September 29, 2013

End of Celebrating Musicals Blog Party

And now we come to the end of the Celebrate Musicals blog party. :(

I wish it could have lasted longer! It was wonderful, although I didn't get to do as many posts as I would have liked. Oh well. It was my first blog party and I enjoyed it thoroughly!!

I'll be posting the answers to the Sound of Music quote quiz soon, so if you want to comment, now's the time!
Many thanks to Amy of Yet Another Period Drama Blog ( http://miss-dashwood.blogspot.com) for this super blog party! I can't wait to read some of the other participant's posts.


And now,
"So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye....."



 

September 27, 2013

Sound of Music Quote Quiz!

Here's 15 quotes from The Sound of Music. If you know (or think you know!) who said any of these quotes, leave a comment with the number of the quote and what the quoted character's name is.  Have fun!!
  
*note: the name "Character 1" or "Character 2" is not used for the same character every time, it's simply for distinguishing between two characters when they are talking together*

1) Character 1: You are the twelfth in a long line of governesses who have come here to look after.. [the]..children since their mother died. I trust you will be an improvement on the last one. She stayed only two hours.
Character 2: What's wrong with the children..?
Character 3: Oh, there's nothing wrong with the children. Only the governesses.

2) Character: I like rich people. I like the way they live. I like the way I live when I'm with them.

3) Character: Somewhere out there is a lady who I think will never be a nun.

4) Character 1: ...did I or did I not say that bedtime is to be strictly observed in this household?
Character 2: Yes, well the children were scared of the thunderstorm and... You did, sir.
Character 1: And do you or do you not have trouble following these simple instructions?
Character 2: Only during thunderstorms, sir.

5) Character: I haven't had so much fun since the day we put glue on Fräulein Josephine's toothbrush.

6) Character 1: It's the dress. You'll have to put on another one before you meet the children.
Character 2: But I don't have another one. When we entered the abbey our worldly clothes were given to the poor.
Character 1: What about this one?
Character 2: The poor didn't want this one.

7) Character 1: I can't seem to stop singing wherever I am. And what's worse, I can't seem to stop saying things - anything and everything I think and feel.
Character 2: Some people would call that honesty.

8) Character 1: Perhaps those who would warn you that the Anschluss is coming - and it is coming..... - perhaps they would get further with you by setting their words to music.
Character 2: If the Nazis take over Austria, I have no doubt..... that you will be the entire trumpet section.
Character 1: You flatter me....
Character 2: Oh, how clumsy of me - I meant to accuse you.

9) Character: When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.

10) Character 1: Why don't we ever get to see the baroness?
Character 2: Why would she want to see you?

11) Character: Darling, haven't you ever heard of a delightful little thing called boarding school?

12) Character 1: Why didn't you tell me?
Character 2: What?
Character 1: To bring along my harmonica.

13) Character: I wonder what grass tastes like.

14)
Character 1: I've not asked you where you and your family are going. Nor have you asked me why I am here.
Character 2: Well, apparently, we're both suffering from a deplorable lack of curiosity.

15) Character: The Von Trapp children don't play. They march.

September 25, 2013

The Sound of Music



The hills are alive.....with the sound of music.....



This is definitely my favorite musical ever. My family and I have watched it at least 20 times. I know I would have reviewed it sooner or later, but Amy Dashwood's Celebrate Musicals blog party is the perfect opportunity.

The Sound of Music is a Rodger's and Hammerstein's musical, based after the real life of Captain von Trapp, his children, and Maria. As you can guess though, the film is not an exact biography of the von Trapps' lives. But that's okay. I wouldn't want the movie any different. :)

Set at the start of World War 2 in Austria, Maria, a nun yet to take her vows, is a head-in-the-clouds type of woman who gets sent to be a governess for the 7 von Trapp children. Once there, she finds the children being brought up by their father, Captain von Trapp, with whistles, orders, and commands. Maria does not like this one bit and tells the captain so, probably the first governess to!
 

"Oh, no, sir. I'm sorry, sir. I could never answer to a whistle. Whistles are for dogs and cats and other animals, but not for children and definitely not for me. It would be too... humiliating."
The children (Liesl, Fredric, Louisa, Curt, Brigitta, Marta, and Gretl) try to play practical jokes on Maria, but soon find it hard to, as she makes them feel ashamed of their joke at the dinner table by saying, "Knowing how nervous I must have been, a stranger in a new household, knowing how important it was for me to feel accepted, it was so kind and thoughtful of you to make my first moments here so warm...and happy...and pleasant." Hahaha, score one for Maria!


