Thursday, July 31, 2014

Seussical Jr

Laura was cast as Young Kangaroo in Seussical Jr.  It performed the last week of July.  Yes, that means she was rehearsing the same time she was performing Les Mis; she got good at naps.
It was so much fun working with Dave as her director again!  She also became amazing friends with the Sour Kangaroo: Abby.
I did costumes, which is always intense in the summer.  Thanks to all the help from my folks - we couldn't have done it without you.  To see the kids so cute and to see Laura so happy always makes it worth it!  Here is a picture of her cast!
Thank you to the family and friends who came out to support her (Karyn and her girls, Dave and Summer, Gma and Gpa F, Gma B, Bret and Sophie, Garrett and Makayla).

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Commuting Fun

So yah, we spent some serious time in the car while driving to and from Orem.  So we got silly in the car and watched a lot of movies.
And we played at the Scera park.  Oh, and Sara Rosie perfected a back walkover.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Les Miserables

Laura got the amazing honor of being cast as Young Cosette in Scera Shell's production of Les Miserables that played 3 weeks of July.  With the many rehearsals, and performing 5 nights weekly, it really was a huge part of our summer.  She would rehearse or perform from 6 pm and get to bed at 10 pm for rehearsals or midnight on performance nights after getting home and removing all that dirt (cocoa powder makeup).  We were so grateful for friends who carpooled with us.
 **Rehearsal photos courtesy of Dan Hixson.
Her carpool buddies and good friends: Haven, Nika
I keep trying to put into words how we all felt about this experience with Les Mis, but I keep failing.  It was so amazing!  I would love to put a video of her singing Castle on a Cloud up, but no filming or photography was allowed.  Here is an excessive number of pictures of the performance courtesy of Mark Philbrick.
The people Laura worked with were amazing!  Her fellow cast members were so talented and kind - the people she met will effect her life forever and hopefully will always be her friends.  The director, stage manager, costumers, makeup, set, etc were so exceptional at their jobs and wonderful to her.  She learned so much from those around her that she just exploded with this experience.  These people treated her like family and we will forever be grateful as they molded and protected our little 10 yr old that we sent out to an adult production.  Thank you!
The music, story, and message impacted all of our little family, but particularly Laura, as we watched the show many times.  Thank you to the many, many friends and family that came out to watch her and gave us your love and support!  We love you!
This was, by far and away, the biggest production of which Laura has been a part.  There was tons of publicity, huge crowds (over 2000 several nights), and she even got a bio in the program.  It was amazing to be a part of something so big!
 **Publicity photos courtesy of Mark Philbrick.
She was spectacular in her role, both acting and singing, and made me bawl every night!  I am so proud of Laura and all she did with Les Mis!!

Monday, July 07, 2014

July 4th 2014

Independence Day was smooshed between Les Mis performances, so we kept it really low key.  We went to the cabin with my parents and had a great time.
We rode the zipline in patriotic Mickey shirts.  Had a meal, relaxed, and played the newly tuned piano.  It was wonderful!