Saturday, June 9, 2007
My mother invited us to a musical at their church, she said it was the story of samson and delilah set to the music of grease. I said why not, could be good or at least entertaining. Somebody wrote it and got it published. When we arrived at the church we soon discovered that the time on the ticket was wrong, the play was not going to start for another two hours...we should have known this was going to happen since the date of the tickets did not match the day (friday, June 10th). though to be more fair it was on the tickets twice and one of the dates was written correctly. So after much battle with my nephews to leave, they love church and thought this meant they weren't going to go, we got food. Dissapointingly, i was not hungry i was expecting to eat after a two hour play so i just had food to hold me over. Oh well, it was now time for the play. (If you were in the play, don't read any further, or if you liked the play don't read this either) Upon sitting down, I began to read the little pamphlet about the play, (playbill i think it is called), only to discover my mistake. this play was never published, no no no. It was written by a fellow church go-er who got the idea and wrote the play on a plan trip to Israel. Seems a little quick to write a musical. Now i was getting worried, but at least the music will be good, right? Read (past tense) a little further only to discover that the music for grease withouth vocal tracks doesn't exist...probably for this very reason. So how do you do a musical without music...you find someone to record the music to grease without the words. that is easy enough, right? Well, after the first song i realized just how hard it must have been. Playing the music to grease with only drums, bass, and acoustic guitar just doesn't quite cut it especially when the drummer is not always on time. But the acting, that must have been ok, you ask. No it was your typical bad church acting. All pretty bad except one or two shinning stars. In fact one person's bio even said that she loved singing and acting, but had been cut from both plays and choirs she tried out for in high school. But what about the overall production, something to save this play from possible ruin. Nope sorry not going to happen, each scene was around 7-10 minutes, i would estimate and the time between each scene change? about 3-5 minutes. So a quick boring scene, boring scene change, boring scene...you get the idea. The only saving grace to the play was the singing. Those with main parts that did sing, were good singers, they saved the play for me. So would i go again no, but i ask this question...why are christians ok with being less than par (if that is a golf analogy shouldn't they be more than par?) on most artistic endeavors?