Thursday, May 17, 2012

It's Show Time!

On Sunday, May 13, 2012, Mother's Day, Claudia had her very first dance recital.  Here's how the day unfolded... 
11:00 am:  Claudia is all nerves on the way to the show. 

11:30 am:  We arrive at the theater.  Claudia gets suited up in her ballet shoes and fairy costume.

11:35 am:  Claudia asks me to make sure her wings are properly attached.  I said "yes, they're stuck on tight."  She says "good."

11:45 am:  Claudia's pal Amelie flies over in her fairy getup.   The girls discuss stage presence and proper arm position.

11:50 am:  Claudia and Amelie wish each other good luck and exchange hugs.  We walk the girls to the auditorium and tell them we'll see them after the show.  More hugs and kisses are exchanged.

12:30 pm:   It's show time!   The fairies and ladybugs dance together in a spirited rendition of "ladybug, ladybug, fly away home..."  Note that, stage left (or is it right?) there is a flaming mushroom.  That is the ladybug's home.  It is on fire.  Claudia and the fairies are sharing the bad news.  Claudia is the one doing exactly what the giant ladybug is doing.

12:31 pm:   Performance complete.  Fairies and laybugs quietly file offstage.  Except for Claudia.  Claudia remains on stage, performing impromptu, self-choreographed breakdance.  Claudia is escorted offstage by her dance teacher.   (I will share video once it is purchased.  Or DVD, I mean).    Claudia finds us in the audience and sits with us.  Hugs and kisses are exchanged once more.

1:30 pm:  All performers return to stage to be presented with medals of honor, bearing the inscription "Don't Stop Believin'".  

1:35 pm:  Claudia and Amelie seem disappointed that the show is over.  Claudia cheers herself up by helping herself to an additional "Don't Stop Believin'" medal of honor.   

1:40 pm:  Claudia parks it, center stage, pleased with her performance, pleased with her medals.


1:45 pm:  Claudia finds Mommy & Daddy in audience... more hugs, more kisses, more pictures.  
2:00 pm:  My prima ballerina makes it home and is presented with her bouquet.   She passes out and takes a 3 hour nap... most like dreaming of pirouettes, pliés & jetés. 

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