Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas Show

Today is the big day of the Christmas show, and I have to confess to being impressed at how unfazed A seems at being on stage. She loves to perform, and doesn't seem to have the paralyzing pre-show jitters that incapacitate a person like me. In fact, she's almost casual about it, though excited, and the more she does it, the more it just seems to come naturally to her.

Last year she was in the chorus and she got to perform a duet with another girl, and she was so excited. She did a fabulous job, but more importantly, she was calm and collected. I would have been terrified, but that's the difference between a real performer and one who just plays one on TV. This year she landed the role of Frosty the Snowman, probably the only dramatic part in the show. She is eagerly anticipating the performance, as are we.

The chorus leader, CS, has done an amazing job putting together the show, sacrificing her time during this busy time of year. It is a huge burden, and she's going to school and finishing her thesis in the next week or two. Even still, she put together this ambitious program and at first, I have to confess to being a bit cynical and thinking she might be biting off more than she could chew. Not only were there many more songs than last year, but there are costumes, props, choreography, dramatic elements, and the kids even had to learn sign language. And the leader, CS, as well as the pianist, L, are both singing in the adult choir. Talk about dedicated. Then again, that's what makes this such a great community, so many people willing to step up and take the reigns.

Now we can't predict how the actual performance will go, but for the record, the dress rehearsals have been fantastic. The kids are doing a great job and no matter what happens, they should be proud of the job they've done. My skepticism has been invalidated. Everyone is so proud of them.

Last year the kids all got flowers, a single rose with a ribbon as I recall, which I thought was a really nice touch. The problem is, I don't know who arranged it, and I don't know if they are doing it again this year. We might have to take the reigns on this one, though it's just more responsibility in the midst of so many other things that need to done, but how can you not make the effort in light of all that other people have done?

We'll see where this one goes. Until the next time, thanks for reading, and thanks to weatherbox for the pic.

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