I am, in a minor way, a “stage parent.” I love the fact that my daughter is at a school with an award winning “show choir” program — more or less like the one depicted in Glee — and I try not to miss a show. (I’d try not to miss a show even if she weren’t involved — it’s a great entertainment value for your $10 — but it would be more of a hassle to get tickets.)
Well, it’s a slow weekend — so I figure that this is a good time to indulge my pride. My daughter’s an alto (as well as an increasingly poised comedian.) In this year’s “Summer Magic” show at Brea-Olinda High School earlier this month, she and a friend were chosen to present the delightful song “Alto’s Lament.” It’s in the bottom video below.
It written by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler, which expresses the sad reality that perfectly wonderful female singers with slightly lower vocal ranges get relegated to the limelight-free supporting role of singing harmony — because, after all someone has got to do it and it may take more talent. (True story: I got the lead in an a capella quartet number while I was in law school because I was the only one of a quartet too inept to learn a harmony part. Life can be unfair.)
If you want, you can first see how a professional — Katherine Von Till, one of the musical theater artists with the Bay Area charitable group “Divas for Life” (which distributes funds to treat children with serious illnesses) — renders the song here:
And here’s a version from the talented New York actress Natalie Weiss:
And finally, you can see how the duet of Audrey and Justine did it:
You have a pretty happy patron of the arts (and of the school district) here! If you have videos of your own kids (or so) performing, please go ahead and post them. [Note that negative comments about other people’s kids will be printed out on heavy newsprint, wetted down and frozen, swung in a wide arc at high speed, and then aimed for your head. Or they’ll be deleted, whichever seems easier.]
I hope that someday, as it was when I went to school here, decent arts education will be available in all schools. For the effect it has on children, it’s worth funding!