Will’s school had the first and second grade musical program last night, a production called A Book is a Magic Carpet. Sorry for the poor quality of the photo, but it’s the best our zoomless and aging digital camera could do. I’m hoping for some better pictures with the film camera.
As this link to a google search suggests, this is a commonly performed production, sort of the grade school equivalent of Guys and Dolls or The Sound of Music. It’s more or less a medley of songs about various children’s books– a number about Dr. Seuss, “Hi-ho, hi-ho, off to work we go,” a couple of numbers about how good it is to read, etc.
Some of the parts included White Rabbit (along with Alice, of course), Snow White (with the dwarfs and the hi-ho number), Fox in Sox, Frogs, and Toads. Will actually had a major speaking part, “narrator #1.” There were a total of four narrators, and these kids pretty much said everything. Some of Will’s lines included:
- “Books are magic carpets that can take us anywhere we want to go. Come on. Hop on board!”
- “Yes, he did, sir! He wrote many! Maybe even ten or twenty! He wrote Horton Hears a Who… of Zooks and Yooks and green eggs, too! Now it’s time to go sir, now, sir” (this was during the Dr. Suess number).
- “I love mud puddles. And they remind me of my favorite book– called Mud. Hey, look! There’s the little girl from Mud now!” (this was a tough ling because Will kept saying “I don’t really like that book.”)
- And a lot of “hey, look there!” and “I don’t know; what do you think?”
Anyway, he did a fantastic job and it was of course the best production I’ve seen, well, ever. Of course, I might be a bit biased.