February 24, 2010

My memory started working again! DARN IT!

First of all, I'd like to preface this by stating: I can't believe I'm actually writing about this. You'll see why soon enough.

It all started out innocent enough. The house was in a state of complete nastiness and extreme destruction, nothing too out of the ordinary. Still, it was obvious it was time to get down to business with a blow torch.

But since I couldn't find the one that I usually sleep with under my pillow, I decided I would take my chances with just cleaning it all up.

Having a strange and sudden burst of energy, (It must have been those cookies I ate for breakfast. Maybe they're magic energy cookies! Should I share the recipe?) I got the kids all pumped up as we made a game out of getting each task done. Soon it became quite obvious, we needed some music.

Not having a great or large... or even medium sized music collection I had to do with what I had and settled on the music from "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat." I know the boys like it because it has both their names in the songs.

If you are lucky enough to have no idea what I'm talking about, just google it and you'll see. But its a fun musical based in the story of Joseph and the coat of many colors from the bible.

Pretty soon music was blaring and we, or rather I, was quite literally singing at the top of my lungs and dancing around while we tackled the mess. The kids tried to sing along but not really knowing the words, it sounded like something along these lines, "ahhhhhhh..... Joseeeeeph  ahhhhhhahhhahhhhh... coooooat aahahhahhahha... blue!" 

I'm thinking of starting a family choir. The Von Trapp family wouldn't hold a candle to us!

Then the worst thing imaginable happened. My memory started working. Its been pretty rusty since having kids but I began having flashbacks to roughly 11 years ago.

I flashed back to certain Stake Youth Conference in which the extremely talented Ramona Zabriskie and Debbi Woods decided to put on the musical, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolored Dreamcoat.

For three weeks the coolest group of youth ever to exist lived at the stake center while we made and painted props, learned lyrics and songs, and sewed up costumes. I have to admit, it was a pretty awesome experience.

As fate would have it, my brother Caleb landed the main part of Joseph himself.

Me? Well... I uh... Ya, okay, that's me blowing the kiss.

Yup. I was given the part of Potiphar's Wife. I think the people in the crowd who knew we were brother and sister got the biggest kick out if it.

My outfit? Yes, it was pretty sweet. A 20's style pink dress with black and gold trim. I secretly wish I still had it.

If only I knew what this next picture would do to my sense of dignity in later years.

I was also in the choir. See the ONLY girl in a white leotard there on the end? Yea, that was me, back when I had had a chest to speak of. 

Still, I LOVE this picture of Caleb (Joseph) and Travis (Pharaoh). Now THERE was one funny guy. He had the Elvis act down pat!

Oh man! I just can't take it! Do you see? There on the end in the next picture! I'm the ONLY girl in a white leotard. (sigh) I'm going to carry that with me till my dying day. It will haunt me forever.

Even with the embarrassing white leotard, this next picture gives me chills. Such AWESOME memories. I seriously had the greatest friends ever growing up.

And now that I have completely embarrassed myself and my white leotard, I need to go make breakfast and convince the boys that they don't need to listen to that soundtrack again. I'm not sure if I can handle the images of pink dresses with black and gold trim swirling through my brain.

The white leotard alone will be enough to do me in.

Next time my house needs a make-over, I'm opting for the blowtorch.

P.S. I would like to beat up thank my best friend Sarah for sending me these photos. I had no evidence of my involvement until she sent them to me.

23 super cool people speak:

CJB said...

This play was one of my favorite memories ever! I was the page turner for the talented Sarah. My favorite line from your part was "Come and lay with me love!" I know, totally random but you sang it so perfect that it is forever lodged into my memory! HEHE
Sister Zabriskie and Debbi Woods were amazing at putting this play together. Thanks for posting these pic's, it brings back fun memories!

MommyJ said...

So, did you just miss the black leotard memo? Or maybe the white one was necessary for your awesome potiphar's wife outfit and you didn't have time to change?

Awesome, all around, no matter the white leotard. So glad you shared. :)

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

LOL! Actually, we were all suppose to wear different colored leotards. But everyone wanted black because it made them look skinnier. It would appear that I did indeed miss that memo. =)

Linda said...

First, love the Joseph music. We have been known to sing it loudly at our house too. Love the muscial but I think I missed out on the best one! The one with the girl in the white leotards. Darn it! Thanks for sharing.

Amber said...

I love that soundtrack!!

OK, weird story. I think this Zabriskie lady is the mother of my friend's husband. Did you know Grant Zabriskie?

