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"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly." Richard Bach

Monday, June 14, 2010

Drama Mama

Over the last three years, due to logistics, money, and timing; my search for drama classes for my girls were to no avail.

"God gives us dreams a size too big so that we can grow in them."  ~Author Unknown

I really prayed about this as it had been on my heart for some time.

I found (or rather God plopped into my lap) an American Girl Theater Production kit at a friend's yard sale entitled, Check Under the Bed.  It included basic instructions, six scripts required for six characters, prop suggestions and was approximately 30 minutes in length.

I didn't think much about it until Abigail (then 9) waltzed through the house reciting her lines for the next couple of weeks.
After reading through it, I was determined I could accomplish this.

"What ever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve."
Napoleon Hill

Besides, Abigail had almost all her lines memorized and I couldn't let her down.  I think she has acting in her blood and she also did a terrific job casting the actors.

Here she is as Carlotta Vandepepper.

 The kids were very involved with the entire production, made many of the decisions, and had great ideas for props and costumes.  They really worked as a team and it was humbling to see them pull together and move toward a common goal.

                                           Scene 3: Ms. Peabody faints

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

 My dear friends (and fellow mamas), Kimberly and Beth, helped with directing, sound, props, and play practices.
And with their dedication, the play was a smashing success.  It required a lot of commitment from all of us as play practices do take time and everyone needs to be there.  (If you decide to undertake directing a play, consider the actors, their parents, and everyone's schedules as commitment is everything.)

The cast autographed the play programs for the audience immediately following the play and I have never seen kids so proud of themselves and their achievement.  I was one proud mama too.

Beth threw a fabulous cast party for the actors the following week.  We even had the kids do a two minute commercial "in character" and they walked in on a "red carpet".

Kimberly...Sound effects    

Beth...Script Prompter

Christina.....Margaret Maloney / Director

But the thing is, it wasn't about us or what we did.  God did this for us.
 Something as simple as a play for my children................a desire of my heart.

 "Delight yourself in the LORD;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it." Psalm 37:4,5

I never would have thought three years ago, had you suggested doing my own play, that I could pull this off.  But God knew.

If we can do it, anyone can.  I write this to encourage you, reading this, that you can do this too.
With no experience.  With only prayer.

Play...... total cost $2
Pipe for Dr. Brockett.....$2
Brochures and play programs..... $21
Doing something I didn't think I could do and trusting God for the results.........Priceless!

"Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed."  Proverbs 16:3

From left to right:
Dr. Brokett played by Hamilton
Ms. Peabody played by JoBeth
J.T. Maloney played by Jessica
Carlotta Vandepepper played by Abigail and
Jane Crumb played by Ashley

The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers.  But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.  ~Sarah Ban Breathnach


Anonymous said...

What a fabulous momma for sticking your neck out where it han't been before!
You Rock!

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