|"You will know heartache, prayers
that don't work, and times of bitter circumstances.
But I still believe in second chances." ~~ Stephen
Schwartz’s Children of Eden
My windows are open, daffodils are coming up... please let
this be spring! :-)
I hope you enjoy this one. I actually wasn't shivering
while writing it.
Dyeland Does Musicals... Or Not!
As many of you know, part of what's been
keeping me so busy of late is a story I'm working on in
which Andrew is directing a production of Jesus Christ
Superstar starring a bunch of his friends and one very
notable Galilean in the title role. While I don't
think I'll exactly be revisiting that sort of scenario
again, it did make me wonder how things would be if they
tried out other musicals like...
Fiddler on the Roof- Sure, it
sounds like a good idea. Family, tradition, love,
faith... big themes for the Dyeland crowd. But we all
know that Adam wouldn't get as much as two
bars of "Sunrise, Sunset" out before half the cast would
start bawling. Also, Henry, Eli, and Andrew would
break way too many bottles trying to do that awesome
The Sound of Music- How do you solve a problem like
Maria? No one would ever find out because they'd turn
the entire musical into "Shut up! No one cares!
Andrew is singing 'Edelweiss'... Shh... Love
Oklahoma!- All those AODs in jeans and
flannel... Oh what a beautiful morning, indeed!
Rocky Horror Picture Show- Nope. No. Just
Children of Eden- Well, it would start out well until
Adam... playing Adam... would insist his turkeys could play
all of the animals. That stage would not pretty after
they were done...
Beauty and the Beast- Why not let Belle see a show
about her sort of namesake? Weepiness from her parents
whenever the rose would appear, though! Still, Max and
Rose as the title characters would be adorable!
Phantom of the Opera- It'd start out promising until
Adam would begin making jokes about the chandelier falling
and Andrew would have to pause rehearsals for two hours to
calm Violeta down when she starts shrieking about Erik's
awfulness. This would only be compounded by JenniAnn's
Grease- More ranting from JenniAnn... and Andrew
finding himself with the delightful task of trying to
explain some of the more, ahem, colorful lyrics to Violeta.
Wicked- Violeta and Ivy in this would be super sweet
and perfect. Well, that is until Violeta-Elphaba would
have to start acting mushy with whomever was playing Fiyero
prompting Andrew and JenniAnn to get really, really
maudlin... and ask Belle to please stay a baby.
Godspell- This would actually probably work.
Except they'd schedule performances for years and years,
hoping that would mean the Lead could stay physically with
them for decades. Aww.
Who Am I?
So back on the 20th, Past Assignments'
Day 2014 came and went but because it was an off time
newsletter-wise, I didn't get around to celebrating that
til now. Here's a lil trivia game. Answers are
the names of assignments of Andrew's both from TBAA and
Dyeland stories. At the bottom, I have an answer
pool but if you'd like to make it more challenging, don't
scroll past question 10 and play without the pool.
1. Andrew once worked as my
lawyer when I was on trial for the murder of a man who
only wanted to help me out and give me a
2. You can at least partly blame me for the reason
Andrew seldom wears shorts. I may have enticed the
guy to jump off a building. Oops.
3. Andrew hired me to be in his show! An
actual Broadway musical!!! If only my mother could
be happy for me...
4. Following a near death experience, Andrew helped
me to realize that life was about more than writing up a
list of good deeds in an attempt to get into Heaven.
5. While his friend was having a bad day, Andrew
helped me make peace with my son in the wake of my wife's
6. Andrew and our friends helped me find my way back
to God after losing my son. Then, years later, I
helped Andrew welcome his little girl!
7. I got to spend time roaming an art museum with
Andrew. He was incredible and helped me make peace
with a recent diagnosis.
8. Andrew lived in my basement for a while and was
there when the Countess returned!
9. I got misled... horribly misled... by a maniacal
cultist who I even considering marrying. Thankfully,
Andrew and his friends were there to help.
10. I currently make him feed me and change me and I
wake him up at all hours, sometimes for no reason at
all. I also spit up on his clothes and hair. I
am, after all, a baby.
This newsletter is
dedicated to John Dye for inspiring me to plant some
daffodils. I really, really hope I see them
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by an Angel and owned by CBS Productions, Caroline
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