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?


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!