4/1/2020: I thought I would start April with the greatest show to ever hit the Broadway stage: CATS! ... Just kidding. And here's the movie version if you want to compare the two. Did you like my joke? Anyway, the reason Cats is a disjointed, strange musical is because it is based on a poem describing a bunch of different cats and their personalities. No wonder
Okay, so really though, I figured I'd do a Bwednesday I'd never done before: The Music Man!
"The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys' band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naïve Midwestern townsfolk, promising to train the members of the new band. Harold is no musician, however, and plans to skip town without giving any music lessons. Prim librarian and piano teacher Marian sees through him, but when Harold helps her younger brother overcome his lisp and social awkwardness, Marian begins to fall in love. Harold risks being caught to win her."
The original Broadway production (in 1958!) won 6 Tony awards including Best Musical and was adapted into a movie in 1962.
This version of the popular fairytale is based on the original french story and not the Disney version. The prince is a more flushed out character with his own storyline, and the songs are distinct from the Disney animated film. In the above sequence, Cinderella meets her fairy godmother AND dances with the prince at the ball.
3/18/2020: My Fair Lady
From Wikipedia: My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phonetician, so that she may pass as a lady" as part of a bet. This song is her success in finally adapting her rough, Cockney accent into something more pleasing and ladylike.
A More Thorough Update (3/31)
Hey everyone, I am in the process of updating each class website with specific assignments. Each class will be able to access me at least once a week via Zoom to check in and ask any pertinent questions. Most of our remaining learning will be done online, and you should check back to your website tab to see your weekly assignments. Fortunately for most classes, there is not a lot of actual material left, only projects. I have broken the major projects down into smaller bits to be more manageable. Many of you will be starting on your finals because the end of year is rapidly approaching and I want you to be prepared. I will continue posting Bwednesdays on this page (below), so check back April 1st.
HEY LOOK I ACTUALLY UPDATED (3/23)
I hope everyone is managing in quarantine (and I miss you ALL like crazy). I do not yet know what online classes will look like as we (MCPS) are still working out the details. I will keep you updated as best I can with what I know, but in the meantime, please remember to stay as sane as you can with what resources you have.I'll continue to post Bwednesdays here as long as we're out.
And remember, you are healthy, well, and full of energy...