May 24, 2009

Off, Off, WAY Off Broadway

Chunky's school spring concert was um, there's just no nice way of saying it, torture. Each year the 8th graders put on a play - Christmas and spring - while the other grades (K-7) interrupt the festivities to sing a song or two. The spring play was "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and it seemed to be George M. Cohan visting a modern day town??? If you're wondering who George M. Cohan is, I've included an excerpt from Wikipedia - Known as "the man who owned Broadway" in the decade before WWI, he is considered the father of American musical comedy. Chunky's 3rd grade class (along with the 4th graders) sang the title song while waving little American flags. Typically the beginning strings portion is brutal, but this year it was by far the best part of the evening. It'll be a miracle if there are any Broadway actors in this year's graduating class. There were significant audio difficulties as well - not sure if that made it better or worse. What can I say, it's tradition. It bears mentioning how handsome Chunky looked - he insisted on wearing a suit, complete with clip-on tie! Of course there are no accompanying photos (bad mother).

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