Tuesday, December 11, 2007
In Spite of the Ice - The Play Must Go On - And Did
Over the weekend, Emily had the lead in the play, "The Best Christmas Pagent Ever." She played the mother character, Grace Bradley. I was so worried when I heard that an ice storm was approaching at the beginning of the weekend that they'd cancel her whole performance and all her hard work would be for nothing. Plus, since this is a children's theater and she's having a birthday next week, she can no longer participate in this theater group. It would have been really sad if her final play was iced out. Luckily, it all worked out fine.
I must say (no bias here), she did an outstanding job. Not only did she do the acting, but she also sang a solo of "Come All Ye Faithful."
Her performance brought tears to my eyes, and I'm not easily moved to tears.
Even though we were hit with an ice storm on Friday night/wee hours of Saturday morning, they went ahead and gave all 3 performances of the play. We had a large crowd Friday night - very sparse but enthusiastic audience Saturday night and a fairly good crowd Sunday for the matinee.
Most moving of all was at the end of the final performance, the theater President called the entire cast back onstage and brought Emily to the front to honor her as an outgoing member of the troupe. They gave her a goodbye sendoff, and both the Theatre President and her Director were crying. They said, "You'll always be a star in our hearts" and gave her a beautiful little star ornament with her name, the theater group and the year engraved on it.
Last night, we were hit with another ice storm that have cancelled most activities, including school. And we're supposed to get more throughout the day and night.