Listen to the Mockingbird and our First Full Run-Through!

Cast Outing (caption by Kylie Mantei)
Cast Outing (caption by Kylie Mantei)

After rehearsal on Saturday, we attended the Vaudevillians Hit Broadway 9th annual benefit concert.  Ten members of the cast entered the dominantly above-60 -years-of- age filled theatre. We didn't really know what to expect as the era of Vaudeville was before our time, but we were in for a pleasant surprise! The show was full of tap dancing, singing, wonderful costumes, great energy, humor and was altogether truly inspiring! The oldest person in the troupe was 92 years old! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?! The whole cast thoroughly enjoyed the performance. We laughed at Patty (or his twin brother Seamus...) the Leprechaun, rooted on Allen as he aspired to be a Broadway star, cheered on the dancers and were in awe of Dan, who shone in every number he was in! There were a lot of great numbers but the song that got stuck in my head afterwards (which inspired the title of this post) was 'Listen to the Mockingbird,' made all the more memorable because of the person whistling behind me in imitation of a mockingbird! The best part of the whole thing was hearing people from the cast say 'That's going to be us in 30 years!' or 'Let's do that when we're older!' I think seeing them perform made us realize that there is no age limit on performing. The Vaudevillians are very similiar to our group in the sense that our endeavors raise money for worthy causes, and that we LOVE performing.  Once again, we would like to thank the Vaudevillians for sponsoring our production and thank them for an entertaining evening! We're looking forward to the next show! 

A scene from the singing Vaudevillians!
A scene from the singing Vaudevillians!

Today we had our first run-through! The first-run through is always a little bit scary because you're hoping it goes well, but the other part of you is half expecting it to be messy and disheartening.  I must say, our first run through went surprisingly very well! Despite the fact that we're still using a bench as a sofa and a rock as a fireplace, most of the scene changes went quite smoothly and the action on stage is really coming to life! It was also very nice that many of the characters were wearing their costumes because they look wonderful! With two rehearsals and a show to attend, this was a packed weekend! Next weekend is just as busy as some of members of our cast will be performing at the Gala of Hope for The Centre for Child Development! 

 

Have a wonderful week! The weather forecast is promising lots of rain...don't forget to sing in it! 

Jackey Lip and Fani Vandt as Laurie and Older Amy.
Jackey Lip and Fani Vandt as Laurie and Older Amy.
Fani Vandt enjoys being a girl!
Fani Vandt enjoys being a girl!