Sunday, July 27, 2008

My summer of theater


Wicked. New York City in June. We had pretty good seats for what we paid. It was a lot of fun, but I wonder if the actors were having an off night. Something was missing. Still, really really good.

Sound of Music. Tuacahn near St. George. Beautiful venue, the best of plays. I loved it, although the Captain was somewhat disappointing. I wanted to sing, "Goodbye!" at the appropriate times, and regret that I didn't just do it.

Les Miserables. Tuacahn, following night. I knew all the music and enjoyed my first Les Mis experience. Storyline was tedious, though. The previous night's disappointing Captain Von Trapp was a phenomenal Jean Valjean. Did he just not practice for the other show?

High School Musical. Taucahn. St. George Take Two. This was performed by high schoolers, and was fun but for a crotchety usher who kicked my mom out. Choreography was decent, but could have been much better. Am I turning into a theater snob?

Fiddler on the Roof. Utah Shakespearean Festival in Cedar City. I do believe this was my favorite show of the summer. Loved it, loved it, cried at the end.

Othello. Same Shakepearean Festival. My sole venture into a non-musical. This was acted well. I guess that Shakepeare fellow was a pretty good writer. Unfortunately, it was long long long, and, as this was the second long long long production of the day, I happened to fall asleep for Act V, in which Othello kills Desdemona, Iago kills Emilia, Othello sentences Iago to a brutal and miserable death, and the end. Tragic, that Othello tragedy.

The Shoeless Man. St. George condo. Exclusive performance, one night only. Written and directed by and starring my son Elliot. Awesome beyond words.

Next up: The Twelve Dancing Pirates. A neighborhood kids' affair. Sure to be great.

9 comments:

Steve said...

Don't forget all of the gratuitous performances by Aaron, our drama major child, in the car, in the bathroom, going to bed, in the restaurant, etc. "Jealousy, thou green-eyed monster," in deed. And, not particularly theatre, but perhaps performance art after some manner -- what about all of Isaac's peeing his pants performances? How do those rank amoung your favorites.

MarySue said...

Emily, I think you should give us notice of your adventures...tour group sign-ups etc. I'll be onboard with you, Steve, pantspeeing kids etc. Sounds fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Yes, there were many performances. A summer of theater, indeed. Fond memories for years to come. "The Shoeless Man" was downright fabulous!
Yeah, it's true, I got kicked out of "High School Musical" for making too much noise. Or was it the child I was holding? Or was it the crotchety usher's imagination? Or was I the perfect person to pick on as she entered the auditorium and thought she heard a child making noise somewhere in the house. She needs a new gig. AG

Anonymous said...

Yes, there were many performances. A summer of theater, indeed. Fond memories for years to come. "The Shoeless Man" was downright fabulous!
Yeah, it's true, I got kicked out of "High School Musical" for making too much noise. Or was it the child I was holding? Or was it the crotchety usher's imagination? Or was I the perfect person to pick on as she entered the auditorium and thought she heard a child making noise somewhere in the house. She needs a new gig. AG

Neil and Diana said...

I loved The Shoeless Man, and what a deft incorporation of recently-visited Canada into the plotline!

Abby said...

mom, i'm sorry milo got you kicked out. he swears he didn't mean to.

pepper said...

Where is the next showing of "The Shoeless Man"? I would love to be there.
Sounds like you are having a fun filled summer.

Steph said...

I'm so jealous. We tried to work in Tuacahn with our Utah trip, but it just wouldn't work well to take 9 kids, five of them six or younger, to see a show, with only Richard and I to wrangle them in. I saw Joseph and the Amazing T.C.D.C. there several years ago and loved it. What a cool set up they have. I saw Wicked at Gammage and love it too. It is such a fun show, much lighter than Les Mis. I am glad you all got to have such a great time.

Emily, the more I read your blog the more I miss your beautiful face. I remember why I always loved you so much. You have an adorable family. I am glad to be in touch with you again.

Emmie said...

I can't believe you gave away the ending of Othello.