They May Be Only High School Students, But…

Some time ago(probably in the late 60s or early 70s) the Beverly Hills High School performing arts dept. produced a recording of Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s Carousel.  This is a recording worth listening to.  Granted that the orchestra is a “mixed bag”, but individual acting performances are outstanding.  Alan Harrison, who plays Billy Bigelow is a gifted performer with a good singing voice.  His duet with Julie Lloyd has real pathos, and other performers shine as well.  Sandra Schlechter is an amiable and perky Carrie Pipperidge, and Andrew Kulick an understated villain.  On the whole the choral numbers are sung well, and there is some good playing from the orchestra as well.  If you can get this recording, please listen to it, and be surprised at what high school students can do!IMG_0321

About Robert M. Weiss
From an early age, I've taken great pleasure in reading. Also, I learned to play my 78 player when I was quite young, and enjoyed listening to musicals and classical music. I remember sitting on the floor, and following the text and pictures of record readers, which were popular in the 1940s and 50s. My favorites were the Bozo and Disney albums. I also enjoyed watching the slow spinning of 16s as they spun out tales of adventure. I have always been attracted by rivers, and I love to sit on a boulder with my feet in the water, gazing into the mysteries of swirling currents. I especially like inner tubing on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. Since my early youth, I've been interested in collecting minerals, which have taught me about the wonderful possibilities in colors and forms. Sometimes I try to imagine what the ancient Greeks must have felt when they began to discover physical laws in nature. I also remember that I had a special passion for numbers, and used to construct them out of stones. After teaching Russian for several years, I became a writer, interviewer, editor, and translator. I continue to delight in form, and am a problem solver at heart.

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