Saturday, February 13, 2016

Go Go Beach

As much as I like babies, I really love that my grandchildren are growing into really good young people.  They each have their own personalities and interests.  I have written about all five of them many times and will continue to do so.  This blog is meant to document our life and the life of our family.

Last night we attended another school play.  This time it was Dylan's turn.  I wrote about his part two years ago as Oliver in 7th grade.

In 8th grade he sang a solo of "I Am the Very Model of a Modern Major-General" from Pirates of Penzance.  The play consisted of a number of mini plays in an original story written by their director.  I was amazed that he could sing that fast and remember all those words.  He did not inherit that ability from me.

Now he is a Freshman in high school.  In high school you have to pay your dues, and he was cast in a smaller role.  There were only a dozen speaking parts and a dozen chorus members.  Most of the cast were upper classmen, so we were proud that Dylan was the only freshman boy in the play.

The play was called Go Go Beach.  I really enjoyed it because it took place on a beach in Southern California in 1966.  It was a comedy about fun loving beach kids with all their teenage struggles.  The struggles for teens were very different back then but equally difficult.  Parents from the "greatest generation" were raising kids who were questioning things.  It addressed Viet Nam, the hippie culture and civil disobedience.  One of the girls sang a song called "Don't Look the Other Way" with the lyrics "The world's a swirl of colors/It's not just black and white/And it's very hard to understand/What is wrong or who is right."  They are kind of appropriate lyrics no matter what decade we are living in. 

Dylan is second from the left next to the geeky character named Einstein.

I am sad to say we won't be able to attend another play my granddaughter Melissa will be in soon.  They are in rehearsal now.  I sure hope someone else takes pictures.  She is also a freshman in high school,  and fortunately I did get to see her in My Fair Lady about three months ago.

I am looking forward to seeing all of them as they pursue their interests.  In fact, we are off to a basketball game soon. 

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