Sunday, November 23, 2014 07:11pm
North Adams, MA now: 45 °   
Send news, tips, press releases and questions to info@iBerkshires.com
The Berkshires online guide to events, news and Berkshire County community information.
SIGN IN | REGISTER NOW   

Home About Archives RSS Feed
The Mom Review: Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Tanglewood
By Rebecca Dravis On: 10:58AM / Monday August 25, 2014
Important
0
Interesting
0
Funny
0
Awesome
0
Infuriating
0
Ridiculous
0

The witch might have been wicked, but the Boston Pops were nothing short of wicked awesome on Friday night when they accompanied a screening of 'The Wizard of Oz' at Tanglewood.

Editor's Note: This is the eighth installment of The Mom Review, a summer-long series of reviews of family-friendly theater, dance, art exhibits, etc., by iBerkshires Community Editor Rebecca Dravis and her 8-year-old daughter, Noelle, who hope to give you some ideas for summer family fun.

 

The first time I brought Noelle to Tanglewood, she was 18 months old. Needless to say, she doesn't remember the trip to see a family-friendly matinee orchestra concert with her cousins who were visiting from Oregon. 

Those cousins at the time were about the same age as Noelle is now, so it seemed appropriate to bring her back to Tanglewood this summer to experience a place I have loved since I was a kid growing up in Pittsfield.

Noelle plays the viola, so I knew she would enjoy an orchestra show, but I didn't think she had the patience to sit through a full-length "regular" concert. But when I saw that Tanglewood was hosting a screening of "The Wizard of Oz" with live accompaniment by the Boston Pops, I knew this was our best chance.

And it was amazing.

Last Friday was a lovely, if unseasonably cool, night in Lenox. The movie was scheduled to start at 8:30, which was a little late for a true family-friendly experience, but that didn't stop lots of children of all ages from attending. We arrived at 7:30 and I was surprised at how dark it already was; fall most certainly is approaching. Because of this, we didn't get a chance to explore the grounds as much as I would have liked, but we did walk around some before showtime. Noelle was the first to point out a particularly lovely view of the mountains from a corner of the grounds near the Tent Club.

We had seats in the Koussevitzky Music Shed. On our way to finding them, an older gentlemen usher stopped us and said he always stops the pretty young ladies. He proceeded to play a game with Noelle, prompting her to pick a fist for a treat, eventually giving her a butterscotch candy. It was silly and sweet and I loved how kind the ushers were.

As we waited for the movie to start, we tried to spot the orchestra's violas, which from a distance are tough to distinguish from violins. (OK, I'll be honest, violas are tough for me to distinguish from violins close up, too. They look like slightly bigger violins and since Noelle plays a tiny student viola, everything looks bigger than hers!) She delighted in seeing how many violists were in the production and vowed to bring the program to her viola teacher to show him, as they often lament together about the lack of violists in the world.

When the orchestra took the stage and the movie started, it was magical. I don't know about you, but "The Wizard of Oz" always brings out the sentimental sap in me. From Dorothy's love of Toto, to her concert for Auntie Em, to the poor flammable Scarecrow, the movie has the ability to make me tear up. (As an aside, I was afraid that having read the "Wicked" series would make me cherish the move less, but that didn't seem to happen on this night, which was my first viewing of the movie since finishing the books.)

And now, having seen it with live music, it will always have the ability to make me appreciate the score of a movie. Of course I knew all of the songs by heart, but until this performance I don't think I paid that much attention to how many other scenes in the movie were accompanied by music.

There is indeed no place like home, and I'm truly blessed to have Tanglewood so close to my home.

Now for Noelle: I really liked the live concert. It was cool watching everybody else play. Watching the movie was super cool. I liked the bathrooms and the gift shop. I hope to someday play my viola on stage at Tanglewood. I would love to play my viola to my new favorite movie, "West Side Story." I would definitely go there again.



