Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Let's Put On a Show

In the late 30s and early 40s Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland starred in a series of films that became known as the "Let's Put On a Show" films.




In one of these films Mickey tells the gang - "Let's paint the barn and put on a show"

All these years later Hope loves that line and we often put on shows together.

First we get really excited, then we get seating and audience members together. Sometimes the Jets pillow is seating and sometimes it's a person named Pillow.





Anyone who has done summer stock theater will tell you that you've got to do everything yourself. Hope starts on her costume while ushering more audience members to their seats. Kangaroo is being difficult.



I'm not sure what happened to Kangaroo but Heart Monkey and Bullseye got VIP seating.

It's important to have a professional looking program. "I have to use the Dora book, I can't fold."




I can only share two photos of the show itself. Much of the action requires me catching the star as she flings herself across the stage or attempts to stand on her head on the purple scooter.

An especially poignant moment is when Hope sings "On a Clear Day I Can See Forever" in operatic tone.


She doesn't want to be typecast as a musical performer so she closes with a dramatic/comedic moment.



Her versatility is astounding.

I haven't been online since the weekend, just a wee bit under the weather. Slowly catching up.

23 comments:

Jay Simser said...

OH wow, What a wonderful post. What pure fun. Thank you for the "Hope fix" I needed that. She just gets more and more adorable.

Hope you are feeling better.

Marg said...

She is so darn cute. Love the pictures. Hope you are feeling a little better. Take care.

Daryl Edelstein said...

she is such a joy .. and I hope you are on the mend

Ron said...

Dianne, I LOVED this post more than my own life!!!!!!

OMG....it's faaaaaaaaaaaaaaabulous!!!!

"First we get really excited, then we get seating and audience members together."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! When I was kid, I did the same thing!!!! Oh, I can just imagine if I lived closer to you, that Hope and I would be putting on shows WEEKLY!

GREAT photos!

"An especially poignant moment is when Hope sings "On a Clear Day I Can See Forever" in operatic tone."

Bwhahahahahhaha! CRACKED ME UP!!!

Thanks for the morning smiles and giggles!

Much X to you and Hope!

Sylvia K said...

Hope you feel better soon, Dianne! I love your post for the day, and definitely thanks for the smiles! Hope gets more adorable with every day and your photos are priceless! Take care! Hugs to Hope and to you!!

Reb said...

Oh my! She is going to be a force to be reckoned with when she gets older! I am glad you are instilling an appreciation for old musical comedies in her ;)

OldLady Of The Hills said...

How fabulous is our "star" HOPE!!!
I love that she does everything herself---and, indeed, it is what one has to do when one is starting out! Soooo Adorable! Soooo Very Cute!!!

I hope you will be feeling tip-top, very very soon, my dear. Take Good Care....!
It is a strange time, isn't it?

Akelamalu said...

**applause applause**

Wonderful show, well done Hope!

Hope you're feeling 100% now Dianne. Please accept some Reiki. xx

ellen abbott said...

what a doll. the star of her life.

Knight said...

I just can't get over how gorgeous that kid is. She comes from such good stock.

Mike said...

That looked like it was quite a production.

LL Cool Joe said...

Ha ha she looks, and sounds every inch a star! I bet you are knackered after you've spent a few hours on a show like this. :D

Get well soon!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

OH how fun! I don't know who's more fortunate here, Hope being the star of the show or you for getting to witness it (and do the heavy catching)... Anyway, you're both stars in my book!

Linda Reeder said...

What fun! I bet Hope can really belt out a song. I suspect Nana taught her.

DJan said...

Oh, look at that face in that last picture! She's AWESOME! :-)

Au and Target said...

Hope is a sweetie. And I love those films! Must have a marathon this weekend.

Hope you're feeling better.

Granny Annie said...

This was just too much fun!

Hilary said...

How could that little angel not steal the show? What a fun series of photos. I'm sure the two of you have a blast together.

Sending healing thoughts your way, dear Di.

Frank Baron said...

Terrific post, Dianne. Isn't it a joy when a child allows us to join their imagination?

HermanTurnip said...

It's awesome that Hope has such an active imagination. Here's hoping that you foster such activities. Kids turn into psuedo-adults so fast nowadays that the ability to act like a kid disappears much too quickly...

Lowell said...

Sorry that you've been feeling lousy! Hope you're all better now!

This kid is something else. Her mind is always working at about 90 mph, right? And so creative, and those dramatic faces! What fun you must have!

Rambling Woods said...

I needed some Hope tonight..thank you....

Linda said...

Bravo! Bravo!

And kangaroo probably got put in the cheap seats for misbehaving and jumping up and down in his seat too much!

Hope you're feeling better; the weather has been the ideal type to feel down under - or at least the nasty heat and humidity we've had up here in Connecticut has been! I'm fighting allergies like mad this season and apparently losing the battle - badly! Which reminds me, where did I put my Claritin D ... ???