Monday, February 2, 2009

Leaving River City

Iowa, I don't know how to leave you
Don't know how to tell you goodbye

-- Alli Rogers, "Iowa"

I am so sad that The Music Man is over. I cried after the last show - I wasn't the only one who did.

I guess I should tell you all how it went. Pretty darn great. I had so much fun in all the shows I was in, as both an ensemble member and my Mrs. Paroo lead. I got to watch the Friday night show and it looked really great.

Favorite moments, onstage and off:

Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn and her off-key singing and Wa Tan Ye dance. She had this great Indian headdress, and she cracked everyone up.

The Sadder But Wiser Girl choreography - I really hate the lyrics, but the choreography was some of the funniest in the show.

Forgetting the money I was supposed to give to Harold in one scene. ACK! :) He kind of breezed through the part where he said "That'll be 17 dollars earnest money," so I don't think anyone noticed, but... *facepalm*

Sitting on the bleachers during 76 Trombones with Marian. In the last show, I was up there with one of the Marians, whispering comments about everything in my Irish accent. When Harold said in the Trouble Reprise, "Remember my friends what a handful of trumpet players did to the famous, fabled walls of Jericho!/Oh, billiard parlor walls come a-tumbling down" I hissed excitedly, "Marian, he reads the Bible!" "Marian" thought that was so amusing that she signed my program "Mama, he reads the Bible!"

Winthrop grinning up at me during "76," showing me his reaction to the idea of a kids' band. Awwwww. It just melted my heart - and it almost succeeded in melting Marian's, but she didn't want Winthrop around the Professor (yes, all of this was going on up there on the bleachers :P )

The Marians making up a parody of My White Knight called My Sweet Pie. It was positively brilliant, and I wish I remembered more of the lyrics! It was something like, "My sweet pie/Not a brownie or a creme brulee/Just something delicious/That I can eat when I'm feeling gray."

Crying after the last show. Oh, dear. So embarrassing, but so funny at the same time.

Praying with a group before two of the night shows.

I'm going to miss everyone so much. :(

I'm afraid I don't have any pictures - though the photographer took some amazing ones, they all cost $6!

On the plus side, the cast party is soon, and auditions for Twelfth Night are this weekend. As if I need to get right into another show asap. ;)

Oh, there's nothing halfway
About the Iowa way to treat you
When we treat you
Which we may not do at all

-- The Music Man, Iowa Stubborn


Owan said...

Hurrah! Congratulations! It sounds amazing! Did you end up meeting nerdwriter?

I want to addition for Twelth Night with her... :P

Rose said...

It sounds like you had a great time! I am glad!

The Other Katie said...

sounds like it was fantastic! are you going to audition for Twelfth Night? I was a water-fairy in that a long, LONG time ago. But it is such a goofy fun play. :)

Delaney said...

Yes, I'm definitely auditioning for 12th Night! I love that play, and I'm hoping for the lead. I know I could do it, but there's another girl a few years older than me who got the young female roles in both plays my town did last year, so...