Saturday, March 15, 2008

Stereotypically yours ...

The school musical is over.

Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition.

I swear I get the award for mother of the year for sitting through three performance of middle-school boys trying to sing in a vocal register that's either too low or too high. (Note to director: Try transposing the music up a little. It would have been kinder to the boys and to the audiences, who had to put up with words sung in a too-low growl, octave jumps in the middle of a line or squeaky highs.)

The show was double-cast. Which made it a little more interesting to sit through nights one and two, since I saw different leads those two nights.

And I also saw different errors and an amazing amount of onstage cool and clever ad-libbing when things went wrong.

Prime example: two kids onstage, waiting for the musicians (adults, by the way) to stop tickling the keyboard with interim music and START THEIR SONG ALREADY ...

He is on his knees. She is standing in a dancey pose.

The wrong music continues. Their duet music doesn't start.

She grabs his hand and does a twirl under his arm.

"Smooth," he says. "You should be in show biz."

"Yes," she answers. "And maybe next time we'll get better musicians."

Cue audience hysterics.


This particular musical has at its core the theme that if a woman does something better than a man, he won't like her anymore. A lovely message to pass along to our middle-school girls already struggling with their gawkiness, developing bodies and mean-girl wars.

So I mentioned it to the Roo-girl -- that this was an antiquated message of an era fairly long gone.

"Oh, no," she replied. "You know middle school boys don't like girls to dispute their ... their ... you know, their ... manliness."

I believe she and I had this conversation once before, but I still can't get over the idea of middle-school boys and their ... ahem ... manliness.

It does boggle the mind.


Huckdoll said...

Haha, Janet! Props to you for getting through it. You totally deserve mother of the year, I can't even imagine.

Miss Ann Thrope said...

Oh, boys don't change. 8 to 80, blind, crippled or crazy, you can't question their manliness....

Burgh Baby's Mom said...

Roo-girl has got a point. It doesn't matter how old they are, don't ever question their manliness. If you do, they turn into big sissy girls.

Well done sitting through the torture, er, I mean shows!

Burfica said...

When I was in high school I worked on the light and makeup with the drama dept. I had to watch no less than 8 shows of each dam play. lol

I would have been laughing at all the add lib.

Mr Lady said...

You mean you didn't already have the whole thing memorized? You mean you didn't sit in a stinky, dust gross school auditorium for months going over lines and sets with the kids? You mean mothers don't HAVE to do that?


You really should have told me that before. :)

Joyce said...

Some things just never seem to change.

There are all kinds of peer pressure in middle school (Doesn't it just keep going throughout the rest of life, too?). It's not just boys vs. girls, either.

Some very bright 6th grade boys I know are afraid to do well academically lest they be labeled "nerds". (sigh)

Pamela said...

the more things change.....

Those two with the dance spin should have won an oscar for their ad lib. I would have been standing their wondering what the heck to do.

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