Mobtown Murder Mystery!
This weekend it reached over 105 degrees in Baltimore. While many people chose to stay inside where it was air conditioned, a number of JMM staff (or their husbands) and interns (past & present) spent their time at the Druid Hill Park pool performing in Fluid Movement’s 2011 water ballet, Mobtown Murder Mystery.
Nope, we don’t do synchronized swimming under water with our feet in the air.
So then what is a water ballet? Think of a musical play. You know how all of a sudden the entire cast spontaneously bursts into a song and everyone magically knows the words? Well, instead of singing, we’re swimming.
And things go on from there. Gail ends up at a club called the Boom Boom Room where flirty girls (and guys) perform a USO inspired number.
The scene ends with a live rendition of “Davey’s Little Dinghy.” I’ve had this song stuck in my head all weekend, so when I came to work today I started checking out some of our photos of old timey bathing suits.
Could one of these men be Davey?
Then I remembered this wonderful wool bathing costume, complete with wool stockings!
Suddenly, performing a perfect pinwheel while wearing purple and chartreuse doesn’t seem that outlandish.
Perhaps Gail Force attended the Sorority Guild Fashion show before selecting her costume?
If you recognize anyone in this picture, please contact me. Maybe they want to join next year’s show?
Lining up around the edge of the pool is pretty common at the water ballet, too.
In Mobtown Murder Mystery the “sparkly and ironic” cast faces a type of “discrimination” from Sam Hoe, who believes that the pool should be used for lap swimming rather than water ballet. In reality, Jews were frequently banned from public pools.
Don’t worry! You can still see Mobtown Murder Mystery this weekend at Patterson Park Pool. Show times are Saturday July 30 at 6 PM and Sunday July 31 at 5 & 7. For more information go to www.fluidmovement.org