Thursday, May 29, 2014

WHAT IF ANNE OF GREEN GABLES WAS A MUSICAL

I like classic books, and I like musicals. What if I put them together to get WHAT IF _______ WAS A MUSICAL. Yeah! This will be awesome!!!

Some things you should know:
1. I really like Gene Kelly/Julie Andrews/Danny Kaye/Dick van Dyke/Bill Cosby, so one of them may be forced into every musical.
2. I really like tap dancing.
3. Although this is not really a dream casting, I may, you know, insert people that are required.
4. I will be using songs from musicals that I know. Feel free to comment alternatives!
5. I NEED YOUR SUGGESTIONS

Onward. First, Anne is an orphan and red-headed. Little Orphan Annie is an orphaned and red-headed. Annie Oakley is red-headed!! Coincidence? I think not. This should be pretty easy then.

Well, obviously someone has made a musical already. Shnapsies! 
Well, this musical is completely my own, except for the above picture and any others I find.

Synopsis: Peculiar orphan girl Anne Shirley tap dances her way into the hearts of the people of Avonlea. 

The show starts at the orphanage, where Anne is singing "Tomorrow," the day before Mrs. What's-her-face (I don't feel like looking her name up and she's not that important anyway) comes to get her.

 I think I would skip the drive scene, and just have Anne run around Green Gables and sing something like "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here." Mrs. Lynde would be properly horrified and sing the phone song from "The Best Christmas Paegant Ever". Except if they didn't have phones, she would just talk over fences and at Ladies Aid meetings.

That night, in her room Anne would maybe sing a reprise of "Tomorrow"/"Maybe".

That day when Anne hits Gilbert on the head and is humiliated, she could sing "Just You Wait Gilbert Blythe!" Then the rivalry song. "Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better!"

Later, Rachel and Marilla could sing all their worries about Anne in "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Anne-girl?"

When Anne goes to Diana's aunt's house, she charms her with "I Could Have Danced All Night!"

Julie Andrews as Miss Stacy singing "Getting to Know You"!!! I think yes!!

When Anne and Gil make up, they would dance/sing "You Wonderful You" or any other non-cheesy love song.

Instead of being good at speaking and reciting, Anne would be good at singing and dancing. It would drive Marilla crazy at first to hear her feet tapping all the time. Anne's show pieces would probably be really showy ones like "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile!" and "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious"

I think it would end with Anne and Marilla singing a final reprise of "Tomorrow"! After Matthew's death and with the watcher not knowing whether Anne is going to college or not.

That's how I think it would go. What songs would you use?




Monday, May 26, 2014

Classics Club: Anne of Green Gables

Ok, so I know my Classics Club isn't supposed to start until June, but technically it was supposed to start in the summer, and it's summer!!!  Anyhoo, I am reading the Anne series this summer. And AOGG is the first book. SURPRISE!!!



Before I start this review, 2 preliminary things. First my copy is an old version from Walmart. Walmart used to sell classic books at 2 for $1! If the owner of Walmart happens to be reading this, please do that again!!! (Walmart.com now has some classic books for $2.) The whole Classics Club would adore you!! Secondly, an explanation on why I am not writing more on the plot and why this book slightly annoys me. To me, this first book is like a tourist attraction. Everybody reads it and there are so many film versions amd retellings of it that it is almost boring to read because you have heard it so many times. (Notice I said almost) But, it is a great book about a girl who changes those around her and herself. However, because I already knew the story so well, I kind of skimmed some parts. The rest of the series should be better because I have not seen quite as many retellings of them. Therefore, because everyone knows what this book is about, I'll just give my opinion on a few different points. Mainly characters

1. Anne
At the beginning of the story Anne talks too much. There I said it! I know, I know, she wouldn't be Anne unless she talked but she doesn't talk as much near the end and she still is Anne, just more enjoyable. That probably comes of her changing(see below). However, I just find the constant chatter a wee bit annoying.

Anne does change drastically, and I find this really satisfying. Her maturity near the end amazes me. I am sixteen, and I cannot imagine living by myself in a boarding house for a whole school year. She is teaching school at sixteen!!! Anne seems to gain this quiet strength throughout the novel. Also she drops great optimistic quotes.



2. Gilbert
Ok, so the reader can tell Anne obviously "likes" him, however that doesn't make the feud less enjoyable. I did think it was wrapped up way too quick though. Like all of a sudden, he tips his hat and voila! they're best buds!! I also enjoyed the rivalry because I have experienced some of those on a smaller scale and they are great motivators!! 

