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Jellicles Come to the Jellicle Ball

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I’m going to try to get in the habit of posting again. Rather than trying to catch up right away I thought I’d start small and just talk about some of the things that are going on with me right now—

A couple of days ago Hans took me to see a high school musical production of Cats in Cooperstown.

I expected the worst. I’m sorry, but just the idea of a high school musical production of Cats seems pretty giggle worthy.

It turned out, however, to be really excellent.

When I was growing up, my sister had the Broadway Cast Album of Cats so I knew all the songs, I’d just never seen the show before and it was surprisingly engaging. The cast had a lot of talent and energy and the choreography and direction was really tight (it was directed by parents of two of the students, who had actually done professional theater work).

It’s actually a pretty moving show. I felt so sorry for Grizabella the Glamour Cat that I actually started tearing up a couple times which was peculiar as I almost never cry during movies or when I’m reading books or anything like that. I think it’s the music that makes the difference; I am actually much more likely to be moved to tears by song than by any sort of narrative. Somehow it conveys more pure emotion for me.

As a result of going to the show, for the past couple of days when I’m by myself- walking, driving to work, or vacuuming empty apartments -I’ll catch myself belting out “Jellicle Cats” or “Skimbleshanks the Railroad Cat.” It’s sort of embarrassing but quite fun.

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lawless523
Nov. 18th, 2010 06:03 pm (UTC)
It's not always the case, but some high school musicals are very well done. I saw a high school version of Les Miz that was better than the Broadway touring production.

I'm glad you're enjoying your outings with Hans, and I look forward to hearing more about what your life is like these days.
bitterfig
Nov. 22nd, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
Thanks so much. I'm going to try and post more often and keep in touch. I've really let things slid lately, I guess I'm a little confused by being in a relationship and other things (more on those later). I got an e-mail from you quite a while ago that I never replied to. I'm really sorry about that. I meant to respond but didn't quite know what to say and the next thing I knew so long had passed that I was embarrassed... Basically I'm very sorry I didn't reply and I thank you for your interest in my life and value your friendship.

lawless523
Nov. 22nd, 2010 02:02 am (UTC)
Don't worry about it. It's never too late to reply.
lookfar
Nov. 18th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
Honora is opening in the high school's Les Mis tonight. She says it's really top-notch; your entry give me hope!

Nice to hear from you.
bitterfig
Nov. 22nd, 2010 01:31 am (UTC)
I've seen Broadway level shows in
Chicago (Wicked, Mary Poppins) but there's no question in my mind that high school productions can be every bit as good. I've seen some amazing shows in the auditoriums of rural Upstate NY over the years.

Good luck to Honora, I hope it goes well. I've never seen Les Mis but I've read it's quite a show.
luzardo
Nov. 18th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
Damn, I have always been jealous how high Americans put education and arts compared to Venezuelans. For me, there were never school plays except nativity and passion plays.

But I understand the odd glances, I rewatched Amadeus recently and I can't stop signing over and over Don Giovanni's bit:

Don Giovanni, a cenar ceto
M'invitasti e son venuto.
bitterfig
Nov. 22nd, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
I dunno, the drama of passion plays would have been just my thing when I was in high school....

I love the movie Amadeus. I first watched it way back when it was in the theaters. A few weeks later we adopted a stray cat that showed up at our house and I named him Amadeus in honor of the movie. Mozart is one of the few classical composers I can really get into.
luzardo
Nov. 22nd, 2010 09:37 am (UTC)
Except the only ones allowed to do the passion plays where those in sixth grade for the rest of Elementary school kids. I always hated myself a bit for not raising my hand when they asked
out who would be interested.

I go to a small college, and a friend of mine goes to a big university in Caracas. And she's always telling me about their film club and weekly campus plays. I really, really wish to have something like that. At the moment I am struggling to found a college film club, but I suspect the staff is stalling me.

For some reason the fact you're into Mozart doesn't surprise me. :)
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