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Fiddler

Last night Dear Husband and I went to see a community performance of Fiddler on the Roof. We had an early dinner and then drove west through the farmland to the town of Sandwich, Illinois.

One of my friends from exercise is a member of the troupe that puts on at least one musical each year. This year she was cast as Gramma Tzeidel, and nearly brought the house down.

Most of our friends went to opening night, or the performance last Sunday. I wanted to be able to go with my husband, and we had commitments last weekend, so we got tickets for the final performance.

The musical was performed in the renovated Sandwich Opera House. They've done a beautiful job with this restoration. As we waited for the curtains to open, I looked at the designs on the ceiling, and the stained glass dome over our heads, and thought that they would make great quilt patterns.

The cast ranged in age from about five to perhaps sixty five. Two women co-directed, and the performance moved along briskly. One of the actors had lost her voice that morning, so they gave her one of those miniature microphones so she could do her lines, and one of the directors sang her role from the pit. As they said in the welcome message, "The Show Must Go On!"

I was astonished that they were unable to find enough performers for the orchestra. The cornet player doubled on critical French horn parts, and they did without any other brass. The only stringed instrument was a bass. It would have been nice to have at least five other musicians, with a violin, viola, and oboe to balance off the flute and clarinet. You realize that I was itching to get my hands on that part of the performance. All sorts of thoughts ran through my head about ways to improve future performances, but this is more time consuming than anything else I presently do. I'll have to think on it.

The actor who played Tevia was perfect for the part. We enjoyed the by-play about having FIVE daughters, and the facial comments on life with Golda.

If you haven't been to a community play or musical lately, go. Support their work. We had a lot of fun last night, and I hope to go again next year.

Comments (12)

Cop Car:

Grandma T is a good role. Your friend must have enjoyed her participation in this production, immensely. OK. I'll be the first one to bite: I thought there were only four daughters. What do you know that I missed (or is it just my memory cells's being in failure mode?)
It's always enjoyable to get to see local people put on a good show. Glad that you got to go--even if it was to the last performance.

Hmmm.....We just saw the movie version last week, but I didn't count the daughters in it. In this performance, there were FIVE....three old enough to marry, one who looked to be about 14 and one who was about 10. Maybe they had a child who needed to be kept busy. The youngest girl did a fine job on stage.

And maybe Cop Car needs to upgrade her memory!

Buffy:

Nahhhhhhh! Cop Car forget??

Well, maybe. It looks like there are credits for the five girls in the 1971 movie version.

*mumbling* *trying to figure out how many daughters I have*
*mumbling* *trying to figure out how many siblings I had/have* *mumbling*
I'm really good with numbers. Can you tell?
Let's see, I need to cut 53 1.5x1.5 tan twigs squares and 95 1.5x1.5 black twigs squares. I'll try to keep this straight!

we always enjoyed a good play! havent been in a long tim! Hope you had a good weeend!

buffy:

PLEASE tell me that you are cutting strips 1.5 inches wide across the width, and then subcutting them into the 1.5 x 1.5 inch squares!

You'll do fine. Stack the pieces by the tens, or put them in an envelope and make a mark for every five or ten. Remember, the less you handle the pieces, the more likely they are to retain their size and shape.

I can't believe you are doing this the week before the wedding. You must be supremely organized.

Joe...the weekend was absolutely lovely! I hope your's was good, too.

No, I'm not supremely organized, not having done the planning for next week, yet. (Thanks for even thinking that I might be, though!) I'm doing nothing but the prep work on the quilt, now--nothing that I can't "undo" with a mouse click!

Yes, to your question about cutting strips, Buffy. Now that I know WHAT to cut, I'll need to plan how to go about it. Some of the piecing can be done in strips before cutting the last cut. I forgot to mention that, didn't I? Sorry for the heart attack. Cutting won't even start until 1) the wedding is over, 2) I get HH's rug hung, 3) I attend the ombudsmen conference, get an assigned facility, and gain certification. Oh, and I need to get that 2nd apron made for my aunt (not a long project--just need to see her, first). You have LOTS of time to catch my errors/lack of experience.

Also, I plan to make one each of the two basic blocks before I get very far--using fabrics in the same color palette, but not the "real" ones so that I don't run myself short (I'll use the tan flowers or vines as the tan twigs and a solid black for the black twigs--and the green Jacobean for the black Jacobean (the orange will predominate anyway), and a red mini-dot that I have that is about the same color as the red dot fabric.

Buffy:

Whew! There are so many wonderful shortcuts to cutting and piecing today, that I'd hate for you to miss out on some of them. I can see that you've done your homework, and I don't need to worry.

Your idea of making two test blocks before you cut all the fabric is excellent! Be sure to measure the finished block to see if your seams were a quarter of an inch. Remember, you can use masking tape to build up a sewing guide if the markings on the sole plate are a little off.

I'd say you have a LOT to do before you get to this project. I hope the family will share pictures of the wedding. I'm looking forward to hearing all about it!

You have set a good example for me in quilting, Buffy, and given me good advice. You've encouraged me to do the research and planning--something that, otherwise, probably would not have been/would not be done. Of course, without you, I wouldn't be getting into quilting, at all. *grin*

buffy:

Cop Car....you approach quilting just as any good engineer would, and I bet you have beautiful quilts as a result. The planning that is the foundation of a quilt is critical, and too many woman skip the preparation that you've done, and then wonder why they didn't enjoy the experience.

I can't wait to see your quilt!

buffy:

Cop Car....you approach quilting just as any good engineer would, and I bet you have beautiful quilts as a result. The planning that is the foundation of a quilt is critical, and too many woman skip the preparation that you've done, and then wonder why they didn't enjoy the experience.

I can't wait to see your quilt!

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