Posts are probably going to be a little slow coming up here, but we have been continuing with our Summer of Musicals. We’re finishing up with Hamilton on the 4th of July. I’m currently trying to find out how we can watch 1776, but according to Can I Stream It? it’s only available through services I don’t have, so we might just be watching youtube clips. There’s enough on youtube that I plan on 1776 being our musical this coming week, and after that I think we’ll do Newsies.
We had a ton of fun with Matilda. We’re still working our way through the read aloud. I’m trying to be gentle with myself and recognize that both summer schedules and summer spontaneity means I’m going to have to be a little flexible with my musical planning. The soundtrack is still a big hit, and I’ve enjoyed the conversations with the children about how much more electric guitar and over all rock-and-roll the Broadway cast recording is compared to the West End. There have also been some interesting conversations about how Briticisms were changed for the American production– gas instead of wind, for example– and whether this was accommodating a different audience or dumbing it down. Comparisons were made to changing the title of the first Harry Potter book from Philosopher’s Stone to Sorcerer’s Stone.
Someone with sticky little chocolate fingers dug into our Bruce Bogtrotter cake before a picture could be taken, but it was still enjoyed. The TV dinners were a rare treat and enjoyed. We took the online quiz as a family and did pretty well. The idea of charades was kind of lost on the little ones, who didn’t understand the concept of not talking, but they still had a great time pretending to be different characters, and even more dressing up. They LOVED the movie.
Here are a few pictures from our week.
Katie Grace created our Matilda background for taking photos. She was inspired by our viewing of the touring company’s production. Molly dressed up like Matilda, Matthew pretended to be Bruce, and Daniel had a hat like Mr. Wormwood. After watching a video about all that was involved in the Trunchbll’s costume and makeup, Nicholas was inspired to try a little padding. The twins were inspired to create Crunchem Hall at the story table, and you can also see Bruce eating his giant slice of cake.
All in all, it was a great week.