Anyway, I have a little award waiting for you. : )

Jess said...

just AWEsome! Thanks for sharing. LOL :)

The Martos Family said...

I love how open and honest you are with all you do, I would kill to just admit that my house is a mess. Instead I spend all day cleanning. Totally in vain, it all gets destroyed when they wake up the next day. But the one thing we do, is listen to music while cleaning, and we always end up dancing in the kitchen. It is our favorite thing to dance and sing.

special k said...

haha, wait, different colored leotards? pretty sure i wasn't wearing black to make me look thinner...i think i just missed the memo. i didn't know there were pictures of this- just wait until one of these days when a video surfaces! ok, i don't know if anyone actually filmed it, but it would be entertaining to see.

Debbie said...

Ha! At least you weren't one of the brothers with a fake beard glued on your face. It doesn't matter what color leotard you were wearing when you look like a guy. Ah, memories...

Anonymous said...

Seriously awesome, Serene.

I was also in a stake production of Joseph. Joseph was in his late 30's, and all his brothers were 40s or 50s except Benjamin, who was 16. I was a wife and chorus girl.

It was hilarious to watch the brothers come out with their 25 years younger wives.

Heidi said...

Wow. Caleb really DID have hair once.

I always wanted to do a musical with the stake rather than a school. But 3+ hour circumference boundaries of a stake made that kinda hard.

I'll admit Joseph has never been one of my favorite musicals, but hearing SaraLyn talk of it so much and now knowing Mona was part of it, I know it must have been awesome. The pictures make it look so.

Sara Lyn said...

Just to corroborate, it's true. They were all supposed to be wearing different colored leotards. :) Good times. Great memories!

Wonder Woman said...

So. Totally. Awesome. I love that you posted this.

I do my best housework to good music. Love this soundtrack and Fiddler on the Roof in particular as a kid.

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Esp: I wasn't sure if I should write your whole name or not but, I have just come to grips with the way things are around here. I do my best but when its four against one, chances are they're going to win most of the time. =)

K: Unfortunately, there IS a video of this floating around somewhere. Two actually! I think my family might even have a copy! And yes, we were suppose to wear different colored leotards. =)

Debbie: LOL! True. But you gals were the coolest group of guys I've ever met!

Emily: Oh my! Hahaha, too funny. That would have been entertaining to see!

Heidi: Yes, yes... he did indeed use to wear his hair longer. I think because the girls liked it so much. =)

Yea Sara Lyn!

WW: Oh I LOVE Fiddler on the Roof too! I should get the soundtrack to that!!

Heather said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!:)
Our stake did a youth production of Joseph a few years ago & my husband & I were directors- it was SO MUCH FUN! :)

Sarah loves it all said...

Okay- I love Joseph. (and his technicolor dream coat too.) I know every single word to each song, and secretly have always wanted to be the narrator.

Mama Smith said...

As the mother...of "4" of the cast members...in this particular play...I will be FOREVER GRATEFUL that our children...had talented people in their lives...that gave them OPPORTUNITIES like this play...Having your children participate in ALL CHURCH FUNCTIONS...made a HUGE DIFFERENCE in how our children matured in their lives...GREAT...GREAT....MEMORIES....

And, yes...GRANT ZABRISKIE and his family were IN OUR WARD in FLORIDA...

As Told By Molly said...

(Just popping in from MMB)

This is one of my favorite musicals ever so I can just imagine how much fun it was to put the whole thing together. So, how did you sing the line "Come and lie with me, love!" to your brother with a straight face? I bet it was the funniest moment of the night for everyone who knew your family. :)
Thanks for sharing your funny memory; sometimes we just need to jot them down as they come!

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

LOL! Well, let's just say it was good that I was suppose to take off running after him the moment I finished my line or I don't think I would have come off very convincing.
I had to stand there with outstretched arms while I sang it.
Its a moment I'll never be able to scrub away from my memeory. =)

Jones said...

Just stopping by from MMB to say hi :) The "Believe" decoration and the fabric flowers in the portfolio are way cute :)

Morgan -Ing said...

If it makes you feel better, I've done Joseph THREE TIMES and can still remember every word. Don't be embarrassed. It's a fun show! :)

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

It is fun. And I honestly had a blast doing it. I think my claim to fame is just that I got to chase my brother around the stage. =)

Larsen said...

NOW THIS IS WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT!! Road shows are the best! I can't wait for our Stake ones!

You look awesome in that photo where you are trying to seduce your brother....that is great!

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