Friday, June 12, 2009

Lesson: Give the people of Vermont what they want.

Name: Margaret M. Age: 97.  Subscriber Number: 51.

LB: Dorset Theatre Festival, this is Laura.

MM (high-pitched, crackly old woman voice): Yes, hello, is this Dorset Theater Festival?

LB: Yes.

MM (great relief): What musical are you doing this year?

LB : This year, we’re doing “Marry Me a Little,” a Sondheim musical revue about two lonely people waiting to find love.

Confused pause.

MM (great surprise): You aren’t doing “Altar Boyz”?

LB : No, we’re doing “Marry Me a Little.”


MM (escalating panic): But “Altar Boyz” is very popular.

LB : We decided on “Marry Me a Little” instead.


Long pause.

MM (accusingly): Did you at least CONSIDER “Altar Boyz”?

LB : We thought about it, but went with “Marry Me a Little” at the eleventh hour.

Long pause, laden with disappointment and barely concealed anger.

MM: That’s a shame.  Goodbye.


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