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Monday, May 4, 2009

Enchanted!

Saturday, my youngest daughter performed in the Up With Kids! production of Enchanted. We have participated in Up With Kids! for many years now. It has always been a very positive experience for us. This year was especially exciting because Brenna was old enough to be in the Upper Class, which meant she qualified for one of the leads. She got the part of Nancy, the long-time girlfriend of Richard. Because the Upper Class was smaller this year, most students played many parts. Brenna was no exception. She ended up being the Frog Princess, an Old Woman, a drum player, and of course Nancy.

As the Old Woman, the princess Giselle in all of her white princess wedding dress finery approaches her to ask for directions in this awful New York world she's been sent to. The Old Woman snatches the lovely crown off of Giselle's head, and runs off with it, horrifying the poor princess.

At least, that's how it was supposed to work. Instead, my daughter tried to snatch the tiara off of Giselle's head, and it got stuck in her long hair! Both girls tried to untangle it, but the tiara remained stuck. After almost a minute, and the entire audience laughing, the red-faced girl playing Giselle simply tossed her hair, tiara still entanged, behind her back. My daughter hesitated a bit before realizing she would have to run off without the crown. She made her escape while Giselle finally continued with the line, "You are NOT a nice old lady!" She had to play the rest of the scene with the crown stuck in her hair, and it wasn't until she had to change for the apartment cleaning scene that somebody back stage was finally able to get the thing out.

We purchased the dvd for the show, and I have a feeling that we'll be watching that scene over and over. Here's to mistakes, and being able to laugh with them!

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