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Be Still My Beating Heart- I have a Stage Loving Child

by Twitchy on August 30, 2012

Disclaimer/weather report: Possible gushing ahead.

Who here doesn’t know how much I adore musical theatre (and the classic books and movies that inspired said productions)? Well I’ve managed to force this love upon share this cultural love with my Miss5.5. We have so many classic musical and Disney DVD’s she’s becoming familiar with more and more of the soundtracks. She sings and dances around the house and I could not be more tickled if I’d swallowed a feather duster.

Man I laughed when she recently said to me in a melodramatic voice:
“I want to be on the stage!”
I swear I don’t know where she got that from, but I’m thrilled to see her express her oversized personality like this. (Note to self: keep eye out for a suitable class for her to attend. Keep other eye on size of her head.)

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I kid you not: THIS is where she preened in her Dressing-, I mean BEDroom before the concert.

We saw The Sound of Music on the Big Screen at The Astor and it was a blast. Actor Nicholas Hammond (Freidrich!!) was in attendance. He did a Q&A beforehand, signed my copy of The Sound of Music Family Scrapbook and let Miss5.5 hug him! SO cool.

Last month we saw Annie on the Real Stage- a huge first step. She adores the movie and sings the songs but I was edgy about taking her (and forking out $99 for a child) in case she couldn’t manage sitting quietly for the duration. It turned out really well and our day was magical.

If that’s not enough to be thankful for, here comes the truly thankful bit.

Most of you know I have a boy on the Autism Spectrum with behavioural issues. He can be difficult to keep comfortable in certain public situations. He also has sensitive hearing. While his sister is neurotypical, she hasn’t gotten off completely. She has anxiety in new social settings and also has sensitive hearing. In complete spite of her great anticipation, when at a new/ crowded/ or noisy places she’s been known to cling in doorways or hide under tables, sometimes with hands over her ears. I’ve found myself staying for entire parties because rather than settle she’s refused to let me go.

This week she confided feeling scared about the concert, that she might have stage fright. My husband and I were concerned for her, but we all talked and I mentioned it to her teacher too. The class discussed this also, assuring the first timer littles it was all about fun and nothing to be afraid of. Still, she was irritable and snappy before we left home.

Last night’s show was held in a large and packed university theatre. As her brother sat between acts with his hands over his ears, grumbling
“WHY do people need to whistle and scream AS WELL as clap- which is enough?!” (fair point),
I worried the larger-than-lifeness would get to my girl too. My heart was a little bit in my mouth. It could’ve gone either way. What if she freaked, froze at the crucial moment?

During her year level’s Sound of Music medley, she’d been hidden deep at the back of the group; I doubt she could even see the audience. When it came to the whole-school finale number “I Got Rhythm”, our girl was placed front row centre! She was jiggling, antsy. My husband and I exchanged glances.

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Bitten by the stage bug. Could this be the start of something?

The music began…and she came to life!! Sweet relief! She danced and sang, did all the actions and threw herself into it for all she was worth. Her enthusiasm drew the eye. I heard the couple near us say about her: isn’t that little one having a ball?

On her piggyback ride to the car she told us she’d loved being on the Big Stage and can’t wait to do it again. Holy crap- a possible future in stage-parenting? Do I look like Mrs Lohan to you??
“See? I said encouragingly, “it’s all about the fun, nothing to be afraid of. High five, girl. Love it.”
I could almost taste that medicinal/victory vodka waiting for me at home.

Linking with
Thankful Thursday

 

 

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Mark August 31, 2012 at 2:04 am

I enjoyed reading this so much. I think you know that I have been in musical theater for over 40 years now, and have seen so many children (and adults) who have one personality off stage and then totally come alive onstage.

Theater is enchanting, involving, creative and oh so contagious! Sounds like you have infected your children with a love of theater as my parents did with me and I did with my children (who have performed in my show bands over the years as well).

Thanks for sharing – and encourage and help her “theater person” to develop. 🙂

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Kelly @ HT and T August 30, 2012 at 10:22 pm

Oh how gorgeous! You must be so proud! I reckon I would have cried like a pansy if I were you 😉 x

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Debyl1 August 30, 2012 at 8:38 pm

So happy for your little girl that she has found something that makes her so happy and free to express herself.Love it and yes a big high five.xx

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carmen August 30, 2012 at 4:14 pm

That is so cute!! She’s going to be quite a star!! 😉
I think Miss 10 will be a star… on the derby track. 😛
xxx

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Me August 30, 2012 at 3:40 pm

So good to hear of children embracing something different – me, you wouldn’t catch me on a stage not for anything – nor my child for that matter – lucky we are all different. Enjoy these moments – they are to be treasured.
Have a great day !
Me

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