A few more pics…

As I mentioned in my previous post, we have a serious lack of photos from this show (Annie) due to the photo ban.  However, I forget about the two photos I purchased.

This is of The Teen as Rooster on stage. Photos taken by Nancy’s Portraits.

Rooster and Hannigan

Rooster, making a seriously creepy face and Ms. Hannigan

Lily, Rooster, Hannigan

Lily St. Regis, Rooster & Hannigan

And because I am a good sport, here is a really old pic from the first time he did Annie. He was Wacky, the dummy. Check out my shirt. Ugh.

Me and Wacky

Annie: Post-Show Re-Cap


Our week in the theater is over and done. The shows went well. There were standing ovations, laughs, some tears and we all had fun with the two dogs who played Sandy. My kids have come a long, long way since their first show with this group. Now, every time they step on stage I see a little bit more confidence, a little more ‘pluck’ if you will.

The Teen’s ‘Rooster’ was probably the funniest role I’ve seen him in. I SO wish I had a video of Easy Street.

Rooster from Annie

The Girl as a dancing ‘feather duster’ looked really good on stage. She knew her dance routine and really seemed to have fun with it.

Feather Duster from Annie

Sadly, they’ve tightened up the rules backstage and photos were not allowed. I captured these two before anything was going on but that is ALL I captured. I’ve been watching Facebook to see if anyone has posted anything that I could grab but no. So far, I don’t see anything.

I love to work backstage. I work with props and getting them to the performers can sometimes be a challenge but there is never a dull moment. Here are some highlights:

  • The critical, very important locket that Annie wears broke and flew off at some point on stage and an eagle-eyed performer, kept his eye on it and managed to retrieve it even though a good 100 kids were kicking it around on stage.
  • Getting a suitcase to Annie at the end is easy, but not when there is a very large set piece in front of the stairs that you had clear access to only a moment ago. We suddenly become acrobats trying to get to where we need to be.
  • When the feather dusters from the other cast entered the stage without their feather dusters even though I asked them TWICE if they had them.
  • When the little shoe shine boy came out to collect his shoe shine kit and then asked me “What’s a shoe shine boy?”
  • Having only a moment to set some props down during a blackout and then tripping over a piece of furniture and realizing that any second the lights will come back up and you still have the props in your hand and are not even close to where you need to be.
  • When you stand in the wings to retrieve something left on stage, you typically get an actor’s attention and they slide it off to you when they can. But this kid KICKED a metal bucket all the way across the stage. My heart stopped.

I was trying to figure out how many shows the kids have done with this group and although my count is probably missing a show or two, The Teen has done more than a dozen musicals not counting the ones he’s done through school and The Girl has done five.

Next up, The Sound of Music (hopefully) and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels where The Teen will play Freddy Benson.

Track practice was cancelled this week so we are all catching up on sleep and trying to get ourselves back to normal. Eating on the fly takes its toll too. I finally cooked a meal last night and it felt so good.

Tonight, one errand to run but I can handle it. Hope you all have a good week. Reviews will be coming soon. I’ve read the books, now I just need to sit down to write about ’em.

Sunday Matters: The Sun Will Come Out…on Monday

Sunday Matters

We’ve been in the theater this week for Annie. The Teen fell ill (always does during production week), The Girl had her street clothes taken, and my legs are about to fall off from working backstage but it’s amazing to see the results of all that hard work. The Teen did this show once before as Wacky, the dummy and now he is Rooster. Seems he’s come full circle. The Girl has a dancing part which involves a feather duster. I would love for her to dance around the house and dust for me but she’s not all that into it.

Our home this past week. They’ve performed here many times. It’s a nice venue but Monday can’t come soon enough.


You may have caught a picture or two from the show on Facebook or Instagram but I promise to post whatever I have later in the week. It’s getting harder and harder to grab these kids for a decent photo because they are old enough to know where they should be, so I no longer catch them wandering around aimlessly.

Right Now:

No in-person church today. With a matinée show and an evening show, which happens to conflict with The Walking Dead mid-season premiere (what??), there is no time but I am about to watch the online service. I am tossing coffee back like it’s nobody’s business, pounding Advil to take the edge off of my aching body and after a very busy day and night the show will wrap and we will be on to the next one (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels for the Teen and hopefully The Sound of Music for The Girl, if she gets in).

