Chris Uggen's Blog: li'l orphan esperanza

Saturday, February 16, 2008

li'l orphan esperanza

i had one of those awful bad-dad moments last night. i was stuck in the office at 8:15 when i realized that esperanza's middle-school production of annie had begun at 7. nooooooo!

she was understanding, of course, but i felt awful. today's shows were all sold out, so i feared i'd completely missed her big play. fortunately, i managed to hustle a ticket to today's matinee. as is often the case, i am indebted to the restorative and healing work of ticket scalpers. bless you, my friends.

my own favorite musical is guys and dolls -- where i'd surely cast esperanza as sister sarah -- but annie was fun and full of surprises. they managed to find a ginormous-voiced middle-schooler to do warbucks, a mean ol' miss harrigan, an actual ham-it-up stage dog, a fine cast of orphans and maids, and well-chosen actors for every role. in particular, the kid who played f.d.r. simply nailed the voice and mannerisms. dude must've been breaking down film for weeks.

as of 8:53 pm, the cast party rages on. i've attended a few parties in my day, but nothing like these. after watching esperanza's theater buddies the past few years, i'm now convinced that no gathering could compete with the energy and collective effervescence of a middle-school cast party on closing night.


At 6:34 AM, Blogger Jay Livingston said...

That Annie? For middle schoolers?

At 12:59 PM, Blogger S.S.STONE said...

Oh yes you must have felt awful! Glad you were able to get for the song, passionate and brings tears to my eyes.

At 9:25 PM, Blogger christopher uggen said...

don't worry jay, the production was age-appropriate. the culture is just chock full of annies these days.

i'm glad you liked the rivers cuomo/john denver song, sarah. at esperanza's age, i played this one in secret. i loved the song, but was too musically insecure to admit it.

here's the tab and lyrics:

At 9:09 PM, Blogger Jay Livingston said...

For a while I was working on a version for government social scientists that began, "You fill out my census. . . "


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