fashioned family musicals and it's amazing how one does tend to remember the words of the songs. As a child my favourite musical film was 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' - I used to play the album all the time - using one of those things called record players!
I wanted to ask you Saminda as a Christian, how you feel about some of the less family orientated musicals and particularly the themes, settings and provocative costumes. At my daughter's dance recital there was one very 'Chicago' style performance put on by older teen girls (not my daughter's class thankfully, I would not have allowed her to participate having seen the expected costume and the moves) this segment made my husband and I very uncomfortable. It was totally inappropriate for a family audience. My daughter told me that one of her friends taking part was relieved to change out of the costume and told my daughter that it made her feel like a ... well you can imagine.
If we lived nearer to you we would love to come and see you and the family perform. We have a theatre here but they tend not to cater for families. It is usually plays and drama with dubious themes and content. Let's hope that the new Mary Poppins ushers in a return to more wholesome theatre!


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