THE MERRY WIDOW
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McLean High School
two leads -- Richard Bowers & Lynn Rasmussen -- and right, the
crowd at Maxim's.
girls at Maxim's, and the Ball at the Pontevedrian Embassy.
(left) Merry Widow - those girls at Maxim's. (Closeup from
earlier shot; click to enlarge.)
(right) A different dance shot. I see the chairs in
are empty, so maybe they let the phtographer come in and make a
nuisance of himself at a rehearsal.
Girls' curtain call.
So many beautiful
ladies, so little
ever was I doing during high school?
Hi, Ellen! Hi,
Zahn! But for so many other
names, I'm clueless. Please e-mail
if you have even a guess. Thank you, Eddie, Gary
Ellison, Hunter, Jay Hoofnagle '61 for writing.
thespian revivalists in the Class of '59 going to invite Mr.
O'Rourke up to tell us how to build a stage set in 6 weeks flat?
(Walter O'Rourke, 722 Kawana Rd, Columbia, SC 29205).
larger photo -- may
take a moment to load . . .
Five years earlier, McLean High School was cow pasture -- the
others. How did it happen? Who built the
sets? How did the furniture get scrounged? And the
costumes! Where did we get the energy? In
stands the inspiration for it all, Beverly Skrinak (dark dress), then a
recently-minted B.A. from Catholic University.
Franz Lehar's (1870-1948) classic operetta from 1905 predates the many
innovations that Americans brought to the musical comedy on Broadway
later in the century. The plot
complex but the issues raised are never serious, the action stops for
the singing instead of integrating the two. It is a tradition
musical farce running back two centuries at least, to the birth of
Today finds a website
performances (find the "diary" link somewhere on the left) in
celebration of the 2005 Centenary of the
Remind yourself of the music (in English) here,
before buying one of the tons of CDs on amazon.com.
--end Merry Widow
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