3. MnM
Matthew's death is touching, more so with his special connection to Anne. I found the parts amusing when he was afraid to talk to women. "Have you any-any-any- well now, say any garden rakes?"

This was made by Miss Amy Dashwood at Yet Another Period Drama Blog.


Marilla was kind of stubborn but thankfully she finally told Anne that she loved her. I feel bad for Anne, trying to please Marilla all this time and never knowing that she was loved by her. Oh and Marilla always trying to stick in a moral was funny. However when Anne was going to tea at the manse, she really hit on a good one. "You should think of Mrs. Allan and what would be nicest and most agreeable for her."

4. Miss Stacy/Mrs. Allan
Correct me if I'm wrong, but did Miss Stacy ever get portrayed in "first person." I mean she seemed like such an influential character, but I only remember people talking about her, never her talking. Which is a shame, for I would have liked to know her better. 

Also, Mrs. Allan seemed like someone I would want to be. She was so friendly and compassionate and gave Anne great advice.

5. Mrs. Lynde
I have a love/hate relationship with Mrs. Lynde. She is a big busybody who should really keep her mouth shut because words can do irreparable (apparently that's how you spell that) damage. And she talks almost as much as Anne!!! However, she does help Matthew and is sort of nice to Anne so I guess she's ok. By sort of, I mean she tries to help her but could change how she says things. It was funny when Anne remarked to Marilla that whenever Mrs. Lynde told her something was wicked, she always wanted to do that wicked thing. Then Marilla agreed!!

6. Diana
Diana is what I think of as a true friend. She's always there for Anne and supports her. She encourages her and they talk about deep things together. 

Also, parts of this book were funny. Like when Anne is explaining her school story, and the hero can't swim, but he forgets that and jumps in to save the girl, and they die clutch in each others' arms!!! Anne kind of reminds me of Catherine Morland in Northanger Abbey.

I don't specifically remember this quote, but it's good 
whether Anne said it or nawwww. 
(That's for my VCA peeps ;) )


This book was pretty good considering what I told you preliminarily. I can't wait to get on with the rest of the series!!!


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hullo Summer


Why hello there Summer!!! You've finally come!!! I can't wait to swim, earn money, and go to camp!! I've been waiting so long for you! It's time to reveal how I plan to use you:

1. I plan to make time everyday to spend talking with God. I already do this, but sometimes I don't make time for a good fellowship.

2. I plan to run a few times a week and work out more consistently.

3. I plan to start getting back into algebra on Khan Academy because, as much as it pains me, you will end and I will be staring at an Algebra 2 book for nine months.

4. I plan to practice voicings and scales on the piano, as boring as they are. I also plan to learn new fun songs and to sight read.

5. I plan to continue learning Russian, my first second-language, and get ready for Spanish 1 next year with Duolingo.

6. I plan to learn how not to be a total dunce in Photoshop. Get ready for wallpapers and photobombs.

7. I plan to continue to learn JavaScript on Codecademy and hopefully finish the Code Year.

8. I plan to post on A to Z at least once a week. 

9. I plan to read the AOGG series, A Tale of Two Cities,other books on my Classics Club list, and hopefully get introduced to Miss Elizabeth Gaskell.

10. I plan to HAVE FUN!!!!

Thanks for finally returning!!
Sincerely,
Ashley

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Greetings and Salutations!!!


Greetings and salutations! My name is Ashley and I am of the age when one realizes how fortunate they are to have a governess to give them dry clothes. (In case you don't get that reference, I am sixteen going on seventeen :D )

The blog title is A to Z because originally I was going to write a post about a topic starting with a letter of the alphabet every week. Well that got boring. 

So I decided I'll write about books and other random stuff, and since you write with letters, the name can stay. 

There will probably be posts on things like musicals (Gene Kelly, Danny Kaye, Dick van Dyke, and of course Julie Andrews), Macgyver, The Dick van Dyke Show, The Cosby show, music, Gaither Vocal Band, tumbling, random sports stuff, computer programming, languages, hashtags, funny Pinterest stuff, Jane Austen, classic book reviews for the Classics Club, and basically whatever else has caught my fancy.

So yeah here goes my random ramblings! Hope you enjoy the show!!

P.S. Maybe you've noticed that this blog has been up for a while without any posts. I was waiting for summer, so without further ado SUMMER!!