At the end of the first week, I peeked in for a few minutes. "Now, don't be afraid, mom. When the show starts, they will pull the house lights down and it will get dark. The house lights are the lights where the audience sits." That's right, they learned even theater lingo and technical terms. In fact, the children were involved in every aspect of the production from makeup, choreography, set design, vocals, lighting, costumes...the whole nine yards. What an experience! In fact, upon leaving the set for the last time, Gracie thanked Mr Thorsky, program director, for the "glorious" experience.
As a mother, I finally felt the thrill and pride my mom must have experienced as she watched her kids involved in something worthwhile and fun. Mom was usually involved in whatever we were doing; volunteering in some way - scouts, cheerleading, etc. She was so proud and supportive of our efforts. I know what she was feeling; now I understand her joy.
I just can't say enough good about the summer enrichment program and the drama camp. It made me want to invest my time and energy beyond multiple trips to the theater. I wanted to dive in head first and support the kids. I recently saw this somewhere and it fit the situation: Those who can, do. Those who can do more, volunteer. =) So, I earnestly helped with tickets and organized the cast party to show my appreciation for the efforts of the children and those involved in making the camp a success. Can't wait til next year. Annie, here we come!
|Grace & the cast of CATS|
|Bustopher Jones. Gracie loved hanging out on the car.|
|Fifi and Old Deuteronomy|
|Fifi and the Great Rumpus Cat|
|Munkustrap and Fifi|
|Skimbleshanks, Fifi, and Rum Tum Tugger|
|Gus, the theatre cat, Skimbleshanks, Fifi, and Rum Tum Tugger|
|Jennyanydots and the lady bug bunch|
|Fifi with the triumphant Siamese Kittens bringing Growltiger to justice!|
|Ballet teacher, Ms. Teresa, came out to support her dancer girls in CATS!|