Saturday, December 11, 2010

Countdown to the Holidays: Winter Performances at School

If you have a school-aged child, you already know that one of the things you need to fit into your holiday schedule is school performances. Whether it's the Kindergarten Winter Celebration or the High School Music Department Holiday Concert... and everything in between.

At our Middle School this week, we had the Chorus and School Band performances on Tuesday night. My son is in the 7th and 8th grade band - he did a wonderful job as did the rest of the musicians and singers.

This weekend is the Drama Club production. They chose THE TEMPEST by William Shakespeare as their Winter performance. Last night was the Opening Night - - and it was wonderful.

Watching the rehearsals, I really never thought the play would gel the way it did - all of the actors and actresses learned their lines and learned to project and did an outstanding job with a pretty difficult piece of stage craft.

The younger kids (like my daughter) were cast as magical sprites, non-speaking but important roles in setting the atmosphere as otherworldly and magic. I volunteered to help with makeup for all three nights, and to face paint as many of the sprites as I could.

My daughter and her friends had a blast. They were so jazzed up when it was over that the energy was palpable in the cafeteria even before they started eating the sugary after-party treats.

One night down, two more to go.

What performances have you attended this holiday season?

Stage and Tech Crew
Director Jim Byrne gives last minute instruction
Some cast members in the green room, prior to curtain

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