A feature about the composers Rodgers and Hammerstein on the CBS show Sunday Morning had me remembering my performance in the musical Oklahoma when I was in grade twelve. I played the female lead Laurey. Check me out center stage in an old newspaper clipping from the local paper The Carillon . When I look at it I think ……………
- Tickets to the musical were only $1.00. My how times have changed since 1971.
- Highschool musicals in Steinbach were big deals. The newspaper reports that weekend performances were sold out!
- How lucky I was to have an amazing mother who sewed that dress for me. I kept it long after the musical was over I loved it so much.
- How lucky I was to have hard working teachers willing to go the extra mile to stage musicals with their students. I believe Mr. Elbert Toews our Glee Club conductor directed this one.
- How I can still remember the words to some of the songs from that musical like O What A Beautiful Morning.
- How forward thinking some of the lyrics to those songs were. In this photo I am singing Many a New Day and when I bring the lyrics to mind I think they were pretty liberating for a woman to be singing in 1942 when the musical was written.
Why should a woman who is healthy and strong
Blubber like a baby if her man goes away
A weeping and a wailing how he’s done her wrong?
That’s one thing you’ll never hear me sayNever gonna think that the man I lose
Is the only man among men
I’ll snap my fingers to show I don’t care
I’ll buy me a brand new dress to wear
I’ll scrub my neck and I’ll brush my hair
And start all over again.
- My leading man in the musical who played the role of Curly was a guy named Eddie Unger. I wonder where he is now?