Saturday, April 2, 2016

Here for the Gold

M's third quarter after-school drama class put on their culminating musical performance yesterday afternoon: Here for the Gold.

There were about 55 kids involved, from first to seventh grade, and after an awesome audition, M was lucky enough to score a {little} speaking part as a narrator. 

The director did such a great job of getting everyone involved- tons of solos, acting roles for the older kids, narrators, a special dance number for several of the girls, pantomiming the stories the narrators told.  Almost everyone got to do something special.

Plus, throughout the whole show (which was set up like a webcast recording studio- v. cool, with up-to-the-minute pop culture references and hashtags) whoever wasn't upfront was on the risers, performing the "podcast's" musical numbers.

M loved it. Afterward I asked him what his favorite part was, and after a minute of thinking, he laughed and said "All of it."

Truthfully, I could see fatigue settling in about 40 minutes into the show- he was barely over his pneumonia, and they'd had a full dress rehearsal immediately beforehand, so he'd been going for over 2 hours at that point.

But the final number was enough to perk anyone up.  They sneakily slipped on colored finger flashlights, flipped the house lights off, and wowed us with a musical light show.

I'm a sucker for the "moment", and this was it.  You could see it on the kids' faces.  They were so proud.

I'm so thankful for opportunities like this for my kids.  The stage is one place where being a talker with too much energy can be a valuable thing.

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