The children soon adore Fraulein Maria, and they have fun doing activities they never do such as boating, singing, biking, and climbing trees. Captain von Trapp, who is gone away to bring two guests to the house, his potential future wife Baroness von Schrader and friend Max Dettweiler, is shocked on arriving home to find his children had been "roaming about Salzburg dressed up in nothing but some old drapes (play suits Maria made them out of old curtains)".


He soon has a change of heart, however, when he hears his children singing for the Baroness, something they've never been allowed to do since their mother's death. He joins in singing with them and realizes that in spite of Maria's recklessness and temper, she might just be a good thing for his children...and himself.
 

I recommend this movie 110%! It's totally appropriate and has a wonderful story. It one of those musicals where they have amazingly memorable songs, but they don't sing every time they take a breath (which can sometime get on your nerves).

I LOVE the Sound of Music!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rating: 10/10
 


 

 

September 24, 2013

Celebrate Musicals Week!



I'm a little late on this one. When I saw there was going to be a musicals blog party from Yet Another Period Drama Blog I was still in the messy muddle of creating my blog, so it kinda slipped off my radar. Then the other night, while lying in bed, I remembered it and realized it'd be a great way to get more blog readers-and just plain fun! I've watched a lot of musicals!
  One of my all-time favorites is  The Sound of Music. Now, I was thinking that maybe I should do something more out of the ordinary and different, but I just can't think of another musical I love as much as this. And besides-I want to review The Sound of Music anyways, so I might as well jump at the opportunity? Ready? Let's Jump!

 1.  What musical did you pick to "spotlight" this week and why?
The Sound of Music starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer!



2.  How did you discover the musical you picked (hereinafter referred to as "your musical")?
My dad showed it to me when I was little-6 or so, maybe? After watching the Do-Re-Mi  song, I had to go and show my mom all the moves that go with the song. :)



 3.  If you had to pick three favorite songs from your musical, which ones would they be?
Oooooohhh....only three?!?? I adore "Sixteen Going on Seventeen", "My Favorite Things" (hence the title of my blog! "Raindrops on Roses and whiskers on kittens! Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens..."), and "Edelweiss". If I could throw in the other two I really like it'd be "The Sound of Music" and "I Have Confidence". Not that I dislike any of the other ones. I love them all!

 4.  What's your least favorite song from your musical?
Oh. Haha. Right after I said I love them all. Ummmm...well, it's true. I don't dislike any of them. I don't even know if I can pick one as my "least favorite".  No comment! :)

 5.  Who are your favorite characters (choose up to three)?
Maria, the Captain, and Liesl.



 6.  Which versions of your musical have you seen/listened to, and which is your favorite?
Um, I've only seen the movie. Is there a stage version? I guess I'll have to look into that.

 7.   Is this your favorite musical of all time?  If not, what is?
 Yes, it is. It's so classic and wonderful and amazing! Plus, it's based on a true story! Captain Von Trapp and Maria and the children were all real, you know. :)

8.   Which cast album/musical soundtrack in your collection do you listen to the most?
Well, I only have the Sound of Music soundtrack. I've wanted to get some more musical soundtracks but it just hasn't happened yet. :)

 9.   What is your favorite costume from your musical?
Liesl's lilac dinner dress. Every time I see it I want it. It's just so gorgeous and feminine. I adore layered veil-like skirts like hers, and the gathered bodice is sooo pretty.



 10.  If you could change anything about your musical, what would you change?
That they had made a sequel!

 11.  Which role(s) would you most like to play in any musical, if you had the opportunity to do so on stage? In any musical? Hm. I'm not sure. Rapunzel in Tangled would be fun, if they ever made a stage version of that!

 12.  If you could choose one performer to play any part in your musical, who would you choose and which part would you have them play? Everybody's so perfect in Sound of Music, I don't think I could choose someone else for their parts!

 13.  Do you consider yourself a musical theatre fan in general or do you just like a few musicals? Just a few musicals. I've watched a lot of old and/or classic musicals (Singing in the Rain, Oklahoma, State Fair, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Easter Parade, Meet Me in St. Louis, Wizard of Oz) but never any musicals on stage. Maybe I should?

 14.  Are you tired of the word "musical" yet?
Nope, I just got started!

 15.  Turn your music playing device on shuffle (or utilize Pandora if you don't have one) and tell us the names of the first three show tunes that come up-- no cheating!  How do these rank on your favorites/most-listened-to list? Well, I only have the Sound of Music soundtrack and no music playing devices so this question just won't work. Sorry!




September 22, 2013

Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday



Could a movie get any better than this?? Comedy, a great story/plot, and a romance between two actors who just fit together like two puzzle pieces! Gregory Peck stars as the handsome American news reporter Joe Bradley living in Rome, Italy. Audrey Hepburn is the beautiful Princess Ann (I'm dying to put an "e" on the end but that's how it's spelled in the movie....sigh) who, fed up with Royal duties while visiting Rome, runs away for a night.



