I Join the Theater

19 May

We spent two hours this morning doing something I wasn’t sure I’d ever do again. We auditioned for a local Community Theater production this August here in Worthington, Minnesota.

I didn’t think I’d do this again for several reasons…many of which I wrote about below last summer and you can read about them as I’m reposting the the first post for you today. Another reason I didn’t think I’d do it again is that it’s a LOT of work…and time…to be in a production like this. HOWEVER…it’s worth it. It’s fun, it’s a great time to make new friends and deepen old friendships, and it’s something we can do all together as a family. Even five year-old Boo might be in on the action this year.
to top of our reasons for doing this again, it’s The Music Man…a favorite of our entire family. And so we’re diving in again. Stay tuned!!!

A fine day for an epiphany

Ok, so there are some things in life which sound better than they, in reality, are. Turkish Delight is one of these things. (I was brutally devastated when I first tasted real Turkish Delight, which I found in The Netherlands and bought with exceeding great joy. “WHAT?” I almost exclaimed outloud, trying hard to conceal my near-tears state of mind. “Edmund turned traitor for THIS?”) Lavender Ice Cream (from a cute little shop on Bainbridge Island, WA) is another. (“Ummm…WAY overrated!”) Asking Gretchen O’Donnell to dance and sing in a local theater version of Beauty and the Beast is another. And it’s a big one.

Now, I must admit, it’s possible that the powers that be who allowed me into this production never thought that seeing me dance was a good idea to begin with. I haven’t had the courage to ask them and I probably never will. But to…

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8 Responses to “I Join the Theater”

  1. Just A Smidgen May 20, 2012 at 8:52 am #

    Oh.. I hope you all have a part in the play! I can’t imagine the fun, the costumes, the set!! Is this one of the outdoor productions?? Can’t wait to see your posts for this, Gretchen!! I didn’t know you were an actress… off to read the rest of your post.. xo Smidge

    • Just A Smidgen May 20, 2012 at 8:58 am #

      I’m back.. ok, maybe the singing and dancing is dodgy.. but if they chose you, then you must be a good actor! I bought Turkish Delight when my class was studying the book.. it is icky.. gelatine dusted with icing sugar.. they should have given him my jello jigglers, then the story would have made so much more sense.. (oops, except, he’d have to be much older for that version..) xo Smidge

      • Gretchen O'Donnell May 20, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

        There are kinds of gelatine stuff I like ok…but the Turkish Delight was mint flavored gelly stuff with powedered sugar…so awful!!! Silly Edmund!!!

    • Gretchen O'Donnell May 20, 2012 at 7:58 pm #

      It’s indoors – too many unknowns outdoors in Minnesota! Ourdoor ones are cool, though, I agree. Yes, it will be fun to post about it all – and I am not claiming to be that great at any of it, but it’s all fun and I love getting to know the people and work with new and old friends. I’ll definitely keep you all informed!

  2. hotlyspiced May 20, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

    What a great thing to do as a family. And what a great musical. Yes, it will be a lot of work but it will be so worth it. Looking forward to hearing how the casting goes. Make sure you get plenty of photos to share! xx

  3. Minnesota Prairie Roots May 21, 2012 at 7:53 am #

    Well, you know I couldn’t do this, being a writer with stage fright and all. But I am grateful for families like yours who entertain us. I love community theatre also because I’m not a girl who will necessarily travel to the metro to see a production (unless, of course, the daughter gives me a ticket as a gift).

    • Gretchen O'Donnell May 21, 2012 at 9:09 am #

      Yes, Community Theater is great for sure – it gives the actors a taste of what it’s all about, andl, like you said, it gives the audience a chance to go to something nearby without having the bother of traveling. It’s not going to be perfectly done…but that’s part of the charm, yes?!

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