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GentlyWoman
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Posted on Tue, Feb 08, 2011 22:22

Happy almost Valentines Day to my favorite believers. I've been so gone that I wanted to drop in to say hello and tell you what I've been up to! I just finished, on Sunday, as large production of Les Miserables, which I've been rehearsing for since October. It was tiring, with rehearsals almost every evening, but, as always, well worth the effort. A huge succes, played to audiences of 2000, 50 cast members and an amazing 20 piece orchestra. We were met with hopping ovations at each show. Our conductor, Dan Earl, is a gifted icon in these parts, and the director, Scott Van Der Horst, created a magical hybrid of concert and drama. But there's more... This was a student production, noone on stage over 19, and represented more than 20 schools in 3 counties. Both my sons were cast, and my oldest landed a major supporting part. This is my bazillionth show, but their first, and also the first time we have ever performed anywhere together. I was the rehearsal pianist and performance synthesist, my score consisted of about 45 instruments and sound effects. Sitting in the pit, I faced the conductor directly, back to the stage, but I could occasionally turn to watch them, swelling with pride and joy as my sons, along with their cast-mates, delivered poignant performances night after night. The pit chuckled at each performance, since, when my son was singing, I was beaming and sometimes audible. There was no doubt in anybony's mind which ones were mine, lol. I'm posting a photo of my oldest son, in his solo spot during "The Night". This life-changing experience has just now, in the last few months, shown him his own talent and inspired him to continue with acting and vocal coaching. I'll take some credit there...I begged them to audition. I would have bribed the director, but he saw their talent without my shinanigans :) And...that's pretty much that, lol. Back to life, I suppose. But I've missed chatting here and wanted to check in and say that it's been a ride for a while, aI'm utterly exhausted, and am very happy with so much of it :) I hope you've all been well and that you are thriving and finding love and the happiest of times.

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Curious2078
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Posted on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 19:47

Quoting GentlyWoman:

I'm posting the show for the sweetest details. It's long, but so worth it, the video was a professional piece itself. Thanks to you all...I was and am most definately proud, and not in the I-did-it way.


Posting it where? When? Where do we go to see it?


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Posted on Fri, Feb 11, 2011 16:26

It sounds so cliche, but it is wonderful to enjoy your children while you can. They truly do grow up much too quickly. You may be exhausted now, but what better reason than to be actively participating in your children's lives? Thank you for giving us a little glimpse.


The reward of a thing well done is to have done it. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Posted on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 23:34

I'm posting the show for the sweetest details. It's long, but so worth it, the video was a professional piece itself. Thanks to you all...I was and am most definately proud, and not in the I-did-it way.


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Posted on Thu, Feb 10, 2011 19:45

Your son is gorgeous!  I too am happy that you had such a good time.....it is extremely important that we enjoy our children and celebrate their accomplishments. 

 

Congratulations!  And I wish I lived closer too....I would have paid to see this show!...LOL!



"The best way to predict the future....Is to create it."

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Posted on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 17:49

Hello, friend. Sounds wonderful. Congratulations. I've been wondering what you were up to. So glad to hear it's good things. Pat


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Posted on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 16:42

Hi GW, nice to see you here again. Glad to hear that you are having a wonderful time. I wish, I lived closer: I love theater, and enjoy either professional or student productions, and would have loved to see a production involving your family! Happy Valentine's Day!


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Posted on Wed, Feb 09, 2011 14:41

...congratulations!!! I Imagine the importance of the event and a well-deserved pride! Nice pic!


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