Perhaps the term "stage production" may be a bit overboard, but it was actually a very well done little show! The team of 2 actor/directors from Missoula Children's Theater arrived Monday afternoon at the school to audition the kiddos, selected their cast (of Elementary-aged kids, mind you!), then immediately started rehearsing. By Saturday morning they had an amazingly well-oiled machine and all 60-some kiddos hit the stage for 2 really fun & entertaining performances of "Red Riding Hood".
If you can't tell, we were just a smidge excited about this whole thing. Mommy & Daddy, being the big fat nerd-o super theater geeks we are, could barely contain our pride when she landed the role of... Raccoon #6.
Yep. Stardom is her destiny.
Anyone who's ever met Asha can attest to the fact that she was born ready to be a drama queen. Like a reeeal big one. With a huge imagination, a love of playing dress-up, propensity to randomly burst into song/rhyme, and the vocabulary of your average English Literature doctoral candidate. Reality generally tends to elude her. So we figured she'd be pretty comfortable up there on that stage, pretending.
She sang, she danced, she looked like a deer in the headlights. (Err... raccoon in the headlights?)
Once onstage, she was so stoic, subdued, & mature, I barely recognized my own offspring (maybe that was just the mask?!) She didn't forget one single line and appeared confident in the choreography and song lyrics: but nothing more, nothing less, than EXACTLY what she was told to do by the director. WHAT!?! WHO ARE YOU!!!?? (*what Shanna doesn't know is that we've secretly replaced her regular 5-year old with a decaf version*) But when it came time to shake her little booty-tail in the raccoon dance... now, that was epic. This was where that giant twinkly-eyed smile spread across her face and her inner bustamove really shined through! She sold it.
|Ta-daaaa! Those costumes were absolutely darling!|
|The little Raccoons (K-1), she is 3rd from left in the back row|
|Robin Hood (Center, in green) was probably my favorite child-actor ever. Casting perfection!!|
Bam Bam attended the early performance, sat still and silent (I know, right?!), fascinated by the whole deal. I should say, silent UNTIL... the moment big sister came on stage, when he'd point out: "There's Asha! Right there! She has zebra shoes! I see her! DO YOU SEE HER!!!!???" I feel we may have another little theater geek on our hands with him too, as he has been singing Red Riding Hood songs all week, after only watching one performance! The whole production was an excellent learning experience for Asha, and a fantastic source of enjoyment for our whole family!
|The whole cast of Red Riding Hood|
|The best "Nanny" on earth|
|And a very proud Mommy gets a smooch from her big girl.|
And don't forget to wash your hands!