Monday, January 26, 2009

Random Monday Memories


A scene from one of "my favorite things" ~ the movie "Sound of Music"!


I love the song "Edelweiss" ~ don't you?



I was thinking about movies I like to watch and this one came to mind immediately! I remember the first time I went to see it ~ it was the year it came out ~ 1965. I was in the Girl Scouts then and going to see the movie was one of our field trips. What a great movie to see on the big screen!


I don't remember the theater we went to ~ maybe my mom does~ but I remember we sat in the balcony. It certainly added to the grandeur of it all!

The opening scene with Maria and the mountains is nothing short of spectacular! I can remember it like it was yesterday. Those mountains just seemed to fill the theater.



Fast forward to 1972 ~ I was in high school and I was in the Drama Club. We did a performance of The Sound of Music that year. I wasn't into the acting part of it at all ~ I was the director of set dressing.....crafting even then. We needed a "mountain" for one of the scenes but we didn't need it for any of the others ~ so it was important that this mountain be easily moved. The carpenters created this LARGE triangular shaped mountain on wheels.


It moved VERY easily as I discovered during one of the set changes in one of the last rehearsals ~ I was on the mountain and it moved and so did I! I fell off the mountain and got a nice bump on my head! I guess I took "Climb Every Mountain" a bit too literally!

This scene required a gazebo ~ that was a bit beyond our budget, so we settled for hedges.


Unfortunately they didn't look like these hedges.




Picture some wood frames covered in chicken wire and a BUNCH of newspaper balls stuffed into the chicken wire ~ then the whole thing spray painted green. They really weren't that bad looking ~ now that I think about them!


Working on The Sound of Music was such fun ~ I can picture most of the "actors & actresses" so clearly. Hardly seems like it's been almost 37 years since then!!!


Do you have any happy high school memories to share?

2 comments:

our shabby cottage said...

"The Sound of Music" is one of my al time favourite movies too! I even visited a few of the places featured in the movie when in Austria, - the church where they were married, the house, the summer house, the graveyard etc... It was wonderful, and so is the movie.

Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

That is such a sweet memory! I had never even heard of the movie until I was in my 20's. I had an Italian friend who visted Austria and when she returned she brought me a small Adelweiss plant (hidden in her shoe to avoid customs ~ yikes) and then she introduced to me to the movie! I've loved it ever since.

Do you know that "Maria's" grandchildren still live in Vermont and have a ski villa there? Her great grandchildren actually have a singing group that sing many of those old songs. What a legacy!

Blessings,
Lea