Rehearsal #3

Hello! As you may have noticed, I was not at rehearsal this week, and as such, am not able to discuss with you what happened.

I will say that I hope you are practicing everything you learned at home, at school, in the car, in the shower, while walking, while dancing, while daydreaming… well, you get the idea. I can’t stress just how important practicing is – you need to feel confident on stage and the best way to do that is to know what you’re doing!

Alright, so since I have no recaps for you this week I thought instead that I would show you a bunch of 1950s things. Enjoy!

Here is Elvis Presley on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1957. Of course, they could only show his top half because his dancing was a little controversial back then.

Now Elvis kicked off his medley with “Hound Dog,” but his version of the song is still severely neutered in my opinion. Here is the original by Big Mama Thornton and my favorite version of the song. I think it’s better when sung by a woman, too.

Our show is named after a type of music called Doo Wop. Here is one example of a Doo Wop song: “In the Still of the Night” by The Satins. And another, more fast-paced one: “Sh-Boom” by The Chords.

Now for some television. The Hoods reference “My Three Sons,” which actually debuted in 1960, but we’ll forgive the playwright for making this little goof in service of a joke. Here is a promo for the show from back in the day.

“My Three Sons” shared a cast member with the classic (and amazing) “I Love Lucy.” It would be impossible to pick just one moment or episode, so courtesy of YouTube, here is a Top 5 list. And as a bonus, here is Ricky telling Little Ricky the story of “Little Red Riding Hood”

And, finally, here is a clip of the classic TV game show, “What’s My Line” in which panelists have to guess what a person’s job or secret is. Every show the panelists would put on a blind fold and a famous person would come out, usually disguising his or her voice, and the panelists would have to guess who that person was. This episode’s celebrity guest was Eleanor Roosevelt, former first lady. You can watch the whole episode (with 1950s commercials!) or go straight to the main event at 14:45.

I hope you enjoyed the above and I will see you this coming weekend for another double rehearsal!