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29 Jun

A play in a week – wow!

From the Broadway production

The reason for today’s tenor-themed jokes is that Spud played the lead in Lend Me A Tenor this week.  It was his third play in six months but he rose to the challenge and then some.

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His school has a tradition at the end of the year of Lower Sixth students rehearsing and performing a play in a week.  The students choose the director, the play, the cast, the crew; source the props; get a week off lessons to rehearse, which is much harder work than anything they’ll be taught once exams are done.

Because of licensing issues, the directors are chosen some weeks beforehand; they choose the play and begin auditions.  Spud was cast before his exams and spent his revision downtime learning lines.  The actual work started last Thursday, however.  They rehearsed Saturday, each school day and after school as well.  It was worth it.

One of the teachers told me that some years, the kids aren’t interested and it’s a shambles.  Not this year.  The girl playing Maria and the boy playing the bell-hop were particularly good, but each and every parent could feel proud of each and every child involved, front and backstage: it was clear they had worked their backsides off.  Yes, there were mistakes, but the actors ad-libbed and it all added to the fun, especially when Spud accidentally bashed the Tenor’s head against the bed and the Tenor – supposed to be dead – got the giggles.  They should have passed it off as rigor mortis.  

Hub and I went to see the play last night.  Did you ever burst with so much pride, you wanted to run onto a stage and scream at the audience, That’s my son!  That’s my son!?  He was sooooo good – he was nervous, edgy, wimpy, comical, sweaty and just so darn funny.  The drama teacher told him he had ‘a rare talent,’ to act in a Greek Classical play, a major Shakespearean role, and a farce; and to be convincing in each one.

Proud doesn’t begin to cover it.

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29 Jun
Lend Me a Tenor

Lend Me a Tenor (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have a good reason for posting these jokes – all will be revealed later…

The jokes come from a site called suite101. Here’s their blurb:

These are common opera jokes that have been passed on from generation to generation. Some are actually true, especially the last joke on the list.

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How many tenors does it take to change a light bulb?

  • None – he thinks it’s the accompanist’s job.

How many tenors does it take to change a light bulb?

  • Six. One to do it, and five to say, “It’s too high for him.”

How many tenors does it take to change a light bulb?

  • Four: One to change the bulb and three to complain that they could have done it if they had the high notes.

What does it mean when a tenor drools out of both sides of his mouth?

  • The stage is level.

What’s the musical definition of a half-step?

  • Two tenors singing in unison.

How do you put a twinkle in a tenor’s eye?

  • Shine a flashlight in his ear.

How can you tell when a tenor is out of tune?

  • His lips are moving.

What’s the difference between a lawn mower and a tenor?

  • You can tune the lawn mower.

There were two old men sitting on a park bench talking to each other when one of them asked, “Can I sing you a song?”

The other man replied, “Sure, but only if can you sing tenor?”

The first man asked, “What is tenor?”

The other man replied, “Ten or eleven miles away!” – (Karah Richardson- Age 9)

How many tenor jokes are there?

  • Only one, the rest are all true.

 

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