Monday, May 18, 2015

Act I, Scene I: "Tinker's Nook"

Bridget completed her second full year of ballet and participated in the Spring Production again this year. Act I took us to Pixie Hollow, and Bridget appeared in the first scene. She had been practicing for weeks and was excited that performance night was finally here. We were unsure how things were going to go, as she had developed a fever after rehearsal on Thursday and had a bit of a runny nose. But with a lot of rest, fluids, cold medicine, and determination, she was able to fight off whatever sickness she had and made it to the stage!
She was a little nervous but mostly excited. Last year, she was so nervous I could barely get a smile out of her. I thought it would be fun to compare the two pre-performance shots from last year and this year:
How did she grow up this much in just one year?!?
After a few pictures, it was time to send her off backstage. George wasn't so sure of this whole thing. All he knew was that he wanted to go back to the water fountain and throw more leaves in (that is what he is looking at in the bottom picture).

Both sets of grandparents were able to make it again this year. We headed in to the auditorium, found us some seats, and waited. Bridget was part of the very first scene, so I quickly switched out camera lenses and waited.

What Bridget did not know was that she was sharing the stage with Tinker Bell. Bridget is on the far left, and Tinker Bell is on the right. She walked right by her. Bridget almost couldn't believe it when I showed her the pictures. I'm glad she was so focused on dancing her part not to notice the other fairies in the background.

After her scene, we watched the rest of Pixie Hollow, and also Act II "Kids on Broadway". George got into this one when Mary Poppins came on stage (the kids LOVE this movie), and his eyes were glued to the stage when they did the chimney sweep song, "Step In Time". Finally after Peter Pan, it was intermission and the little girls were being released back to their parents. They had been backstage watching a Tinker Bell movie.

After being showered with flowers, gifts, and "congratulations" from her adoring fans, she posed for a few more pictures by the water fountain.
We are so very proud of our pretty little pixie. I don't know how she does it. She's an extremely shy girl, but she looks forward to being on the stage. We're sad that ballet is done, but we are looking forward to the start of a new season after summer ends!

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