Friday, October 16, 2009

Showstoppers Pictures At Last!

At last! Showstoppers pictures!

India introduced herself and spoke briefly about the Diabetic Youth Foundation, and her passion for Broadway music. Then she started off the show with "Putting It Together" from the musical "Sunday In The Park With George."

Next up "Past the Point Of No Return" from "Phantom Of The Opera". In addition to our Phantom and Christine, we had 6 tango dancers. We were so blessed to have a marvelous dancer, Mary, choreograph some of our numbers.

Don did an amazing job as Tevya from "Fiddler on the Roof!" Not only was he perfect for the part vocally, but he danced like a crazy man!

While this song is NOT from a Broadway show, it was certainly a "Showstopper" in every sense of the word. The kids in the choir and drama departments are all pretty hooked on the movie "Robin Hood: Men in Tights" and so they insisted on performing the song "Men in Tights". This left me to make 10 Robin Hood costumes! They are not great sewing, and yes, I used felt. But they looked great and the kids had the dance spot on!

My favorite song of the whole show, or at least one near the very top of the list, was when India and Laurissa sang "Defying Gravity" from the musical "Wicked". They were incredible!!! This song, especially, makes me cry. I am overcome when my beautiful takes command of the stage and sings "And nobody, in all of Oz, no wizard that there is or was, is ever gonna bring me down!" That is how she feels about her diabetes! This disease is not going to stop her. She will not let it! Makes a mama proud!

Then we had "Chim Chiminee" and "Step In Time" from the musical "Merry Poppins". Our Mary and Bert looked just like the original characters! And our chimney sweeps were hilarious!

Dean and Carol Chilecoat represented the Diabetic Youth Foundation and shared about the fantastic and live changing programs that we strongly support.

Ok, please forgive me for just writing the rest in one clump. Blogger is giving me problems and I am tired of fighting it.
Somehow I lost the picture of Ahnalin singing! She sane "Castle on a Cloud" from "Les Miserables". We were not exactly sure she would do it, but she did! She came out on the arms of the other girls in the cast and sang out with all that was in her! She commanded the stage just like her big sister! Woohoo!

The first song of the second half was "Seasons of Love" from "Rent" and was sung by the entire cast. I LOVE this song! India and Erin sang beautiful and soulful solos.

Then came "A Whole New World" from "Aladdin" and then I sang a favorite song from an obscure musical called "The Civil War". This musical is really gorgeous but is unusual in that it is rather serious. It did not last long on Broadway, but is filled with many wonderful songs.

Then came "Find Your Grail" from Spamalot! This was hilarious! The kids performed the scene with the knights and King Arthur as the Lady of the Lake appears with the grail. Funny!

The last real scene was "No One Is Alone" from "Into the Woods". We had both the Baker and Jack, as well as Little Red and Cinderella. This was touching and sweet and sad. And again, my India did a lovely job. Our set designer built trees!

Then we had "I Just Can't Wait To Be King" from "The Lion King". I ended up sewing outfits for Simba and Nala, as well as the top with tail feathers for our Zazu. The kids did really well with the dance and song. Amazing energy to actually project while dancing!

The final song was "Do you Hear The People Sing/ One Day More" from "Les Miserables" and really is a call to action for continuing the fight for a cure. While the song is really about the war in France, it fits our cause very well.

And then the kids reprised "Seasons of Love".

As a very proud mama, I can say that India worked very, very hard to make her dream come true. She solicited the help of the best musicians, tech people, and a great cast. She led rehearsals over the last few months with strong leadership and excitement. This had to have been the hardest and longest project of her life and SHE DID IT!!!! She succeeded!!!!

We have not paid out all the reimbursements yet but we hope to have our donation ready by the end of Fall Break, and will send it off to the DYF.

Thank you all for your support. The show was a huge success!!!!

Now......This week, we are off to Sparks to visit my family, and FINALLY get to meet my yummy niece Cherish!! WOOHOO!!!

1 comment:

Tabitha said...

Oh that was such a lovely looking night...congratulations on her huge success!