Hi there! It’s me, Heidi.
In my first blog, I talked a little about my love for musical theatre – really it’s rather an obsession, a lifestyle. But, I don’t think we discussed how it is I started this long-term affair with the stage. See, when I was little, my dad who is cooler than your dad worked for a candy company and every summer they sponsored a soccer tournament in Pensacola, FL. We would all go and make a mini vacation out of it. It was about a 3-4 hour drive and, when you’re a kid stuck in the back seat of a van with your younger siblings who are in car seats, 3 hours seems like a freaking lifetime.
To make the drive a little bit easier to digest, our first stop on the road was Blockbuster. Remember Blockbuster? VHS? Well, dad was (is… he’s still alive… young… hilarious… still cooler than your dad) pretty brilliant and rigged up our teeny weeny TV/VCR combo on the top of a milk crate so we could watch movies on the road.
But, of course, because mom and dad are performing arts loving weirdos, we didn’t just watch Disney movies or whatever. Nope… our stop at Blockbuster consisted of renting things like OKLAHOMA!, CAROUSEL, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, LIL ABNER… musicals. OLD musicals. And thus started my obsession. How someone can not like a great story that includes song and dance numbers that everyone happens to bust out into simultaneously, over the top hair and costumes, way too many corny lines, and usually a happy ending is beyond me. I just don’t understand those people. To me, there are two types of people… people who love musical theatre, and people who are wrong. Maybe that’s a little harsh, but I regret nothing of what I just said.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! was and still is one of my absolute favorite musicals. It’s the first one that I could recite every line of dialogue, sing every lyric to every song… I even started to pick up on some of the choreography. I just love it. It’s such a fun story, the characters are hilarious (if you know me, it should come as no surprise that my two favorite characters are Aunt Eller and Ado Annie), the music is obviously brilliant (name one Rodgers and Hammerstein show that sucks… you can’t!), the dancing is mesmerizing, and oh those dresses! I always loved the dresses the girls wore, and I wish we could still wear clothes like that! One day maybe I’ll get to be in it, but for now I’ll keep watching it over and over and over and over like I have for the past 20-whatever years.
I’m not going tell you what it’s about if you don’t know. I don’t want to spoil a thing! Blockbuster isn’t around anymore, but I’m sure you can find it on the interwebs somewhere. If you’re not a musical loving person (aka wrong), watch it with an open mind. It’s an old movie. 1955 old. If you can get past the fact that it’s old, enjoy the story, and let Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae sweep you off your feet with their delicious voices, you are going to fall in love with OKLAHOMA!, too.
So, thanks mom and dad for creating the theatre monster that you see before you. Whenever you think I’m a little too obsessed, remember that this is all your fault!
Until next time,