Friday, March 27, 2009

Drama Queen

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4 of 8 spent her days last week at Drama Camp, a five day extravaganza of script writing, plot pruning, costume designing, singing, dancing fun.

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And I have to admit, I was a little trepidatious about turning 4 of 8 loose on the stage. I didn't know how she would feel in a boisterous group, trying to listen for instructions. I didn't know if the camp counselors had experience with the hearing impaired. And I didn't know if 4 of 8 would get a little shy on stage, if she would clam up.

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Silly me.

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She loved it. She reveled in it. She stayed in character, she made the crowd laugh.

I definitely think she has the bug now. She's says acting is better than soccer.

That's a big wow.

And of course, the whole experience was sweetened by the fact that SH, 4 of 8's spectacular BFF, was also at the camp and is a veteran of song and stage. She showed 4 of 8 the ropes, she encouraged 4 to not hold back, to act full-out, to project, to enunciate.

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Have I mentioned how much I love this kid?

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So we learned a lot last week. We learned that 4 of 8 can grab hold of a character and sell it. We learned that people understood her just fine. We learned that best buddies in real life can have a ball being social opposites on stage. We learned that seeing 4 of 8 act on a public stage makes us a little teary-eyed.

Oh, and I learned one more thing...

It is really, really hard to discreetly nurse a flailing 22 month old whilst sitting in the audience in a theatre designed in the round.

Just thought you should know that.



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