As soon as anyone mentions “Auld Lang Syne,” you probably start singing it in your head. The tune has long been the song for the new year. But where did it come from, and why do we sing it as the ball drops at midnight on January 1st?
A Brief History
“Auld Lang Syne” roughly translates to for old times sake in Scottish. The earliest known history of the song dates back to 1788 when Robert Burns sent the poem to Scots Musical Museum indicating it was an ancient song. While Burns claims he did not write the song he was the first to put it on paper. It became a favorite song in Scotland and was sang during several occasions from weddings to the New Year, but it wasn’t until 1928 that the old Scottish song became famous around the world.
Credit for its worldwide popularity can be given to the band Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians. Lombardo was raised in Ontario which was founded by Scots. This made him well aware of Scottish history and of course, the famous poem Burns put on paper. Auld Lang Syne was one of the bands popular songs, and when it hit the airwaves, the world was hooked.
“Auld Lang Syne” Meaning
Though the old tune has been around for years, the meaning of the song is why it is so significant for the New Year. Auld Lang Syne is about reminiscing old friendships and looking back over the events of the past year. It asks the question, “Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind?” In other words, should we forget all past acquaintances and move on or remember for old times sake? The song offers reflection and hope for a better new year.
New York New Year’s Eve
We won’t forget about our LDTC acquaintances old or new in 2020, and invite you to spend New Year’s Eve at the LDTC. Sing Auld Lang Syne with us during New York New Year’s Eve doors open at 6:00 PM we count down to the New Year at 10:00 PM (Midnight New York Time).
Have you ever been curious about how we put up a show? Or what things are important for actors and directors in a rehearsal process? Want to learn more about theatre in general? Introducing the Lake Dillon Theatre Company Mini-Series, where we take you behind the curtain to learn more about what we do and why.
In episode 1, we explore the rehearsal process. Stay tuned throughout our entire theatre season for 5 more episodes.
The Cakeopens March 15, 2019, at the Lake Dillon Theatre Company. We sat down with the cast members to learn more about why they are excited about the show! Today we hear from Nina Waters, a summit county local and LDTC full-time staff member who will play the role of Macy.
What most excites you about coming back to Summit County and the LDTC?
Well seeing as I live here all the time, it’s nice to be able to be on stage again in a play. I’ve spent most of the past 2 years working full time in a staff capacity and only onstage in cabarets, and prior to that, I was on stage by myself in Pretty Fire. So it’s nice to be in a play with other people again!
What can audiences expect when they come to The Cake?
To laugh, to cry, to maybe question your beliefs and to see a perspective from a point of view that you may not have expected.
How do you relate with your character?
Oh, IN. SO. MANY. WAYS. Macy is a lot of me and some more. She is always trying to stand up for the little guy, the underrepresented, and that’s maybe because she sees a little of that in herself. Much like me, I’m always playing the devil’s advocate. Trying to push the envelope, and sometimes forgetting when it’s best to just quiet up and listen.
What is most exciting about being in The Cake?
The cast is so fun! I’ve worked with almost all of them at some point, which is really nice to come into a rehearsal room with people you know and trust.
What is the most Challenging?
Other than the 11 day rehearsal period!?!!? I would say keeping it fun. Playing and activist type character like Macy, it’s hard to not always go for anger or disillusionment. There is joy and love, and so many more layers to this character so being able to play in those moments is sometimes easy to forget.
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