Thursday, June 26, 2008

Would you go to this musical?

I think not. As a fan of musical theater (genetic), I just have to comment on this photo that came from the Decorah Public Opinion on-line. This is a promotional piece for the New Minowa Players (think Waiting for Guffman) for their upcoming production of "Pippin." You know, the kids are cute and everything, but does this particular action shot make you want to run out and buy tickets? You've got two kids sleeping in the back row, one in the front row with a bandana who IS NOT committed to the little jazz hands that all the other kids have reluctantly put on and looks like he might try to sell me some weed and a cute little scene stealer on the right in the black dress, all leaning in and everything with only one little jazz hand going. And the costumes? Like they just crawled out of the third grade and on to the stage. I am outraged! Outraged!

(Fussy theatrical critique brought to you in honor of gay pride being celebrated this weekend in many parts. And by celebrated I mean political candidates setting up booths in the park to pander for votes, booths full of leaping women and fairies on sticks called 'art' and many booths of rainbow bandanas for your dogs and cats. At least that's how it goes here. zzzzz.)

7 comments:

kirelimel said...

I was in a New Minowa Players production of "A Thurber Carnival"-ensemble cast, series of silly sketches. At the time I was 24 and type cast as the vixen or bimbo. I had a fab time but was made to wear very short skirts and talk like an airhead.

michaelg said...

I don't know you well enough to know if this was a stretch of your acting chops, so I won't comment at all. Were Dave and Betty Greedy leading the cast?

janban said...

This makes me think of when you were in show choir in high school and mom was embarrassed, not at your performance, but that your shirt was dingy (sp) compared to everyone else's nice, white ones. That darn well water!!

Mnmom said...

No, I wouldn't go. I sit through many such productions for free with my own kids. Other people's kid are terribly overrated and cloying.

Jan - that's TOO FUNNY!!!!! That would have happened at the Jenkins house too.

I want to come up for Gay Pride weekend. Sounds like fun, but sadly I'll be tied up at the Northfield Soccer tournament. Not much gay pride in that.

michaelg said...

Ah, well water. I had gold shirts while the other kids had white. I remember.

Mnmom said...

Dave and Betty Greedy! Too Funny!!!!

WartsandAll said...

I totally hear you on the quality of this picture for Pippin (which ran after the play, interestingly enough!) As a member of that cast, I can tell you that costumes were not yet ready and people were scrambling for a shot. Obviously that didn't work so well! That said, having moved here from Los Angeles, I am so pleased to have a place where adults and children (like mine in the picture..."cute scene stealer" and the red head in purple next to her!)can go to learn a bit about the theater, music and even a bit about our quirky, freaky selves! So, although the photo is sadly unflattering, the fact that kids (and adults!) is this area get to be in a show that discusses sex (oh!), politics (gasp!) and religion (swoon...) is pure heaven to this parent. So rock on freaky-faced, drugged out, sleepy eyed kids in Decorah. We may not make you all looks like models, but who the hell wants that anyway! : ) Thanks for the blog.