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 Post subject: A question on a script
PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2013 9:23 am 
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Guys, I'm currently in rehearsal for Oklahoma, playing Jud Fry again, and there's a line that's been bugging me.

" Last time I saw you alone, it was winter, with the snow six inches deep in drifts when I was sick. You brung me that hot soup out to the smoke house and give it to me, and me in bed"

It just seems wrong to refer to snow six inches deep as "drifts". Should that be six feet? Or is it more that Oklahoma doesn't get much snow, so six inches would be considered drifting?

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Are you playing Judd?

Oklahoma is one of my favorite musicals...and it is the Musical that defined the American musical for years to come.

Anyway...I never thought much about that line. But 6 inches of snow CAN drift, certainly, especially if there is wind. I have a book with the original script....I will check it now....

ETA: yep....it says "6 inches deep".

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That's weird, though, because you wouldn't normally talk about 6 inches of snow drifting. That's not very much. :scratch:

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I agree, unless that is the point of the line (e.g., that people in Oklahoma aren't used to snow). Having lived for eight years in Washington, D.C., where the whole city went into a panic at so much as a dusting of snow, I have some sympathy to the idea of rolling my eyes at people freaking out at a small amount of snow.

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Actually (now remember I'm from Canada) in flat rural areas, six inches of blowing snow can make some pretty deep drifts, usually exactly where you don't want them.


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All I can add is that the lines are original to Lynn Riggs "Green Grow the Lilacs", on which Oklahoma! was based...

ETA: Bearing in mind the story is set in a rural 1900, a 6 in (15 cm) snowstorm will make some unplowed roads impassable, according to Wikipedia

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Cool! Thanks guys. And yeah, I'm playing the bullet coloured growly man :)

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What a great role. :love: I love that musical. I was in the pit orchestra when my university put it on. You know it's a great musical when after weeks of rehearsal, you still aren't tired of the music.

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Elentári wrote:
Bearing in mind the story is set in a rural 1900, a 6 in (15 cm) snowstorm will make some unplowed roads impassable, according to Wikipedia


But there is a big difference between a six inch snowstorm, and six inch drifts. In a six inch snowstorm, you would expect drifts of several feet at least.

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Voronwë the Faithful wrote:
Elentári wrote:
Bearing in mind the story is set in a rural 1900, a 6 in (15 cm) snowstorm will make some unplowed roads impassable, according to Wikipedia


But there is a big difference between a six inch snowstorm, and six inch drifts. In a six inch snowstorm, you would expect drifts of several feet at least.


Oh well, pardon my ignorance...I thought the number of inches referred to the amount of snow that has laid. Image

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Just watching the 1999 production with Hugh Jackman last night, and Shuler Hensley changed the dialog to "six feet deep".

Here's me an Laurey at the Press Launch:


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Great pic; you sure have her looking terrified!

Elen, my understanding has always been that six inches of snowfall refers to the amount that consistently covers the ground, whereas drifts are where the wind blows and snow gathers in considerably higher amounts.

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< edit to save bandwidth >

Wow, I wouldn't want to get on the wrong side of that guy.


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Love it! :)

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Laurey don't seem too fond of bein' in your grip.

I'd love to see this. Your singing voice can be so dark, and that's perfect for Jud.

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That pic makes all the self defense moves I learned in a long ago Kung Fu class run through my head. The ones about what to do when someone grabs you from behind. :help:

The sequence was: jump into a squat to pull them off balance, twist a bit and land an elbow in the solar plexus and then send a fist to the groin. Then as they bend over, jab eyes with fingers and run.

We practiced it so much that I suspect it will be a preprogrammed sequence in my brain forever after. Except I think I'd balk at the eye part now. Maiming someone for life might be a bit much.

Anyway, that's what that picture brings to mind.


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Might ruin the play too...

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Ooohhhhhhh-kla-h...er, well. That escalated quickly.

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Might ruin the play too...


:rofl:

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That escalated quickly.


Like the "Viking Hamlet" some friends of mine did once. Got all the way to the scene in the Throne Room, and as soon as Claudius addresses Hamlet, the prince yells "You killed my father," hacks his skull in two with an ax, and storms off. A few beats later, Ophelia goes "Long live King Hamlet?" and everyone cheers.

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