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Way Back When-esday

Cheryl over at Twinfatuation hosts this one. Go on over to see who else is playing – and join in too!

This one comes from 1983. I was in the 3rd grade and had just switched from a private school that closed (the teachers decided to get a divorce) to the public school.

A few things happened to cast me as Annie in the school musical of the same name: one of my private school teachers ended up being the music teacher at my public school, so she knew me; and the person who was originally cast as Annie moved away.

Now…before you get all impressed, let me explain that an elementary school “musical” is really just the music teacher assigning songs from the musical to the different classes and having those classes get up on stage to sing them in the right order. I just got to sing with more than one class (and may have had a solo or two 🙂 )

Annie, 1983

Annie, 1983

Musicals to My Eyes

The Music to My Ears post made me want to document my musical-like ventures as well…so here we go!

My musical experience started when I was pretty young. My mom used to do shows at the local Lyric Theater, so we’d get to go see her. Then, when I reached junior high/high school, the band (lead by my step-mother) used to take field trips into NYC to see musicals and museums. In college, Clarkson was so close to the Canadian boarder, we’d have field trips to Montreal to see theater productions there. When I lived in New Jersey, I had lots of opportunities to skip on over to Broadway. When I moved to the Boston area, I was able to attend shows here. Not as many as I’d like, but I’ve definitely hit a few.

Broadway/Boston/Montreal/etc

  1. Cats. 3 times I think. I saw this on Broadway and in Boston.
  2. Phantom of the Opera. Also 3 times, I think. Broadway (more than once) and in Montreal.
  3. Miss Saigon. Just once. In Montreal.
  4. The Scarlet Pimpernel. On Broadway MANY times, in Boston twice.
  5. Starlight Express. In Germany at the theater made especially for it (SO COOL!) and in Boston. It was better in German when I couldn’t completely understand it.
  6. Blast. In Boston. It was kind of like Stomp, but with brass. WAY cool.
  7. Rent. In Boston. Holy cow, awesome!
  8. Mama Mia. In Boston – with my sisters…one of which is a HUGE ABBA fan.
  9. Beauty and the Beast. On Broadway. Debra (formerly known as Debbie) Gibson was Belle.
  10. Chicago. In Boston. Didn’t love it.
  11. Cirque du Soleil. In Boston. WOW.
  12. Nabucco. (an opera) At the Met. Glad I can say that I went to the Met and saw an opera – but it’s definitely not my type of entertainment.

Community Theater

Shows that seemed huge at the time because I was much younger…
(not quite Broadway, but close enough when you’re in Vermont and there IS no Broadway.)

  • Jesus Christ, Superstar
  • Brigadoon
  • Camelot
  • South Pacific
  • A Little Night Music
  • Cabaret
  • A Chorus Line