I’ve got a song stuck in my head. Let’s see if I can get it stuck in yours, too:
Summer fling, don’t mean a thing, but uh-oh those summer nights
Uh well-a well-a well-a huh
Tell me more, tell me more
Our high school’s musical this year is Grease. For reasons that are still not quite clear to me, the high school music teachers are NOT directing this year, and so they’ve had to find some community members to direct. There was a note in the paper about the new directors and the fact that they were still looking for a pianist to accompany rehearsals, and possibly play for the performances. Something about that really tripped my trigger, and so: guess who is the new accompanist???
I really miss musical theater. The church we attended while I was growing up had it’s own theater troupe — my Dad was actually Stage Manager for quite a few productions, and Mom sewed lots of costumes. I think the first costume she ever sewed was a suit for the man that was Harold Hill in a production of The Music Man. If I remember correctly, it’s the only suit she’s ever actually sewn.
I’ve been in The Music Man twice — once in that same production (they didn’t have enough boys for the boys band, so some of us girls got to be in it, too….). When we were living in the Quad Cities (before the boys were born) I was in a production — I got to be one of the Pick-a-little Ladies. We had the wackiest costumes and hats. I’m pretty sure that we stole the show. By the time of the performances we had our shtick down quite well.
My high school only did a musical the year I was a senior — I got to be Lady Larkin in Once Upon a Mattress. I’m trying to remember the other musicals that I remember watching/being part of the backstage crew/or being on-stage for a bit part: Sound of Music, Brigadoon, 1776, Guys and Dolls, South Pacific, Oklahoma. I’m drawing a blank: it seems like there ought to be more, but I can’t remember what they were. Oh, I think there was a production of A Christmas Carol in there somewhere, not a musical, but still….I had a speaking part in that one.
Oh, here’s a funny theater story: the musicals were always in the fall, but sometimes in the spring there would be a Dinner Theater production — in the Fellowship Hall of the church. One year the show was Life with Father — I got to play the love interest of the teenage son. I needed to wear a hair piece in order to have hair that looked appropriate: and the hair piece they wanted me to use was for a redhead. So, I wandered off to the beauty salon and got my hair colored to match, and every night before the show, my mom and I would go to the salon to have the hairdresser style my hair with that hairpiece. (The things we do for our art, right?) Geesh mom, did you have to pay for all of that? I don’t remember.
At some point during this process, my “boyfriend” had made a remark about how he didn’t think he liked the red hair. As soon as the show was over, I headed back to the hairdresser to have her use all sort of nasty chemicals to get rid of the red hair.
Can you see where this is going? As soon as I showed up with my natural blonde hair again he said “Oh, well I kind of got used to the red hair and think you should have kept it.”
Last time I do anything to my hair (or anything else) just to impress a BOY.
So have you still got the refrain from Summer Nights stuck in your head? I think it goes along with the festive party atmosphere here at my blog. Did you comment on my previous post for your chance at a yet-to-be-determined gift?
Uh well-a well-a well-a huh
Tell me more, tell me more
well a well a when I’m up singing this at 3 am I’m calling you and singing I like to move it move it 😀 Have fun with the musical!!!
Sharon Dixon says
Suzanne, I didn’t know you were a theater person! My daughter loves to act. I always hoped she would be in a musical, but she only did one called Fire on the Mountain, I think. She acted and was in choir in high school and started studying drama in college until it became apparent she was also studying partying big time. She ended up doing quite a bit of acting in a local theater and was quite good. She even did one local commercial.
And yes, the song is stuck in my head now, too. My four- year-old grandson Ian has inherited his mom’s love for the theater and movies along with his dad’s musical interests and he’s always telling me what song is stuck in his head.
He loves Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and a lot of those songs get stuck in his head…..and then he’ll sing a part to me so it will get stuck in mine, too!
Oh you naughty naughty girl!
Wow…..my son The Rock Star has been in a bunch of plays. I’ve only been in one skit. You certainly rock!
rama lama lama kading a de ding de bob shoo bop she wada wada yip de boom de boom, chang chang chang a dee chang shoo bob yip de yip de do wop de doobie do, boogie boogie boogie shoobie do wop do bop, shanna na na na na yipity yip de yip —
a womp bop a loo bop a wop bam boom
Or at least a phoentic version — um, did I mention I was in the chorus of this one in HS? Have a great time with the musical!
i LOVE MUSICAL THEATRE TOO:) lAST ONE WAS mAN OF lA mANCHA, AND ALL TIME FAV IS FIDDLER ON THE ROOF!
I seriously need a handle on caPS LOCK DONT i? lolol
You are a busy woman! We did Once Upon a Mattress when I was in high school too! I was Princess Winnifred. What a fun role!
Nancy Hughson says
I’ve had “a kiss is not a contract” in my head for a week….I would welcome Summer nights!