Saturday, July 10, 2004

Speaking of Costumes etc...

Some moments really only work when you see them as part of the finished product.

Early on in the show Father, a wealthy WASPy business man, and part-time explorer, sets off with Admiral Perry to go to the North Pole. There is a farewell scene between him and Mother on the deck of the ship.

And after their final goodbye Father's ship glides off-stage, while stirring music rises in the air, and he calls out "God Bless. God Bless America. God Bless each and every one of us!!" It's a noble moment.

Imagine that the ship still looks pretty much like a platform, being wheeled off by stagehands. Imagine no stirring music. And imagine gallant, valiant Father dressed in shorts and a t-shirt.

Imagine the cast being amused, rather than moved.

You do kind of expect Tiny Tim to show up.

I'm thinking this is one of those moments that requires costumes, lights and orchestra.

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