Every year Viola's elementary school puts on a full musical production. They are amazingly professional and all the kids work incredibly hard. It all happens through teachers and parents and kids volunteering to do everything from painting sets to painting faces to holding choir practice and multiple rehearsals. This year, they did one called Wonderland based on 'Through the Looking Glass'. Viola played the part of the Red Queen and she was just fabulous. I know I shouldn't brag but I was swamped by people telling me how wonderful she was. And she was. She was entertaining, she was bold, she was funny- mostly, she was just Sassy with a capital S! I'm just so impressed with how much she has accomplished this year already and this was the cherry on top.
We found her voice this year. We never thought she was much of a singer or even interested in singing but started to see we needed to do something with her in that area if she was going to pursue the acting that she loves. Turns out that she has this big, beautiful, HIGH voice and she just needed the right person to pull it out of her. Now she is working on material from The Sound of Music and the like with one of the voice instructors that teaches alot of the girls from SF Girls Chorus(Audrey is really extraordinary).
She took an acting workshop at ACT in the city and got an excellent review from her teacher, especially on her final piece which was humorous and, again, SaSSy. She loves to make people laugh and doing that through theater and drama is such an amazing thing for her.
Anyhow, her very biased mother felt like she totally stole the show!
One of my contributions to the play this year, and in several years past was to be the photographer. I feel lucky to have been allowed to capture a little piece of the magic that these kids (and teachers and lots of helpful parents) made. Slide show coming soon, but for now a quick peek- through the looking glass... *wink*
Sometimes it is difficult to believe that I have been blessed to be the mother of such an amazing and vibrant daughter. All I can think right now is that it is going by far too quickly for my taste and I want to savor every fabulous moment.