This Week:

This will be a total cinch of a week compared to last week. Track practices begin, one doc appointment, a work party for an Apple project we all worked on, and at the crack of dawn on Valentine’s day (really, 4:30 am), I will try to register The Girl for The Sound of Music. It’s getting harder and harder to get into the shows these days. Just to get a spot in the ensemble. you have to get there really, really early. Once in, she can audition for a lead but she needs to get in first.

There is also my book club’s book selection meeting but now I am not sure if I can go. The date changed and now it conflicts with something I volunteered for. I will be very sad if I am not able to attend as we choose books for the entire year.


Finishing up HER by Harriet Lane.


All done with season two of Orange is the New Black. Ended with a bang. The other night, I watched half of Chef with Jon Favreau while waiting around in the theater parking lot. I need to watch the other half. What I’ve seen so far, I’ve liked a lot.

I am unable to watch The Walking Dead tonight!! As I mentioned above, I will be working backstage so I will be off of social media all night long and all day Monday so that I can sit down to watch it Monday night. 


Today, nothing. I plan to grab each kid when I can and stuff food into them at some point. The juggling of meals and required stage time is a very fine art. But after all of this, I suspect I’ll hit the market and whip up some fantastic comfort food but not today.

Grateful for:

I love the shows. I love seeing my kids on stage but I am glad the week is almost over.

Happy Thought For the Week:

Track season begins this week. I know it’s one more thing on the list of to-dos but we all love track. The Teen no longer does it, but The Girl loves it and has good friends who do it with her. Makes it super fun. Maybe it will motivate me to get up off my butt and actually do something.

My Weekend

Grease logo

Grease WAS the word and now it’s all over and done with.

Little 50's girl - Grease

The Girl had the best time ever! She’s had fun with shows before but this time, she was in the older group and got to hang with the teens. This made it fun for a lot of reasons but as part of the older group, you just get to do more on stage.

Grease - Cheerleader

Here she is donning the iconic Rydell cheer uniform.

Beauty School Dropout

And here she is as a Beauty School Dropout. That scene was so much fun and she got to be in the show with her very good friend, as seen above.

This was the first time we’ve done a summer show. The pace was a little slower, which I liked and there were only four shows this time around but overall, it was a  lot of fun. I am still completely exhausted though. The Girl? She seems fine!

I never did get around to posting a Sunday Salon and there is no food in my house but we are all pretty happy given it’s Monday and all. Next show? Annie and The Teen decided to do it after all so both kids will be in that one this February. Rehearsals begin in September.

Now, coffee and lots of it.


Oliver 2014

The Cast of Oliver

We survived! What a busy week. We are still trying to return to a normal routine and The Girl seems to be coming down with a tiny cold but with so little sleep and then going right into track season. she’s toughing it out. They don’t have school on Friday or Monday so I am hoping they can catch-up on lost sleep then.

Overall, the week went well. The shows were amazing and everyone was great. I had a lot of fun backstage but if I had to compare this show to others they’ve done. this one seemed to go a little smoother. It’s so hard to do these shows when they are in school but somehow we managed. I was perfectly fine all weekend but by Monday, when it was all said and done I felt like collapsing into a heap! I just cannot keep my eyes open. I can’t imagine how the kids feel.

The Girl and Teen - Oliver 2014

The lighting backstage is either pitch black or too darn bright and with them running all over crazy, I have to catch photos when I can. This one is out of focus AND overexposed but since they were never together on stage, I had to grab what I could. Oliver is a great show. Lots of good songs and dance numbers and it’s not everyday that your kid gets to play a murderer. The Girl was in a special dance group and The Teen played Bill Sykes, killer of prostitute Nancy.

I recorded the death scene but I don’t think I can post it due to royalty issues but every time he threw himself off that bridge my heart stopped just a little bit. This was a difficult part for him because he likes to be liked by everyone and when it came time to give autographs, no one wanted his because he was the killer!

Nancy, Bill (The Teen), Fagin and Dodger

Nancy, Bill (The Teen), Fagin and Dodger at intermission.

It’s a difficult week of eating in the car, doing make-up in public restrooms and trying to wrangle pony tails while going through the drive-thru. It’s crazy! We are all a little torn about not doing the next show, The Wizard of Oz. Rehearsals start at the end of this month but with everything the kids are doing, we’ve decided to sit this one out and return in the fall for Annie. The Teen can focus on his grades and this other show he is in, The Drowsy Chaperone and The Girl can focus on track.

