Sunday, October 25, 2009

Shakespeare in Love

So Midsummer Night's Dream was gorgeous, in every respect. My two carried themselves beautifully, bien sur! Daughter and her BFF, another 5 year old, wooed and won the audience easily. Son was on stage a bit more as the changeling boy, and also did well. We (I, and mom of daughter's BFF) spent the first three of the four productions (and all rehearsals) in the green room, getting the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern view of the production. It was lovely to be out front and actually see it all from the flip side. It was great spectacle.

And now, we have bona fide theater brats. This minute, they are creating a three-ringed circus, in PJs. Daughter is tech designer and props manager. She has taped elaborate cutouts from construction paper to the legs of chairs tipped upside down. Son has balloons, and a stick. He is trying to kick balloons from a handstand position. He says all he needs now is a hula hoop, and fire, and he'll have a ring of flame... I think they are applause junkies, but have locked away all sources of fire.

And a thank you to wonderful teachers: Mrs G, the kindergarten teacher of our two five year olds (and both their older brothers) who came on Friday night and stayed to adore them for ages after the show, which is why we adore her too; Mrs S and Mrs T, the second- and fourth- grade teachers of both brothers, who also came and were generous with their time. The kids felt so proud to have their own comp tickets to bestow, and felt even prouder when their teachers came. Thank you so much for giving so much!


  1. It sounds so great! I think my four-year old daughter would love drama. My son, too, maybe. And I'm so impressed at the time you seem to have put into the event! I may sound cliche, but I'm not sure how you do it!

    Glad it went so well.

  2. Thanks! My daughter is an absolute character at home, and then gets "shy" in public, so it was quite a feat that hubby tapped into her "inner ham" for the stage. The cast finally got to see her true character after a couple of weeks in her company as well. Son acted in Alice in Wonderland in his kindergarten year and handled it with aplomb. I don't think I do it well, at times. I'm running around today miserable that we have lost (I hope not) a hand-embroidered bag, and with son's library book in it to boot, possibly several days ago at the YMCA. I can't believe I could walk away from it... but we have had quite a bit of chaos the past week!