SCENES FROM THE WCLV BLOSSOM BROADWAY BABIES EVENT
On Saturday, September 1, the winners of WCLV Blossom Broadway Babies competition gathered at the Blossom Music Center for the Rodgers and Hammerstein on Stage and Screen program featuring music and film excerpts from six R & H landmark musicals - State Fair, Oklahoma, South Pacfic, Carousel, King and I and Sound of Music. Conductor George Daugherty and the Blossom Festival Orchestra accompanied Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones, John Keer, Deborah Kerr (really Marni Nixon), Julie Andrews and Yul Brynner as they sang such Broadway favorites as Oh, What a Beautiful Morning, Oklahoma, If I Loved You, Younger than Springtime, Shall We Dace, and Do-Re-Mi.
The eighteen WCLV winners and their guests were greeted by Bill Rudman, host of WCLV's Footlight Parade, and WCLV constumed staffers Jacqueline Gerber as Bloody Mary from South Pacific, Bill O'Connell as the Mother Abbot from The Sound of Music, and John Simna as Curly from Carousel.. Each winner and guest received mini-costumes depicting characters in the musicals. At intermission, all received refreshmens from the Kulas Plaza. At the beginning of the program Bill Rudman introduced the concert and George Daugherty from the Blossom stage. The attendance was one of the largest of the 2007 Blossom season.
Here is a sampling of photos from the event:
The WCLV check-in table at Blossom
Music Center. (l to r) Jean Conrad
(Robert's wife), Bill Rudman, and
Brenden O'Connell (Bill O'Connell's
Two Bloody Marys, on the left, a WCLV contest
winner, the other, WCLV's Jacqueline Gerber.
Bill Rudman chatting with a Blossom
Broadway Babe, who obviously drew
one of the mini-nun costumes
representing The Sound of Music.
At the left, Jacquelie Gerber as
Jackie (Bloody Mary) Gerber.
Two WCLV Blosssom Broadway Babies
Jacqueline Gerber assists a WCLV Blossom
Broadway Babies winner don the
mini-costume representing Curly
of Oklahoma. In the background, a
most imposing Mother Abbot from
The Sound of Music.
(L to R) WCLV's John Simna,
Theresa and James Rauchfleisch
of Westlake, Bill Rudman
Mimi and George Bobritsky with
WCLV's Bloody Mary, otherwise
known as Jacqueline Gerber.
A fan takes a cell phone picture of
Bill Rudman and the Mother Abbot from
The Sound of Music as they enjoy a libation
at Blossom's Kulas Plaza.
SOME GENERAL SNAPSHOTS FROM THE INTERMISSION AT THE KULAS PLAZA
MORE PICTURES TO COME