Anne of Green Gables- the Musical - Livin' the Good Life
Sep. 22nd, 2012
10:18 pm - Anne of Green Gables- the Musical
Tonight I took a chance and went to see our local community theater's version of Anne of Green Gables. I was cautious and skeptical because I've read the book so many times that I almost have it memorized, and I was afraid that the all-important dialogue would be altered too much... and that I would notice. I also could not imagine songs being sung throughout that wouldn't detract from the feel of the story. But, I was heartily surprised. Much of the original dialogue was sung and they got it right. They really did. They stayed true to the story, and when things were occasionally altered a bit, the story and dialogue were actually improved! The girl who played Anne really GOT her. She got the enthusiasm and drama of Anne's character to the point that when she cried, I cried. When she was thrilled, I was thrilled. Pretty remarkable for an 11 year old with limited acting experience. I'm so thankful that I saw the play on a whim instead of letting it pass like I do with so many of our local productions.
As I was walking out, being one of the last patrons to leave, I lingered a bit. This was their final performance, and I watched them striking the set a little wistfully. And it began to dawn on me that I MISS our theater days. I miss hanging around theater people. They are such an energetic and colorful bunch. I loved how the theater made my children stretch themselves in all ways. I loved being involved from the sidelines. (I was in one play, a nun in Sound of Music, and I remember regretting it. The whole time I was on stage, I remember thinking, "This is hard work" and "I would much rather be in the audience.") I spent a good 20+ years shuttling kids to the theater rehearsals and performances. We practically lived at the theater. I miss the after-performance-late-night dinners at local restaurants. The managers always expected us and cheerfully made room for our large, boisterous group. I miss the parties after the final performance and that feeling of family that develops in casts. Watching our kids try their hardest to do their best and not let other people down... to be an asset to the play... was really gratifying. It was a truly FUN chapter of my life, and I miss it.