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Melindaisy wrote:
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Lily (Lilias) is mentioned very little, and her ghost is not in the novel.


Oh wait! I think she was. Or was that a dream that Archie had?


Wed Jan 23, 2008 9:26 am
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I wouldn't say it's underrated at all!
To be totally honest, I think it's just a terrible play.
It's overproduced and stupid.

The songs are catchy though, I'll give it that!
When I was in it, I just sang those songs pretty much non-stop... they just get stuck in your head so easily!
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I certainly wouldn't say it is over produced.....

Why do you think it is "stupid"?


Thu Feb 21, 2008 8:53 am
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:roll: Oh it's you from the Sweeney Todd forum. She posted a thread about hiw terrible the play was and she hasn't posted back yet.


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In the Maggie Smith version it was indeed an earthquake, as you said. I remember being utterly frightened of it as Mary huddled under the bed and broke the elephant.

In the fall, I saw a wonderfully staged production of it at Five Towns College. They had this awesome set with sliding panels and such and three levels. Really amazing, but the reason I think it worked was they clearly established, for example, Mary's room was always downstage left. If I recall correctly, only the "ghostly" parts utilized the whole stage. It wasn't a complex set, and this was not a very rich college, but it worked.

Hence I think the show is perfect for even poorer community theatres. I wish more would do it.

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Melindaisy wrote:
1) the cast really isn't that large, so high school or groups who are used to large musicals may pass it by

2) the music is not easy, particularly the chorus number (Storms)

3) a director must put a great deal of thought and planning into blocking the show so that it flows easily from scene to scene.


I would agree with those but also add that "Secret Garden" isn't a well know show to the public, so less likely to get "bums on seats".

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i really wish someone in my area would do this show... it really is underproduced!! i could play mary for about 2 more years (im 14 now) because I look extremely young for my age, especially on stage. On stage I've recently been mistaken for an 8-year-old.


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adding to the shows that opened in London 1988, rttfp was a massive contrast to Miss Saigon, (it basically is a spoof Star Trek, but makes fun of The Tempest and nearly all of Sakespeare's other works). The music is fabbityfab 60's-70's pop, and best of all ...















IT's SCIFI and the MUSICIANS get to DANCE!!!! (I did backing vocals and chorus stuff too and it was awesome!!!!)

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music is my life!!! wrote:
adding to the shows that opened in London 1988, rttfp was a massive contrast to Miss Saigon, (it basically is a spoof Star Trek, but makes fun of The Tempest and nearly all of Sakespeare's other works). The music is fabbityfab 60's-70's pop, and best of all ...















IT's SCIFI and the MUSICIANS get to DANCE!!!! (I did backing vocals and chorus stuff too and it was awesome!!!!)


I'm confused.


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Maybe it's because people think it's more children-focused (though I don't think so), unlike the majority of popular shows which are more adult-themed, like Les Mis, POTO, Rent, etc.
But maybe it's also because of lack of publication? Like ads, billboard, websites, merchandise, etc.
Cause judging by its quality alone, I see quite a stellar show :wink: the story is actually moving & has variety of themes, the songs are good & I find them easy to love


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