Friday, March 23, 2007

You've got to pick a pocket or two

Our twelve-year-old son landed his first solo, a verse from the play Oliver, at his choir concert last week (he did great, by the way!). Ever since he started rehearsing, everyone in the house has been singing, "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two, BOYYYZZZ. You've got to pick a pocket or two!" complete with faux English accents and "man" voices, just like big brother.

As you can imagine, we have a stunning variety in levels of musical and verbal ability around here, and an even more stunning imagination for substituting "picked" items in the song (think: "nose.").

Last night I overheard my husband tucking in our three-year-old girl. They were singing, just like brother, in their very best baritone. (Her version is happily, "You´ve got to pick a pocket of toys," which she says, "toyth.")

"I thound like a boy!" the little one said. Was she disppointed, or secretly proud of her new bold, Broadway sound?

"No, you don't," said Daddy. "You sound like my precious little girl!"

Regardless of her motive, she seemed cheered by this, and they continued singing away. A little tickling didn't hurt.

At the next break, Daddy asked, "What do I sound like?"

There was a little pause, then she blurted out: "You thound like a GIANT!"


Anonymous said...

Congratulations on the solo! Oliver was the first musical for me. I was one of the workhouse boys (they had kids instead of boys). Great memories!

Susanne said...

Love it! Congratulations on his solo! I've loved Oliver since I was a kid and in fact quoted from it yesterday. :v)

A family that sings broadway together stays together. :v)

Beck said...

AW! I love Oliver - and you must be so proud of your son.

Deborah said...

Oliver was the first CLO (Civic Light Opera)musical that I saw. My grandma thought I needed a little culture I suppose and she took my sister and I when we were young. I have loved it ever since...and still sing the songs!

Lately we have been watching the BBC movie w/ our kids in small increments (it's very long!). Even though they are only 5, 8 and 9 they really are enjoying it!

So anyways, a huge congratulations on the solo. I think I love school productions better than any other. Wish I could see it!

Your 3yo sounds too cute! Don't you just love when one person's interests become a family affair?!
I love it!

Unknown said...

My sweet little boy talkth like that, too.

Elise @A Path Made Straight said...

Oh-so-cute! :)
Congrats on the solo - what a guy!

Gina Conroy said...

Great gig! Last year my boys were in the musical Oliver (as Oliver and Dodger) and it was both a dream and nightmare.

It was an awesome experience, maybe your sons headed for the stage, too!