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It's so weird to go back. I spent four years wanting to get out and now I go back and HS feels comfortable. Has anyone else noticed that? No? Just me? Oh, well, I always a weird duck.

Took Tess and my mom with me last night. I past my Roosevelt the other day and saw a sign for a performance of "An Evening with Rodgers and Hammerstein". Since some of my favorite musicals are theirs I thought it would be fun.

Turns out it was kinda a choir concert. Roosevelt has 5 choirs and they each did 2 pieces and then there were also a few soloists.

Tidbit about Roosevelt-- has a "mini" school in it, Roosevelt School of the Arts, RSA. RSA is for performing and visual arts. Its a magnet school and you have to audition to get in. Tony award winner Audra MacDonald is one of the graduates as well as Christopher Gorham, from "Popular".

I expect a lot from any show I see there. We were the best in the area when I was a student. Even better then a lot of the adult run theatres. The choirs have won tons of awards. Get it? I expect the best.

I did not get the best. The ensembles had whatever they wanted on. They should have been in matching (UGLY!) outfits. Some of them looked like they were ready to go clubbing! And they were so bored looking. They had no power behind their voices. Very dissapointing. PA Singers, a performance group- they have to be able to sing and dance and should ALWAYS have a smile- were so off. I was bored by them. Sweet Harmonies, a new all female group, was the only group that was entertaining. They did a rendition of the Stepsisters Lament from Cinderella that was just charming.

The highlight and truly only memorable performance was by Max Bennett-Parker. I'd guess he's at least a junior. He did a solo of Soliloquiy from Carousel. That boy had charm and sleaze all rolled into one. Started off by preparing-- took off the tacky PA vest and bowtie, mussed his hair, untucked his shirt, and told the audience to get comfy. I've only heard two or three good perforances of this song. And only one of those was live. This one was so good. That boy had power. I wanted to jump up and give him a standing ovation. He's so young and he was.... just amazing! Wish he was older. He was cute, too.

Well, guess that about covers that. I'm sorry I missed their recent production of Oklahoma. It would have been interesting to see if it was the same choreography as we did 7 years ago. They're gonna do "The Three Musketeers" in January. Ought to be interesting.


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