Me? I get my Mondays and Wednesdays back. Sort of. I will be sitting at track practice but I can read or walk or stare at the sky if I want to.

I hope you are all well. I was not able to keep up with blog reading and probably won’t be able to catch-up until this weekend but I am thinking of you all.

The Sunday Salon: Overwhelmed


This weekend, is the calm before the storm. I got up this morning to prepare goodies for the Super Bowl but in the back of my mind, I am thinking about the week of hell that is coming up, otherwise known as production week. Oliver is a tough show to do. It’s bleak but it has some amazing songs and it’s not everyday that your kid plays a murderer or is part of a gang of pick-pockets.

We’ll get through it. We always do. My son has been involved with this company since he was seven and he is now almost sixteen. My daughter, since the age of four. But production week would be so much easier if I didn’t have to work. With the double casting and in some cases, triple casting, the call times are all over the map. You have to really pay attention to the schedule and between my two kids, getting them fed and getting myself fed, since I am also back stage, can be a real challenge. Plus, they are still in school, so there is homework and studying that won’t be done since they will both have late nights ahead of them.

But, BIG but, it’s goes by quickly. By next Monday, we will all be breathing a big sign of relief.

Sunday Salon

As for today, I’ve prepped all the Super Bowl food for the oven. I just need to time the cooking just right so I can take the stuff over while it’s still warm. I can’t wait to just sit down and relax!

What am I reading?

I am reading Orefo by Richard Powers. It’s like nothing I’ve ever read before. Science and art collide and I am finding myself fascinated by it all. I am also reading Where’d You Go, Bernadette? and I am loving it.

What am I cooking?

I made a ginormous tray of Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas with cream sauce. I also wrapped little smokies with bacon and will sprinkle with brown sugar before I cook them up. I also made these Philly Cheesesteak pockets. I must have been starving when I planned all this stuff. It’s not like there’s going to be a big group of people there today but I guess it’s better to have too much than too little. Plus, The Teen can plow through a buffet like it’s nobody’s business so it’s best that I keep the food coming.

What am I watching?

Nothing, at the moment. The Girl has Gilligan’s Island on. I used to love that show but man, I cannot stand it now! Of course we’ll be watching the Super Bowl later and I will be recording the Puppy Bowl. I am a huge Seinfeld fan and Jerry Seinfeld and the gang have been having secret meetings lately. He said, that the meetings have nothing to do with the Super Bowl, but I am secretly hoping for a mini-Seinfeld reunion during today’s game. We shall see.

What do you have planned for today?

The Sunday Salon: Homecoming Weekend (Recovery)

Sunday Salon

Today, I come to you with a crushing headache. It WAS a horrible sore throat after the game on Friday but that seems to have passed quietly away. However, I did manage to work the dance last night without any problems. It was busy and crazy but in a totally fun way. I like to help out when I can.

I got home by 11:45pm but The Teen, who is on tech for ASB had to stay to take down all of the equipment. Dances are not like they were back in the day. They are now these elaborate productions complete with lasers and, movies (yes, movies!) and a host of other technical elements. The set-up took over a day and a half and it took him until 2am to break it all down.

Who can sleep when your kid is out at that hour? Not me and definitely not The Hub so we forced ourselves to stay up until the director brought him home. We slept until nearly 10am today! I still feel tired though.

BTW, have you seen the way teens dance these days? Very interesting.

What’s up this week? Auditions for Oliver and The Girl is actually going for Oliver. Yep. If she gets it, she has to cut her hair (gulp). The Teen is trying out for Fagin and Bill Sikes. Auditions are this Tuesday and Wednesday and callbacks are next week. And of course callbacks conflict with the concert my son is in. Being this busy is a blessing in a lot of ways but it’s also a curse. I know I will miss it but man, it’s hard to wrap my brain around it sometimes.

What am I reading?

Last week I complained that Bellman and Black had no ghosts and now This House is Haunted almost seems to have too many. I am halfway through and it doesn’t quite feel genuine to me, but I am giving it the benefit of the doubt for now.

What am I cooking?

Not a thing. My head hurts so much right now that I am actually forced to put my book down. So, we are about to order Chinese take-out. Perhaps some spice will burn whatever the heck I have, right out of my head.

What am I watching?

Ugh. The Girl is watching Spongebob right now and the noise… ugh, the noise..,please make it stop! I feel like crawling into bed to watch some I Love Lucy. In fact, I may do that right after dinner.


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