Friday, March 16, 2007

Little House: The Musical

PRAIRIE, a new musical based on the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder, is in the works.

Melissa Gilbert, who achieved fame as Laura in the TV series, will play Ma opposite Patrick Swayze as Pa.

The musical appears to cover Laura's teen years, at least in part, as one of the characters is Mrs. Brewster. Mrs. Brewster, readers will recall, was the scary woman Laura lived with when she was a teacher.

It will certainly be interesting to find out whether Ms. Gilbert can sing. Gilbert continues to act in TV-movies and in recent years has served as President of the Screen Actors Guild. She has been married to Bruce Boxleitner for the last dozen years.


Blogger Irene said...

I was privileged to meet Melissa Gilbert and Bruce Boxleitner last November at the Civil War Reenactment that is held annually in Moorepark. Because of his role in Gods and Generals he has become interested in this hobby and they have made an appearance at this event for the past three years. They dress up in civil war apparel and he had his horse there and rides it. Other actor/stunt people friends of his were also there. They were so nice and accommodating to people who wanted to talk with them and have their picture taken with them.

My involvement in all this was my daughter does Civil War reenacting when her work schedule allows.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

How interesting! Love to hear how nice they are.

We have a musician friend who is part of a Civil War band, although I don't think they've been active for a while. (I seem to recall they made a CD.) He plays a period instrument and even has period glasses. :)

Thanks for sharing that!

8:17 PM  
Blogger Irene said...

That is interesting. There are several bands out there and sometimes one or the other will play for dances at these events.

There is a Civil War band out of Long Beach City College lead by Dr. Gary Thomas Scott. They have a motto "Music From The Days When Instruments Had Character, & Characters Had Instruments". They usually play every year at a concert LBCC puts on on the quad lawn. They were also part of Memorial Day Services at Sunnyside Memorial Park in 2005. They are very good and some of the instruments are originals. They all dress period correct. That is a big deal with Civil War reenactors!

Dr. Scott has told me every time I've seen him at one of their performances that their web site will be updated. It hasn't been, so though the information is interesting, it is old. Here is their web site address. I know a link won't work on these comment pages.

9:53 PM  

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