Monday, July 27, 2009

Wonder of Wonders!

I was “doot-de-doo”-ing a song from a musical last night, and nobody could figure out what it was. Darci, Brandon and Mom all started doot-de-doo-ing it too, and Mom even figured out that the last word in the phrases was “America,” but she couldn’t figure out the rest of the words, and still had no idea what song it was, let alone what musical it came from.

They kept working on this song, while I moved on to like three others. They worked tirelessly, and still couldn’t figure out what show it was. Now, all of them claim to be well-acquainted with theatre, and this is a really old, well-known show, so it was amusing me just to watch them squirm in their ignorance.

Then, something miraculous happened. Dad said, “Guys, isn’t it from West Side Story?”


My father hates basically everything about musical theatre; he has absolutely NO interest in watching, listening to, or hearing about anything that even remotely relates to the stage. This made his correct diagnosis of the song that the rest of the family had been stuck on for so long all the sweeter.

Darci and Brandon, naturally, started making excuses to attempt to explain why they didn’t know it, but everything they said (things like “I’ve never seen that show,” and “I’ve only seen the movie”), I came back at with the same things. Except that I’ve never even seen the movie. I’ve tried watching it several times, but I never get very far before I leave the room. Also, Darci had just watched Web Site Story, so she really, really had no excuse.

Dad surprised everyone with his superior knowledge of theatre, and I completely stumped Mom, Darci and Brandon.

It was a wonderful day.


Shumway Family said...

Even worse for me is I thought of West Side Story and rejected it as a possibility. I would like to say that I don't consider myself an expert on musical theater, I just enjoy what I do see.

Darci Shumway Cole said...

:-( Don't rag on my husband and me in public please :-( Of course we were making excuses. We felt dumb. But please don't make us feel "dumber" by rubbing it in our faces...