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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

There's No Business...

Theme Thursday - Bottle

One of my favorite theatre moments is the Bottle Dance from Fiddler on the Roof.  Needless to say, this is a very tricky dance number and oh-so-fun to watch. Having performed in this show a number of times, I can vouch for the fact that said bottles do not always cooperate, sometimes rolling around the stage after taking leave of the dancers' hats. When done perfectly, however, this dance - some of it taking place on the knees - is a joy to behold and brings down the house.

Over the years, I have witnessed many awesome stage moments. Some of my favorites:
  • when Lili, Rooster, and Miss Hannigan bump and grind their way down Easy Street
  • when Maria spots Tony across a crowded dance floor and they become the only two people in the room
  • when Eliza yells, "Move yer bloomin' arse!" while hobnobbing it at Ascot
  • when Peter Pan flies
  • when 3 over-the-hill strippers instruct an innocent Gypsy to get a gimmick
  • when Curly conjures up a surrey with the fringe on  top for Aunt Eller
I could go on and on. Theatre has been a huge part of my life beginning when my mom took me (age 10) to see Carousel at the Curran Theatre in San Francisco. That one outing changed my life. Thanks, Mom.


  1. From bottles to some great shows in one easy movement. Thanks, I enjoyed that (and I agree with most of your great moments)

  2. love the theatre...saw les miserbles...nicely done jan...

  3. I LOVE that bottle scene from Fiddler! I might must have to pop in the DVD today and queue it up to that scene. Super post, Jan.

  4. Carousel has always been one of my faves. This is a nice post on the TT theme. I like reading your theatre POV.

  5. Oh yes...that is a great it!

  6. And I was just at the Orphean theatre in San Francisco for "Wicked". Spectacular. Thanks for the memories...

  7. I'll have to add this one to my Netflix queue again... just to see the bottles dance.

    Mine is here.

  8. I don't know the Bottle scene from Fiddler. Will have to put it on MY Netflix queue as well. Happy TT, Jan

  9. I don't remember the bottle scene from Fiddler. I'll have to watch it again - wonderful music.

  10. Ooh this was a nice change. I miss the theatre, it's so expensive here I haven't been for ages and ages. I think I started loving it too as a child, I used to get free tickets to the Doyle Carte Ballet because my godmother's daughter was in the chorus . .there began a lovely lust for the boards.


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