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The Show Begins
My Uncle Jim took me to all the Broadway shows in New York City, and I was star struck! Actually he wasn’t my real uncle – that’s just what we called him. He was a close friend of my parents. He was a bit stocky with red hair, (A) ______.
I remember the theaters on Broadway, (B) ______. The curtains were made of this real heavy, dark red material. There were huge chandelier lights hanging from the ceiling. The walls were dark, paneled wood. The seats were red and cushy (C) ______.
The orchestra sat at the base of the stage in a pit. I usually went down to the front to see the musicians (D) ______. They were all crammed into such a tiny space. I played the flute myself and my dad kept encouraging me that if I kept it up, (E) ______. But truly, I didn’t want to be tucked away down there. I wanted to be on top, front and center.
Most people dressed rather finely, and certain fragrances took center stage as various women passed by. The sounds of the audience (F) ______ at their seats were clearly heard while last minute patrons filled in. There was electricity in the air and then the lights would go down and up, and you knew it was time for the show to get started. The lights dimmed. The music began. And you were swept up into a whole new world. I loved it!
- I could be playing down there someday
- and set real close together
- which were so old and posh
- and he had a beard and moustache
- I wasn’t that good at music
- getting ready and warming up
- laughing and chattering away