What Else? The Piper Pays Him!

By Timothy R Butler | Posted at 3:06 AM

Well, this summer has been a summer of musicals. What could be better than that? Today, I saw what was likely the last musical of the season. My great aunt celebrated her 94th birthday this week, and so my parents and myself went with her to a musical at the community college as something different to give her. I think she liked that a lot more than anything else we could have given her (not even a copy of Captain Billy's Wizbang could have beaten it!).

There was almost trouble in St. Charles city, though. Being a small time event, we did not have tickets ahead of time. When we arrived this afternoon, the theater was sold out. Fortunately, we stuck around to get a “waiting list” number, and ended up with some really nice seats. My dad and myself took two seats in the third row, while my aunt and mother took front row seats. The cost for four people? A mere $14.

No there where no white knights in the play or angels with wings, but we enjoyed an amazing performance given the price and setting. The scenery was not anything spectacular, but was “good enough.” The performers all gave a five star performance; in fact, I think there were less mistakes in this small time play than in the Muny version of Mame (although the heat on last Monday may have been the cause for that!). The orchestra might not have been as good as the ones at a more professional production (or ones that would have been conducted by the great Creatore or John Philips Sousa), but they did an almost flawless job on all but the most difficult numbers.

Now, I know what you are saying: “I don't believe I caught the name of the play.” I don't believe I dropped it. 15 Challenge points for the person who can guess what the play was without using Google (or another general purpose search engine).

Tags: Broadway

Re: What Else? The Piper Pays Him!
Well your mention of John Philips Sousa makes me think of a march and of course the musical that comes to mind at the mention of a march is the delightful Music Man. On another note I didn't know there was a community college in St. Charles. Hmm. Now that I have made my guess, I am going to have to check it out.
Posted by Christopher - Aug 01, 2005 | 3:25 AM

Re: What Else? The Piper Pays Him!
I have it on good authority that Christopher's guess is correct! Now, to reclaim the 15 minutes of my life wasted guessing the URL for the st. charles community college website. :P
Posted by kevin - Aug 01, 2005 | 4:34 AM

Re: What Else? The Piper Pays Him!
Yup, there is a community college in St. Charles. It is getting rather large, too. They are on their fourth expansion in less than 20 years, I believe. I had no idea what a nice theater program they had, though. I'm going to have to check out some of their fall plays. Kevin: finding it, without Google, in 15 minutes is pretty good! Stchas.edu isn't exactly an obvious abbreviation... :-)
Posted by Timothy R. Butler - Aug 03, 2005 | 12:27 AM

Re: What Else? The Piper Pays Him!
I have a cousin (extended) named Charles who has gone by Chas as long as I've known him. I wasn't expecting the URL to work and typed it out of frustration. :D
Posted by kevin - Aug 03, 2005 | 6:33 AM

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