But because of a sleeping drug the doctor gave her, she falls asleep on a bench where (guess who?) Joe finds her. Thinking she's drunk and not sure how to help her, he brings her to his apartment and lets her stay the night on the couch. When he realizes she's the princess, he schemes to get an exclusive inside story on her (with the help of his photographer friend Irving, who will be familiar as Mr. Douglas to anyone who watches Green Acres). But, his plans go awry when he falls in love with her-and she with him!

   It's such a sweet, funny movie-I just love it so much!  But be warned-it has one of the worst endings. I lay in bed at night just thinking up different endings for it every time I watch it. :(

                                     

Rating 9/10  I'd give it a 10 if not for the ending!

*pictures from Pintrest and other places*

September 19, 2013

Eloise of Westhaven

  Eloise of Westhaven: Not Just a Kid by Jean Archambault-White. This is one of my newest favorite books ever! :)
It is so rare to find new "good" books anymore. Even some of the so-called teen Christian books are not something I would want  to be reading. But then, I found this amazing book.
Set in the 1800s, Eloise Jackson's mother dies, leaving her an orphan as her father and brother had already died earlier. :( She is taken in by the kind Cravit family and soon becomes one of the their own, helping in the store and trading practical jokes with her new siblings-the handsome and teasing David, mature Vanessa who quickly becomes the sister Eloise never had, and little Jenna, sweet but dangerous when plotting a practical joke.

Eloise life gets more exciting as she becomes a governess for the mayor's children (an adventure in itself), has a run-in with outlaws, and falls in love! Throughout the whole book, God is Eloise's biggest help and strength, showing her His plan for her life-even after all seems lost.
I bought this book brand-new at Goodwill for 2 or 3 dollars -an amazing price as retail is $22. I'd have to say though, it's worth all of that as it's fantastic book. It's not anything out of the ordinary. It's not some totally original and never-before-thought-of-plot. But it's just so good. Something I could read again and again and never grow tired of.
So, if you adore books like Little House on the Prairie, or love authors like Janette Oke, this book is FOR you! Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!!
Rating: 10/10 


September 12, 2013

A Life of Faith Review

     To start out my blog, I decided to review the book series that has been my favorite for a long time-and still is! The A Life of Faith series, based on the original Elsie Dinsmore and Mille Keith books by Martha Finley. There are five characters-Elsie (who has 8 books), Mille (8 books), Violet (8 books), Kathleen (4 books), and Laylie (only 1-poor Laylie!! ).
 The books are great as each character has a really good story with adventure, excitement, romance, but most especially a really strong Christian message. I feel like these books have really strengthened my faith.


  Elsie Dinsmore, the original Martha Finley character, is a young girl when the books start out, but already a very strong Christian. She is an heiress, living with her grandparents (who aren't very nice-scratch that. They're not nice at all.) while her father (whom she's never met) is in Europe. When he does return home and meets his daughter, there is trouble as he is not a Christian and does not understand his daughter's beliefs-why she loves God more than her own father, and why she feels she must obey God over her own father (he asks her at one point to break the Sabbath by reading the newspaper to him on Sunday, which she believes is wrong).

  Millie Keith, Elsie's cousin, is the eldest girl of 8 children whose family decides to move from their hometown of Lansdale, Ohio to Pleasant Plains, Indiana. Millie struggles with her faith throughout the first couple books, as she deals with the pain of leaving her home and friends, the inconvenience of having to live in a warehouse upon reaching Pleasant Plains, and many other trials and tragedies. Oh, and of course, dealing with her siblings! :)

  Violet Travilla, the daughter of now married Elsie (don't worry, I won't tell who she marries!) is growing up on a plantation with her large family when tragedy strikes. Heartbroken and shattered inside, Violet is plagued by doubts and fears that only One can dispel....

  Laylie Colbert is a young slave, her only family being her older brother, Luke. When Millie Keith visits her uncle's plantation (where Laylie and her brother live), she is horrified by the treatment of the slaves and condition in which they live. Millie befriends Laylie and comes up with a daring plan to free Laylie and Luke. Will it work? Will Laylie be brave enough to succeed?

  Kathleen McKenzie, is a Scottish girl during the Great Depression (1930s). Facing hardships and trials, Kathleen must rely on her faith to get her through these tough times ahead.

 These books are great for any girl, any age. Even my mom enjoys them!

Rating: 10/10

 

September 11, 2013

My First Blog Ever!

Well, here it is! My first blog! For awhile now I've wanted to create one, and I'm excited to finally be doing it. Come back soon for some book and movie reviews from a Christian perspective. Thanks so much! :)