2 Comments
     
News Headlines
Pittsfield Parks Light Up With Memorial, Holiday Events
Louison House 25th Anniversary Fetes Namesake
New Clark Exhibit Marries Contemporary, Traditional Art
Adams Hires New Town Administrator From Maine
Clarksburg Considers Two Possible Solar Arrays
Pittsfield Schools Grapple With Enrollment Drop
Williamstown-Lanesborough Tri-District Picks Interim Superintendent
Williams Volleyball Falls in NCAAs, Women's Basketball, Hockey Win
Mt. Greylock Announces First Quarter Honor Roll
Friends of St. Mary's Tour Endangered Pittsfield Church


Categories:
Archives:
August 2014 (3)
July 2014 (4)
June 2014 (1)
Tags:
Shakespeare & Company Colonial Theatre Family Event Jacob's Pillow Family Tanglewood Williamstown Theatre Festival Barrington Stage
Popular Entries:
Say 'Va Bene!' to 'Bleu!' at Jacob's Pillow
The Mom Review: 'Hairspray Jr' Energetic, Thought-Provoking
The Mom Review: Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Tanglewood
The Mom Review: 'Servant' An Over-The-Top Farce
The Mom Review: Shakespeare With a Side of Raunch
The Mom Review: WTF's Free 'Robin Hood' Is ... Well, Free
The Mom Review: Go See 'Cinderella' Disco
The Mom Review: Oh, The Places We'll Go
Recent Entries:
The Mom Review: Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Tanglewood
The Mom Review: Oh, The Places We'll Go
The Mom Review: 'Hairspray Jr' Energetic, Thought-Provoking
The Mom Review: 'Servant' An Over-The-Top Farce
The Mom Review: WTF's Free 'Robin Hood' Is ... Well, Free
The Mom Review: Shakespeare With a Side of Raunch
Say 'Va Bene!' to 'Bleu!' at Jacob's Pillow
The Mom Review: Go See 'Cinderella' Disco


View All
Wizards at Hoosac Valley
The Harlem Wizards faced off against Hoosac Valley staff...
St. Mary's Church Tour in...
Residents, business people, elected officials and Friends...
Williamstown's Mather House...
Traffic came to halt for several hours Wednesday morning as...
Girls Soccer: Nipmuc vs...
Although the Wahconah girls' season ended on Tuesday, its...
Boys Soccer: Belchertown vs...
Belchertown Downs Mount Greylock Boys in PKs
Football: Pittsfield vs...
Shade himself ended up taking it in from the 1 on third and...
Football: Turners Falls vs...
After completing the first-ever undefeated regular season...
Festival of Trees 2014
The Berkshire Museum kicked off its Festival of Trees...
Farmers' & Artisans' Harvest...
organic and handcrafted goods were sold at the special...
Football: Agawam vs Wahconah
The Wahconah football team was down eight points heading...
Girls Soccer: Granby vs...
Wahconah girls soccer over Granby, 1-0, for WMass Div. III...
Girls Soccer: Lee vs Gateway
The No.3 Lee Wildcats fell to No. 2 Gateway 4-0 Wednesday...
Girls Soccer: Sabis vs...
After coach Pat West called a timeout with 3 minutes, 19...
Hopkins Stops Lenox Boys in...
After getting through the rugged Berkshire County North...
Kershaw, Hirsch Lead Mount...
Down a goal midway through the first half of their Western...
Pittsfield Veterans Day 2014
Pittsfield observed Veterans Day with a parade and...
Wizards at Hoosac Valley
The Harlem Wizards faced off against Hoosac Valley staff...
St. Mary's Church Tour in...
Residents, business people, elected officials and Friends...
Williamstown's Mather House...
Traffic came to halt for several hours Wednesday morning as...
Girls Soccer: Nipmuc vs...
Although the Wahconah girls' season ended on Tuesday, its...
Boys Soccer: Belchertown vs...
Belchertown Downs Mount Greylock Boys in PKs
| Home | A & E | Business | Community News | Dining | Real Estate | Schools | Sports & Outdoors | Berkshires Weather | Weddings
Advertise | Recommend This Page | Help Contact Us | Privacy Policy| User Agreement
iBerkshires.com is owned and operated by: Boxcar Media 102 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247 -- T. 413-663-3384 F.413-664-4251
© 2000 Boxcar Media LLC - All rights reserved