Friday, June 11, 2010

The Hills are Alive

Oh, I created a great memory with my kids tonight! We went to see some of our favorite people in an amazing production of The Sound of Music. Now understand that this particular musical is very special to me on several levels. The big one I suppose is that it represents my mother in law in many ways. She grew up in Austria during the war, while her father was fighting in the German army involuntarily. She came to the States as a young adult and help support her family. Years later she would make it a family tradition to watch The Sound of Music every Christmas while the family assembled the same Austrian cookies she had known as a child. I came along and dated her son. Watching that movie with their family and making cookies is one of my first memories with them. That all came after the movie had been part of my own childhood. It was being replayed at a big theater in Ogden when I was really little and my mom and I think my "Great Nanny" took me. First movie memory, well that or Cinderella I'm not sure which came first. My mom also had the record album and I remember listening to it over and over. My kids were really impressed tonight that I knew all the words to the songs. So tonight, when some of our favorite family friends, the Dopps were involved we had to be there. Excuse the awful tiny pictures but I was obeying the no-flash rule and this was the best my sad little camera could do. We knew Miss Golda and Ruby were talented, in fact I was just planning on their being amazing and they were. Golda was Louisa and I think Ruby was Marta, beautiful talented girls that we are so glad to know. I wasn't expecting such a well done prodution I have to admit. The sets and costumes were really impressive. Especially considering the tickets were pretty darn cheap.
Their dad Scott somehow got roped in to being the Nazi Admiral who tells Captain Von Trapp (who also went to high school with us) he has a new assignment. I have to tell you the audience was full of Dopps and honorary Dopps like us who just could not miss this chance to see Scott on the stage. He looked sharp and did a great job. I am so glad we didn't miss this, after all the years Scott has teased me I am going to get a lot of mileage out of this one. Probably not as much as his brothers will though.
So if you are in my neck of the woods, and you know if you are, I highly recommend The Sound of Music as a Saturday outing tomorrow. Hey, it's rainy and yucky out there. Wouldn't you rather visit Austria?


Circe said...

You are quick! I love the pictures of the stage! I am so glad you and the kids were able to come. You're so supportive of all of our "stuff!" I love the family connection to Austria. Wow! You can never have too many reasons to love The Sound of Music. I would love to hear some of the family stories. You guys are awesome!

Christine said...

HI Michelle! First off happy summer to you and your family:)

What a treat to see a production of a fantastic story. I grew up listening to my mom's record soundtrack to that holds fond memories for so many and I love that you have that connection to it and your husband's family:)

Circe said...

I am so glad you came! I love The Sound of Music, it is my favorite musical I have EVER been in, movie, and has my favorite songs too! When it ended I cried-along with a few of the cast members!
Thanks for coming:)

Teachinfourth said...

I enjoyed a lot of music from that movie/play. If you haven't seen the video of the train station and "Doe, A Deer" you really should. It's awesome!