Last weekend was my first visit to the Filene Center at the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts! Alissa and I went to see Singin’ in the Rain — with live music performed by the National Symphony Orchestra. Even though fat clouds loomed all morning, we decided around 2pm to go for it: we bought lawn seats (meaning: uncovered “seats” on the ground).
It started to rain about five minutes later.
Stalling, we went to Whole Foods for wine, olives, and gourmet popcorn and then out to lunch at Cava Mezze Grill (excellent gluten free options!) and, miraculously, it stopped raining! Fast forward to our arrival at Wolf Trap: we staked out our spots on the lawn, poured ourselves glasses of wine, and generally congratulated ourselves on a job well done.
It started to rain about ten minutes later.
When the conductor, Emil de Cou, appeared onstage, he announced that he’d heard from the National Weather Service that the rain would be ending soon (cheers from the lawn!), but until then they’d call this production Sittin’ in the Rain (groans from the crowd).
The rain started to pick up and Alissa and I slowly became drenched (rain coats and umbrellas can only do so much) — to our credit, not once did we even consider leaving.
Shortly after the intermission, the rain stopped — right before that song you might have heard of started.
Here’s our view of the orchestra and the screen for the movie — not bad! (Green lady!!!)