Saturday, May 26, 2007

Well, Hello

Well, Hello!
I haven't written in a long time. I wrote earlier this month, but I haven't felt much like returning since then. I don't know exactly what to write about...maybe a lecture on memories? Writing? Animals? Oh, I know!
I recently went to see a play that my friends were in. It was called Surprise Engagements. I really enjoyed it! It centered around the Calhoun Family, at the beginning of the Civil War, in Virginia. The family included several sisters, cousins, four brothers, and Colonel Calhoun. His oldest son is in his regiment.
The story opens on a ball, where about eight or ten couples are dancing the Virginia Reel ( a dance my friends recently badgered me into learning; it was a lot of fun!).
I think the ball scene was mostly used to introduce characters and their personalities, as well as set the romance possibilities for the whole play. Bea Lamar (cousin) has two romance possibilities: Sergeant Sean Dunnagan and Lieutenant Jeb Richards. For the time being, she goes with Jeb. Sean Dunnagan really does like Miss Lamar, and ends up writing Jeb's letters to her for half the play. Jeb pretends to be good at writing to please Miss Lamar. The youngest Calhoun, Tennessee, isn't introduced until the second scene, where he scares all the girls in the room with his frog, later being reprimanded by his older sister for messing up her knitting, where young Tennessee replies, "I was just wooking for my fwrog!" Tennessee was a fantastic character that gave the whole play spice and pep. The two brothers, Thomas Jefferson and Callum, are introduced in the first scene, where we find out that they desperately want to be soldiers. Their father, of course, doesn't want this for his two younger boys (probably about thirteen and fourteen) but he insists that they stay at home to watch over the girls. In scene two we glimpse their boyish character by seeing them sword fight with each other. Both prefer being the Rebel, and both enjoy killing the Yankee. (The play was entirely sympathetic to the south.) In scene 3, Sean and Jeb are sitting around a campfire, where Jeb is trying (without success) to write to Miss Lamar. This is where Sean starts to help him, taking over Jeb's letter writing. One of the younger sisters, Ruthie, is in love with her friend's brother, who dies a few scenes later.
The whole play is filled with mystery, suspense, humor, and romance. It was delightful to go to, and some of Tom and Callum's lines were hilarious! (Not to mention Tennessee, Millie, and Sergeant Daniel Briggs, Tennessee's Yankee soldier.)
This home school group is fun, and they are all splendid actors, giving witching performances. To see their website, visit I give this play five golden stars, and a rating of ten out of ten. Great job every body!
Anna Elizabeth Hedges
PS History Geek said that the play should get a lot of credit for sticking up for the south. I give them five golden stars for that too, and a 10 out of 10, 10 being the highest. Go South! South ROCKS man! :)

1 comment:

historygeek said...

Thanks for the review! I realy think that the play deserves a LOT of credit for speaking up for the south.