The Library Circus came to town and Amara stole the show!
What a whirlwind it has been. I am so proud of both Amara and her Mommy. Amara did a wonderful job of learning all of her lines. (She had the most!) She was born to play this role! But I’m extra proud of Jenna (my amazing daughter) for orchestrating the whole thing. She has spent the last 2 weeks getting this play ready and it was amazing to watch it all come together.
She had a blast creating Amara’s Barker costume. Most of it came from different Etsy shops and she spent hours finding the perfect pieces. Or at least we thought they were perfect. The striped shirt was so cute but it was made of that silky polyester fabric that all shirts in the seventies were made out of and it would not stay buttoned! (safety pins!) The little black velvet vest had the cutest buttons but was at least two sizes too big. We took it in and it looked very cute, especially with the black sequined bow tie she found. It all went perfectly with her black pants and her black knee high boots! BUT the best part of course was that hat! That hat was fabulous!
The programs were a family effort! Jenna had created little survey forms for each of the students to complete with questions like name, age, favorite food, what do you like to do and what do you want to be when they grow up. Justin, Amara’s Dad and part-time author, took these forms and created bios for each of the students. Amara’s bio read:
When she isn’t gathering audiences, our barker Amara favors creative expression in fashion and art. She loves reading and watching movies. One day she hopes to be an Interior Designer.
He put a lot of time and thought into making each of those 29 bios entertaining and special. The audience enjoyed reading them as they waited for the show to begin. He is such a wonderful and involved Dad. I laid out the whole thing in Photoshop including thumbnail photos of each of the students next to their bios. I had lots of proofing help from Jenna and Justin. What a work of love they were by all of us. Jenna even found some special paper to have them printed on!
I watched them all as they got their make-up put on. One of the Mom’s used to be a clown for kids parties. She was in charge of the makeup, both getting it on and off. Plus she isn’t much bigger than most of the 2nd graders and she had helped outfit the clowns. Most of the other students were dressed as animals and each of them looked so cute in their animal costume. Some of them had been purchased. Many of them had been made or were handmade costumes from some other event. One Mom made 3 of the dog masks without a pattern! SO cute! These Moms were all so great. And I got to be part of it! I was there from the first planning meeting, to rehearsals and through all four shows. For both shows on the second day I was assigned the job of CostumeChanges/Children Wrangling along with one of the other Moms backstage!
The first show was Wednesday morning for a huge room full of students. These kids did 4 performances in two days! The “big” show was Wednesday night for all of the parents, family and friends. I was so glad they were doing an evening performance so that Grampy and Amara’s other grandparents could all be there. She had her very own cheering section. The house was packed! All of students had a little bit of butterflies beforehand and there were some gasps when the curtains first opened and they saw how many people were sitting out there but it didn’t faze them. They all did a wonderful job. THEN there were two more shows the next day — one at 8:45 and one after lunch at 12:45. This meant everyone had to change out of their costume for class and lunch and then back into their costumes — and we pulled it off! They were great. They were exhausted. We were exhausted. It was a huge success!
Each time the play ended Amara’s teacher thanked all of the students for their hard work. Amara has gotten another wonderful teacher this year and she worked hard on this production. She thanked many parents individually for their contributions as well as thanking all of the parents for being so supportive. Then she gave a special thank you to Jenna for being her Assistant Director and Classroom Cheerleader. She talked about how without Jenna’s endless hours of help, her daily email correspondence with the parents about what was needed and how they could help, the play would not have been what it was. I was so proud of her. On the Wednesday evening performance she presented Jenna with a bouquet of flowers. I had tears.
Grandma had a wonderful week!
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