Solve A Problem Like Maria

Canada’s decision will be guided by Andrew Lloyd Weber and his expert panel of judges: Andrew Lloyd Weber’s musical supervisor, Simon Lee, vocal coach Elaine Overholt, and West End and Broadway leading man, John Barrowman.

Once cast, Canada’s Maria will immediately join rehearsals for the fall 2008 Webber/Mirvish presentation of Wales Theatre in Toronto, Ontario.

And once I had seen those hymn-like tunes rendered so memorably on celluloid by the same Julie Andrews, I was well and truly converted.

A formidable feminine figure had entered my pre-adolescent consciousness, someone I don’t recall back then as being cold or priggish.

She climbs a tree and scrapes her knee Her dress has got a tear She waltzes on her way to Mass And whistles on the stair And underneath her wimple She has curlers in her hair I even heard her singing in the abbey She's always late for chapel But her penitence is real She's always late for everything Except for every meal I hate to have to say it But I very firmly feel Maria's not an asset to the abbey I'd like to say a word in her behalf Maria makes me laugh How do you solve a problem like Maria?

Solve A Problem Like Maria

Many a thing you know you'd like to tell her Many a thing she ought to understand But how do you make her stay And listen to all you say How do you keep a wave upon the sand Oh, how do you solve a problem like Maria? When I'm with her I'm confused Out of focus and bemused And I never know exactly where I am Unpredictable as weather She's as flighty as a feather She's a darling!

Many of things you know you'd like to tell her Many of things she ought to understand But how do you make her stay and listen to all you say How do you keep a wave upon the sand?

All five of these methods of conflict resolution are valuable.

Typically, we will prefer one over others but we often use many or all of these methods. Just because Maria is on the other side of the conflict, she’s not all bad.

But, if your preferred method doesn’t seem to be working for you with the Marias in your life, the beauty of this is that you can learn to take another approach with Maria. A good friend in the counseling profession once told me, “If you’re not having conflict, you’re not growing.” I’d like to extend a special thanks to Sarah Bush, Doctoral Candidate in Virginia Tech’s Department of Agriculture, Leadership and Community Education for introducing us to the Thomas-Kilman Instrument and sharing her expertise!

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