Monday, March 19, 2012

Don't Let Anyone ever Tell You....

that a high school musical production in a small town school can't be terrific. I know, since I attended one near Pinehurst, NC Saturday night. My younger grandson - he of the wonderful musical talent and trombone player extraordinaire - was in their production of "The Music Man."  


I took one still photo and quite a few videos, but I still haven't figure out how to get my camera's videos in a format that Blogger will accept. You'll just have to believe me - the cast was really good; no one flubbed their lines (that we could tell) and the singing was at the very least, acceptable. 

I was surprised by the number of costume changes. It hadn't occurred to me before, but I did not expect that in a school production. Someone (or several) was/were kept quite busy making long dresses and decorating hats.  Biiiiiiiig hats...with plumes and bows and netting....lol....like you might see at the KY Derby or Churchill Downs.  When I was in our junior class play, back in the dark ages, I had two costumes - but then I played 2 parts (tiny ones). The sets were quite nice; made by adults instead of the art students who painted them when I was in school. And oddly enough, when they were between scenes, you didn't hear a lot of footsteps or furniture moving behind the curtains. That impressed me. Of course, I can't hear all that well - so maybe there was noise and I didn't hear it. 

Several students really stood out, and I can believe they might end up in show biz someday.  We had to wait until the very end of the show to see our grandson's part - he was one of the trombone players in the finale. They didn't have 76 of them, but it sure sounded like it, and they led the parade down the aisles and onto the stage and back again.

I do wish I had taken a photo to show you since he got his braces off. He was always handsome, but now he could be making commercials (as could his siblings and cousins!) He  has grown since I saw him, not long ago- now he is 6'1" and not 16 yet (although that comes soon.) The voice I last heard him speak with has changed too and now it is deep and mellifluous. I am not toooooo proud, am I? 

13 comments:

sage said...

Sounds delightful. Our high school did "Anything Goes" a few weeks ago, it was also very good. And in Pinehurst, my birthplace!

LL Cool Joe said...

Ha ha, I don't think it's possible to be too proud but you know what they say "Pride comes before a fall" so be careful!

Grannymar said...

The opportunity to tread the boards while at school is wonderful and the youngsters grow so much from the first timid gathering to the final night. You have every right to be proud. Enjoy all that talent.

Nancy said...

I took special note, Judy, when you mentioned that you thought some of the students would end up in show biz someday.

It reminded me of going to the theatre in New York and seeing a performance of "Thoroughly Modern Millie" starring Sutton Foster.

At the final curtain call, Miss Foster made the announcement that her high school acting director was in the audience and asked him to stand up. When he stood the audience gave him a round of applause that I know thrilled him.

So, you are quite right. Some of the talented people we see on stage or screen today were once their high school standouts.

Your Grandson sounds like he might be one of them.

Pat said...

Go Grandma!

Lynn said...

That play sounds wonderful and I'll bet it was fun for your grandson to be in it. :)

Arkansas Patti said...

Aww, that sounds like a great time. Do you think he has quit growing?? They sure grow them big these days.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Your Grandson sounds like he has inherited the good looks of his parents AND his Grandparents...!
So happy to hear they did so well...! "The Mudic Man" is such fun!

Kay Dennison said...

Excellent stuff!!!!!!!!!!!

You have every right to be proud!

Anonymous said...

Although our elementary school's principle had an actor as a son (Craig Stevens, if anyone remembers!), I never again heard of any of the performers from our high school. Perhaps they used stage names and I just did not get it!
Two high school performances that I really enjoyed many years later were, "Hello Dolly" with a cast of a rainbow of colors, and "Once Upon a Mattress".
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Beverly said...

Kids are amazing these days. I haven't been to any school productions lately, but in our local players group, there are often members of the cast who are in high school. They are amazing!

Star said...

I love high chool productions, the kids are so full of life.

joared said...

I recall the local high school jazz band's concert we attended years ago as being very good as did my husband who had played professionally.

We grandparents are bound to be proud of our young 'uns -- I am, too, and wish I lived closer to my granddtr who's a dancer.