American Girls Revue Part 1: Imagine

When I was a girl, the AG Place in Chicago was located a block away from where it is now. Inside the old Place was a theater where you could watch the historical characters come alive. It was called the American Girls Revue. It was a musical written by Gretchen Cryer (these words you will see are not my own) and music by Nancy Ford, and after I saw the show (one of my friends was Kirsten in the show) I bought the soundtrack and memorized the songs. Since that was so long ago (Kit had just come out and Kaya didn’t even exist!), my dolls decided to bring it back again and re-enact it. I know that if I really wanted to do a good job with it, I should make a stop motion with the songs being sung on youtube, but, I”m lazy and I’ll let someone else do that. So here is the blog version of it. This is the video if you’d like to listen to it:. It starts off with the girls as modern characters who go back in time and retell the historical characters stories.

Imagine

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Molly: Okay everybody, the meeting of the American Girls Club is about to begin!

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Today, we’re each going to tell a story about our favorite American Girl.ย  That way we can introduce all the American Girls to our new club member, Laura!

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Okay, lets show Laura how we play American Girl.

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Felicity: You have to imagine what it was like to live in another time. Like Felicity, she lived in Williamsburg Virginia back in Colonial times.

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Kirsten: Back then, you traveled by horseback through any kind of weather.

Felicity: And one time, Felicity was caught in a storm, and the wind was blowing really hard and the rain was blinding her! You have to imagine that!

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Kit: That must have been scary!

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Felicity: Yeah!

Imagine thunder, you hear it crack!

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Kirsten: Purple storm clouds, you can’t turn back!

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Felicity: Imagine lightening as it splits a tree! Imagine riding through the storm!

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Kit: And how scared you’d be!

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Kirsten: Or imagine Kirsten, she was a pioneer living in the woods in Minnesota.

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Sam: And back then, they didn’t have electricity so you had to study at night by candlelight.

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Kirsten: And in Minnesota it gets really cold in the winter. Remember when Kirsten and her dad rode in a horse and sleigh to a town a few miles away and there was 6 feet of snow!

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Sam: That would take all day to get there!

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Kirsten: And then, on the way home, they got lost in a blizzard! Imagine you’re going to freeze to death if you don’t find a way home!

You’re nose is freezing! 16 below! You’re eyes are blurry from the blinding snow. The wind is howling and it’s hard to see. Imagine getting lost,

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Kit: And how scared you’d be!

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Josefina: But it’s not all scary stuff! Like imagine Josefina on a rancho in New Mexico!

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Molly: Baaaa!

Addy: That’s Sombrita, the little goat!

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Josefina: Imagine sunshine in Santa Fe, the sound of wagons from far away. You hear them coming,

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Felicity: It’s a caravan!

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Josefina: Bringing presents from a far off land!

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Felicity: You can live on a rancho,

Sam: You can wear a rebozo!

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All: You can travel in time, anywhere!

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Kirsten: You can be a pioneer!

Molly: And explore the wide frontier.

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Together: You’re imagination can take you there!

Molly: Hoo! Hoo!

Kirsten: Ribbit! Ribbit!

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Addy: Imagine Addy and her mama escaping slavery during the Civil War.

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There’s just the North Star in the blackest night.ย  A hoot owl hooting, you hold on tight.

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Then something rustles; you’re scared to death. Don’t move a muscle,

Just hold you’re breath.

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Sam: Or imagine it’s 1904 and Samantha is having tea with her grandmother.

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Felicity: And Grandmary’s very strict!

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Sam: Uh huh! Take a dainty bite of a petit four; You’re wearing petticoats and a pinafore. Minding your manners, speaking when you’re spoken to, Leaning to curtsy as all young ladies had to do.

{ This excerpt of Kit’s was added to the musical after this CD was released. I found it on the bonus features of the Samantha movie:

Kit: And imagine you’re Kit Kittredge and your father’s lost his job and you’ve taken on boarders to help pay the bills. And you’ve started your own newspaper: The Hard Times Gazette!

Miss Kittredge here reporting from her office in the attic, The house is full of strangers and I can’t say I’m ecstatic. The roof is leaking floor is creaking, Stirling’s always sick. And Dad is looking for a job. I hope he gets one quick.

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Molly: Then imagine it’s 1945 and WWII is over at last!

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All: Imagine music, a marching band.

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Drummers drumming, a reviewing stand. People cheering you can hear the roar:

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Hooray for the USA! We’ve won the war! Hooray for the USA! We’ve won the war!

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Josefina: You can live on a rancho.

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Addy: You can have a fandango.

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Both: You can travel in time, anywhere.

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Sam: You can have friends in to tea, be as proper as can be,

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Josefina: And wear a big blue ribbon in your hair!

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Both: You’re imagination can take you there. Anywhere!

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All: Imagine! Imagine!Imagine!Imagine!Imagine!

That is the end of the first song. I”m planning to do 8 more, but if this is boring, and you don’t want me to do 8 more, just let me know in the comments and I might scratch this project.

-Heather

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About jackylina

Hi, I'm Heather (the human) and Jacky (the doll) wanted us to start a blog together about all the dolls in my room. I collect 18"dolls such as American Girl, Carpatina, Magic Attic, and Kidz n Cats. I love dressing them up and creating photo stories for you to enjoy! I'm a Christian and you will see a Christian influence in this blog because I can't help glorifying the Lord!
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8 Responses to American Girls Revue Part 1: Imagine

  1. Wow! Outstanding! I never went to AGP in its earlier days so I really appreciate learning about the AG experience in its earlier days. Your friend was KIt? So cool!
    Can you tell me about the clothes the girls are wearing that say AG Club? I haven’t seen that before. Jen

    • jackylina says:

      Sure! American Girl offered memberships to the AG club where if you joined you would get a club kit and a Girl’s Guide, you could also purchase exclusive club items like doll clothes or clothes for yourself. If you want to look at all of it go to http://www.agplaythings.com/Club/ClubExclusives.html. Kirsten and Molly are wearing exclusive Revue outfits, it’s what all the girls wore in the show when they were their “modern character”. My friend was actually Kirsten. If you look up the American Girl’s Revue CD on amazon, you’ll see the girls wearing the outfits.

  2. Think about submitting the pic of Sam in the purple club outfit to Doll Diaries before TBT. The TBT theme is retired purple outfits. Your photo essay is too good to keep to yourself!!

  3. Morgan P says:

    That’s fun! I think I’ve seen pics of this play before. I wish they still did it.

    -Morgan

  4. Sunny says:

    This is really cool! I have the American Girls Revue CD and I thought it was neat to see your dolls re-enact the play! ๐Ÿ˜€
    *Sunny

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