Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Addie and Bella: the musical

We recently added the 1982 version of the musical Annie to our movie selection. It was one of my very favorites as a little girl. Don't you love this movie?  For a few days after each viewing, I'm pretty certain Adelaide things she's living in a real life musical.  Every thing she says is sung to the tune of "Maybe".  Everything rhymes and falls in the same cadence as the lines: 

Betcha he writes
Betcha she sews
Maybe she's made me a closet of clothes

It's absolutely precious and makes me smile uncontrollably.  The girls have a entire new world to stage their imaginary play in.  The mystery and wonder of an all girls orphanage with a cruel head mistress has been the reoccurring theme lately.  I catch Addie and Bella playing with toys and someone is ALWAYS Mrs. Hannigan.  They've been sweeping the floors and skipping about with "Hard Knock Life" as the theme song.  "Let's go to the movies" is another favorite.  They love that Annie falls asleep at the movie theater. To the girls it must seem absurd that one could fall asleep in a movie theater!  It's the movies!!! The popcorn!!!

Arabella's favorite song is "Tomorrow" and she's always singing it but sometimes she gets confused and sings  "The Next Day".  We always have to remind her how it goes.  As a side note Bella has reached in and grabbed a special little spot of Justin's heart because she's decided that she NEEDS to see Star Wars in the movie theater with her Daddy.  Star Wars is big in our house.  You can only begin to imagine how huge this is for my husband.

The girls love movies almost as much as their Daddy.  In the past few weeks Justin has taken them to the movie theater in Addis Ababa to see Ice Age 4 (a story that didn't need to be told) and Madagascar 3 (excellent).  It's been pure luck these children's movies have been showing at noon on Saturday.  Now every night Bella says she wants to go to the movie theater with Daddy.  It's kind of become a Daddy daughter thing.

What other movie musicals would be appropriate for Addie and Bella at this age?  I am loving this sing-song life we are leading.  It needs to continue.


Melinda Renee said...

Oh, girls after my own heart! Sound of Music, Gigi, American in Paris, Oklahoma might be a little dark right now, Singin' in the Rain- of course- just about any other Gene Kelly movie, and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Rogers & Hammerstein's Cinderella, and of course the Disney classics. *grin*happy sigh* Just know that you will raise the girls to have unreachable expectations of finding athletic men who sing & dance... I'm convinced that's why I'm still searching for "Mr. Right"... *wink*grin*

Megan said...

Annie is one of my all time favorites too! I currently own a copy. I recall singing the songs during our recreations. Another favorite was Newsies, but I'm not sure if they'd be interested.

Kathleen said...

I second the recommendation for R&H's Cinderella, the original version not the awful remake with Brandy. Also The Music Man is great!

Sara said...

Wonderful suggestions! I knew two of my singing friends would have great ones. I will look up the R&H Cinderella. They will love that. I think they might be a tad young for some of the other choices but still need to add them to the library for later!

Thanks ladies!

Daniela Swider said...

That's so fun!!! We haven't seen Annie yet but our daughter loved the Sound of Music and Mary Poppins.

Sara said...

We have Mary Poppins too and that's a favorite as well!

Bfiles said...

have you seen Rio? We love this movie and the music is divine.