High School Musicals: Remembering the Lyrics

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This week I visited my parents in CT and attended my niece Dasha’s high school musical performance of Cinderella, where she played the Fairy Godmother. Seeing my brother earlier in the day, I asked him if he was excited and he admitted he was a bit nervous. My sister in-law later in the day expressed the same sentiment. Watching them anticipating their daughter’s performance and beaming with pride was nearly as much fun as the performance itself.

Driving home after Dasha’s wonderful performance, mom and dad reminisced about their own musical experiences in high school. They’d each been in Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore, (different schools, different states), and remembered every line that sang. I too remembered making the chorus in my high school’s production of Carousel as a freshman. I sang “Where is Love” from Oliver for my audition and still remember every line from Carousel. By my sophomore year, I joined the backstage crew, helping to operate the lighting.

During elementary school, my parents took us to the local high school productions. I remember seeing Annie Get Your Gun and South Pacific, and thinking the students seemed so grown up. A local friend always took her kids to high school shows — the tickets are much cheaper than Broadway and offer high quality entertainment.

I remember returning home while in college to see my sister Madeline and her best friend Wendy play the strippers in Gypsy. My sister Naomi and I attended and still convulse with laughter thinking of how they looked, acted and sang.

In middle school, our eldest son was the mayor in The Music Man and our second son was in Guys & Dolls. In high school he played his trumpet in the Peter Pan pit orchestra and our daughter spent a couple years helping with hair and makeup until tennis took priority. I also volunteered to help with sewing costumes and enjoyed the “sweatshop” atmosphere where sewing machines lined a hallway and students appeared to try on their altered costumes.

I share my brother’s and sister-in-law’s pride in Dasha and their passion for her  school and its community.

What school musicals were you in? Do you remember the song lyrics?

 

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About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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11 Responses to High School Musicals: Remembering the Lyrics

  1. I loved being in plays and musicals! And it’s also great to watch nieces act, sing or dance in school shows. In high school we put on “The wizard of oz” and “Tom Sawyer.” Also “Shenandoah” and other shows. I remember when my sister was the witch in “The wizard of Oz” and I had a pretty big part in “Tom Sawyer”

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  2. I just love how your family members ‘show up’ for each other – great memories Lisa! ❤
    Diana xo

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    • We try! Better before everyone grew up, married, moved, etc. But we still try. Dasha is the youngest of my parents’ grandchildren. No one else is still in school (3 in college, 2 working, 2 married/working, and my daughter in law school– all scattered all over.)

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  3. Love high school musicals. Congratulations to Dasha!

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  4. Daddy was in HMS Pinafore. I was in “Yoemen of the Guard”, “Mikado” and “Trial by Jury”, but only in the chorus. Still a G@S affacionado. Loved all of the children’s plays

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  5. R.emember when we saw “Mikado” in London and Gay thought I would start singing “Madam Butterfly”

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  6. Well mom, when I took you and dad to Finnian’s Rainbow in New York a few years ago, it was hard for the entire audience not to join in singing!

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  7. Dasha has one up on me. When I was in elementary school I played Neptune in a nameless play and my one line was; “I am Neptune, King of the sea. Even the octopus takes orders from me!” Impressive, huh?

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