Nov. 11th, 2007

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Today we took the kids to their first Gilbert and Sullivan show, H.M.S. Pinafore by the MIT G&S Players. (Actually, it was the kids' first "real" -- i.e., full-length not-aimed-at-kids -- theater experience.) They were enthralled. Alissa was swaying and bouncing to the music, and at one appropriate point was marching quietly at her seat. Tani was completely involved in the plot, and afterwards he gave the principals a thrill by asking for autographs on his programme. Neither one was impatient; Alissa got a little fidgety every now and then but still couldn't take her eyes off the stage. Over dinner, they kept talking about it. Yay!

Twenty years ago, when I was an MIT freshman, I had this cockamamie idea that M.I.T. should have a Gilbert & Sullivan troupe. If you had told me then that twenty years later my children's first exposure to real musical theater would be at a performance of the group that I myself had founded, I wouldn't have been able to think that far ahead. (Not quite true; we did make sure to sign the formal papers establishing the group on 29 Feb. 1988 so that the group, if it lasted until 2009, could celebrate its twenty-first year with a performance of The Pirates of Penzance.)

One day, as Choni the Circlemaker was traveling on the road, he saw a man planting a carob tree. He said to him, "It takes seventy years for a carob tree to bear fruit." The man replied, "When I came into this world I found a carob tree that others had planted for me. Just as my ancestors planted for me, I plant this tree for my descendants." (Taanit 23a)
rhu: (rhu)
Today we took the kids to their first Gilbert and Sullivan show, H.M.S. Pinafore by the MIT G&S Players. (Actually, it was the kids' first "real" -- i.e., full-length not-aimed-at-kids -- theater experience.) They were enthralled. Alissa was swaying and bouncing to the music, and at one appropriate point was marching quietly at her seat. Tani was completely involved in the plot, and afterwards he gave the principals a thrill by asking for autographs on his programme. Neither one was impatient; Alissa got a little fidgety every now and then but still couldn't take her eyes off the stage. Over dinner, they kept talking about it. Yay!

Twenty years ago, when I was an MIT freshman, I had this cockamamie idea that M.I.T. should have a Gilbert & Sullivan troupe. If you had told me then that twenty years later my children's first exposure to real musical theater would be at a performance of the group that I myself had founded, I wouldn't have been able to think that far ahead. (Not quite true; we did make sure to sign the formal papers establishing the group on 29 Feb. 1988 so that the group, if it lasted until 2009, could celebrate its twenty-first year with a performance of The Pirates of Penzance.)

One day, as Choni the Circlemaker was traveling on the road, he saw a man planting a carob tree. He said to him, "It takes seventy years for a carob tree to bear fruit." The man replied, "When I came into this world I found a carob tree that others had planted for me. Just as my ancestors planted for me, I plant this tree for my descendants." (Taanit 23a)

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