Our friendly and resourceful production manager, Bruce, started off rehearsal on Friday with a trip down memory lane.
Thanks to the miracle of vinyl -- yes, we're talking a vinyl record album played on a record player -- we listened to the voices of club members singing three songs from "The Music Man" back in the day. This was a tribute album the club produced celebrating its 30th anniversary in 1965.
My handy dandy calculator tells me that was 49 years ago.
Jeesh, that's way before half the cast was even born.
I'm sure some of the younger cast members wondered what that round black thing was and why was it so scratchy sounding.
The year before, in 1964, the club performed "The Music Man."
It blows my mind to think that The Glens Falls Operetta Club (the original name of the Glens Falls Community Theatre) performed "The Music Man" 50 years ago and some of the club members are STILL involved with the club.
What kind of cult is this that lures people in and never lets them go?
The icing on the cake though was when Bruce asked us to guess who was singing the next song.
It was none other than our nonagenarian director, Catherine, singing a heartfelt and moving solo of "Climb Every Mountain." She had played The Mother Abbess in "The Sound of Music" in 1967 (calculator says that's 47 years ago.)
There wasn't a dry eye in the house...well except for those kids who didn't really know what the old folks were crying about.