What have we been up to this week? You’d never believe it if I told you! Well, if you follow our blog you already know that we like participating in a very wide variety of activities and camps. If there is a new and educational experience within a 100 mile radius, we’re on top of that. Imagine my excitement when the summer’s most exciting activity yet basically fell into our lap? The Missoula Children’s Theater, clear from Missoula, Montana, and traveling the world on a mission to bring the arts to kids everywhere, was about to host a week-long drama camp right here, on base, less than half a mile from home. Wow! Eight-year-old A loves acting yet had never been in a full-scale play. We signed her up for audition and simply couldn’t wait. What an incredible opportunity! How often to kids get to learn from professional actors? How often do they get to perform in a 1.5 hour-long musical performance, complete with adorable costumes? This was one week A will never forget.
This crazy, busy week began with auditions Monday morning. I dropped A off at 10 and arrived around 12 to see what part she got. The boys cracked up laughing when she was cast as Whiner the Dwarf! This version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs had some very humorous names. Whiner was a fitting name and we’ve had fun with it all week.
Since her character had quite a few lines, she had to stay for rehearsal Monday afternoon too. She brought home her lines and had them memorized in no time. The week was packed with rehearsals. She loved them and learned so much. This was A’s first opportunity to be a part of a big play (60 other kids!) and it energized her. The actress teaching the dwarfs said that she’s a natural. A loved hearing that. She’s already begging to be part of the next production, should one come through town. The Missoula Children’s Theater did a phenomenal job with the kids. It was the highlight of our summer for sure.
Yesterday, we dropped A off for a final dress rehearsal at 11:30 am. She was ready to go and could talk of nothing else. The kids were to perform at 3:30 and 6 pm and we families couldn’t wait to see all of their hard work. One of A’s best friends was able to come for a performance. Her aunt and cousins came too! Our clan took up half a row alone and made sure that the dwarves had a big cheering section. A was so thrilled when she spotted us. She was totally decked out as dwarf, complete with a beard. That girl was all smiles. She simply loves being in front of a crowd and executed her lines flawlessly. Awesome job, A! I couldn’t be prouder of my social butterfly. It took a lot of courage to get up there and perform but she did it! Quite an accomplishment in one week’s time.
Going to see a play is always a ton of fun. We saw both presentation yesterday and I’m glad too, because the pictures were way better the second time around. Being in a play is fun too. Not only did the kids get a huge sense of accomplishment and make some new friends, but they also learned about working in a group, memorizing and executing lines, imagination, and responsibility. Taking on a commitment of this size takes a lot of responsibility to be there on time, to take care of play items, and to do what is required at the right time. It takes dedication and hard work. It teaches kids that they are capable of more than they imagined.The kids grow emotionally and develop their communication skills too. A had the time of her life and discovered a whole new love for theater. Thank you to the Missoula Children’s Theater for this incredible week of fun! The work you do is inspiring. I’m really thankful you decided to visit our area!