Musical Theater Pantomime

Finding some joy in each day is a gift to be appreciated.

A few years ago, we had to make a driving road trip.  Emily, who was about 24 at the time was with us.  While Nancy was resting in the back seat, Em was up front with me while I was driving.  Now I’ve spent most of my life working in musical theater – stage managing, producing, managing and fundraising.  One of the many, many great things about this is that I have a pretty good knowledge of the songs from all of the musicals.  And Em has seen a ton of musicals, too (my curse to her!), so we tuned the radio to the Broadway channel on Sirius and were singing along.

When the title song from “Oklahoma!” came on, I started the old Rip Taylor bit of pantomiming the words during the song.  Come on, you have probably done it too – “where we watch (point to your wrist) a hawk (clear your throat – like hocking a lugie) making lazy (yawn) circles in the sky (make a circle and point up). ” You get the idea.  Well, this was totally cracking Em up, so of course I kept it up for several songs.  I don’t know what I enjoyed more, having fun doing it or making my 24 year old daughter laugh so much.  I think it was the latter.

After awhile she said we had to stop because her stomach hurt from laughing so much.  And then it popped into my head and I told her “Thank God they didn’t play South Pacific’s I’m Just a Cock-Eyed Optimist!”.  Well, we did have to pull over at that point because we practically fell out of the car laughing!!  You gotta love musical theater.

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