Friday, March 30, 2007

A Whole New World

My thoughts and heart have been elsewhere this week as I watched 26 amazing kids bring a wonderful story to life. Three months of hard work, early morning practices, painting, sewing and searching paid off as the lights went down in our little town then spotlighted something entirely different. I watched as my daughter took off her shoes and stepped into another character, complete with sparkling gowns and the voice of a nightingale. I held both breath and tears as my little girl in the Jasmine T-shirt with a Barbie in hand was transformed into a beautiful young lady whose hand was now held by a charming young man.

It was all make-believe...and yet it was all quite real. Over the course of 12 weeks I saw tentative, shy and even comical teenagers become confidant, serious young actors. Despite the fact that they started out as the little engines, they learned that they indeed "could" as they chugged up the hill, gathering steam and bursting through the long tunnel with strength and purpose and song. It has been a journey for each in his or her own way, and the results were spectacular.

Under a colorful canopy and a glittering skyline, they danced and sang, made us laugh and cheer. With each performance their characters grew and within those portrayals, they found themselves.

Working with the drama teacher and our pianist was a complete joy. We learned, bonded, grew and developed a new respect and admiration for each other. It was a joyful experience, one I am thrilled to have been a part of and I am so very proud of these dedicated and lovely young people.

Once in awhile our lives take a turn and we are transformed. That is what happened this week. Eyes have been opened and hearts ever changed. For all of us who were a part of "Aladdin", it truly is a whole new world.

9 comments:

Mike said...

Look at me....first again! :-)

Thanks for stopping by my part of the world and saying hi!

Great post by the way....I feel exactly the same....no shock to you though!

martie said...

Isn't it amazing to watch and see them grow and gain confidence in their abilities. Amazing and bittersweet to realize they are not our babies anymore!

wingman said...

The magic of the theater. I have really only witnessed it from a few steps away, but I have seen what you are talking about. It is a wonderful thing. Art may seem senseless and a waste of time to those who don't get it, but it does have the power to transform us. Or maybe more accurately, it helps us see, understand, and connect to that which does.

Slone said...

things like this are what makes being a Mom (or Dad) worth it!

srp said...

What a wonderful production that must have been. Your daughter makes a beautiful Jasmine. She will remember this for the rest of her life. Congratulations!

alan said...

It looks like an amazing production!

Of course, we know they had a magician seamstress involved along the way...


alan

Mike said...

:-)

Photo Buffet said...

Lori, all that sewing paid off! (How many plays have you sewed for now?)

Your writing always brings us back to what's most important in life. Thanks for sharing the details of the big event.

KellyGirl said...

What a great experience! I would have loved to see the performance!