Friday, November 14, 2008
As I cast my mind back...
I saw BYU's production of 'Dancing at Lughnasa' last night. For those not in the know it's a play that we performed in 1996 during our junior year at Provo High (and I think Jed might still have video of). Had a few thoughts as I watched and afterword.
1. What a gutsy play to put on in a high school. And at the time we were, as far as I can tell, the first production done in Utah. Pioneer Theater performed the play in '98 with BYU following in '99 (or there abouts) Mrs. Payne had some guts putting it on, with themes in the play that, I wouldn't consider inappropriate, are certainly challenging. I can genuinely not remember a lovelier or sadder production that I've ever been involved with.
2. Having these rose colored-honey drenched memories of our production made seeing the play last night wonderfully nostalgic, and sometimes a bit irksome. When the actor who played Micheal (whom Jed played) came out and spoke in an accent for his monologues to the audience it was TERRIBLY jarring at first. Ultimately Chris (the actor playing Micheal) did a fine job, even though I sort of hated the choice.
3. In our junior year 'end of the year skit' that the RSC boys performed for the drama banquet in '96 (which Jed might also have the video of) we had Mat narrating a la Jed, and crying every time he came to the end of one of his speeches, with Jed becoming enraged and insisting that he only cried once in his performance. The skit also featured Rob playing Arian and dancing... I don't know what kind of dance. I just remember clapping between his legs as he high kicked, and wiggling his hand on his forehead while Mat remarked how 'beautiful' it was. Sometimes I'm amazed at how funny we were back then.
So as I cast my mind back...to the winter of 1996, these are the images that come back to me...(starting to tear up) and these memories are...are...(sobbing) I can't...I can't write this anymore.
Posted by Tone at 2:22 PM