CW201: Technology and Digital Media to the Poor, Papal Mistranslations, and the Sound of Music

Angela Sealana —  December 7, 2013
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John Clem, Maria Johnson, Billy Newton, Jeff Nielsen, Angela Sealana, Sarah Vabulas

Christmas carol and chicken wing wars; frightful weather; bringing technology and digital media to the poor and homeless; Pope Francis’ digital media challenge; Sound of Music Live; More Papal Mistranslations and Misunderstandings; Roads to Conversion.

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3 responses to CW201: Technology and Digital Media to the Poor, Papal Mistranslations, and the Sound of Music

  1. Wow! I saw thing much differently during NBC’s “Sound of Music”. First; When I heard that they had planned a live broadcast I said, “Wow, this hasn’t been done in decades. That’s pretty gutsy.” So I gave NBC a couple of “Thumbs Up” just for committing to this project. That evening I tuned-in about 15 minutes late, but I was immediately drawn-in. OK, Carrie Underwood’s acting was a bit weak, but I thought that the voices were all great, and the supporting character, Max, played by Christian Borle, was extremely well done. The Von Trapp children were wonderful.

    But here’s what had me in tears. I never saw the original stage production. I remember vividly seeing the film with my mom, dad and sisters. I would not have known there there was a substantial difference between the two had I not watched the NBC production, and the staging of this story emphasizes much more clearly the reality of the persecution of Catholics by the Nazi regime in Germany. I had to ask the question, “Has NBC decided to do this at this time to emphasize the current persecution of Catholics in America?”

    OK, maybe I got a little too carried away with my emotions. The production company which brought this to us live, Storyline Entertainment, is not a particularly pro-Catholic production company. They were founded by, and are operated by today, two “openly gay” men (according to Wiki). Their history is very impressive, but not leaning in our direction. (But, of course, their first major film was “Footloose”, one of my favorites.)

    At our current point in history, anytime a major media organization produces entertainment which so thoroughly projects a pro-family, pro-freedom, and pro-Catholic message, we should applaud and say, “Thank You”.

    So could we have a little less snarkiness please. I give Carrie Underwood many kudos for being brave enough to take on such a difficult performance.

    • I think it is very difficult for most people to look past the Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as the Captain (even though I found out later that his singing voice was dubbed over, but that’s a topic for another discussion), which made even the thought of NBC staging this a hard pill to swallow. However, one really must look to the fact that: 1. This is a remake of the Broadway musical, not the movie; 2. This was broadcast live to the Eastern and Central Time Zones (replayed for the others). I agree: it was a gutsy move on NBC’s part to do something that hasn’t been done in decades, but look at the result: they got the viewership, and some people are clamouring for more like this. I was also live-tweeting this as I was watching it, and I really was astounded at all the hate being bandied about. Sure, neither of the leads had experience in Broadway, and it showed in their acting and possibly their out-of-breath singing (consequence of weak acting) but their voices were pretty good, and the Broadway veterans put on a great show. It’s too bad the acoustics weren’t any better and that perhaps the overall performance may have been improved had there been a live studio audience, but despite all that, I think it was a good showing, overall. I give kudos to those who were involved in this production, and I hope to see others like it in the future.

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