Pippi Longstocking by Astrid LindgrenIm in bed - again -today with some type of nasty bug - a relapse from last week...a traveling flu bug? cold? allergies? Its now in my chest...
Right when Im reading the interview on Goodreads from Fredrick Backman about his new-HIT- novel BEARTOWN - my doorbell rings. A delivery guy brought a huge vase of flowers from our daughter, Katy. Tomorrow is Mothers Day! (sweet daughter)
Paul got the door - brought the flowers to the nightstand next to my bed. I told Paul what I had just read about Fredrick Backman. ( brought back memories for us)
When Backman was asked what his favorite books were, he said....his biggest hero is Astrid Lindgren who wrote Pippi Longstocking and his favorite book of all time The Brothers Lionheart.....,( a book Im now curious to read myself).....
Paul and I immediately started thinking about our daughter who played the title role of Pippi Longstocking in the world premiere Bay Area musical when she was 11 years old. While looking at my mothers Day flowers from our 35 year old daughter.... Fredrick brought back an abundance of memories.
The copy of this book is packed away in a keepsake box. Its filled with lots signatures from cast members... congrats- luv notes from mom & dad.
The play was performed at The Montgomery theater - downtown San Jose. Tons of production work went into a new pre-premier musical.
In the opening scene ....Katy had those red funny looking braids in her hair -A red and white striped T-shirt.... Red and white striped leggings... and roller skates on her feet. The stage was empty... The opening musical number begins with her skating onto the stage singing a very catchy solo tune - long run-together-rhythmic- sentences singing - while skating - that she is Pippi Longstocking, The strongest Little Girl in the World...
The play followed the book - plus music. -- Great story... with a monkey - a horse - and two best friends. Great cast - fun show - lots of happiness from everyone.
There is one very sad part of this memory. About six months after this show ended - the director ( not musical director), died of AIDS. It was the very first person that our daughter knew who died of AIDS. He was a young talented wonderful man. Before he died...( a couple of weeks before)..... there was a huge life celebration in Dons honor. Don was in a wheelchair at Vasona Park. Families and friends, people in his theater world kids in the Pippi show all came. I remember like yesterday. Still brings tears to my eyes. -- so.... Pippi was the last play he directed too!
If I had not read The Goodreads, interview with *Fredrick Backman*, today ( mail backed up for weeks)....I would have missed this recall memory....
Thank you .... for those who read this.
Wishing ALL THE CARETAKERS of children ... and Mothers everywhere a HAPPY MOTHERS day tomorrow!!!!
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Pippi Longstocking is the main character in an eponymous series of children's books by the Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. Pippi was named by Lindgren's daughter Karin, who asked her mother for a get-well story when she was off school.
Most 8-year-olds spend their days watching cartoons, learning multiplication tables and playing outside. In fact, she was the girl most 8-year-olds wanted to be. Nilsson was Pippi. Today, the audition process for movies and auditions is tedious at best. Actors, regardless of age, are expected to have a manager or agent to help legitimize their standing in the film world. Resumes are printed. Headshots are professionally taken.
Sign in. After her father's ship is carried off by a sudden storm, the spunky Pippi Longstocking is stranded with her horse, Alfonso, and monkey, Mr. Nilsson, and takes up residence in the old family home, which is thought by neighborhood children to be haunted. Soon, two children, Tommy and Annika, venture into the house only to meet up with Pippi. The three soon become friends and get into various adventures together, including cleaning the floor with scrubbing shoes, dodging the "splunks", going down a river in barrels, and helping Pippi with the problem of having to go to a children's home. Older children will probably get the most out of this movie. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!