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"Standing tall is a very admirable thing. There are very few stories in history of heroes who slouched to the rescue. Likewise, most individuals don't look up to people who are drooped over."
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Saturday, December 1, 2007

Thespians, my Nativity Scene, and black n whites

Thespians! We have spent this past week running to and from play practice! Once a year the Missoula Children's Theater comes to town! Yeah! My kids always try out. {sidenote: I tried out each year as a child and the only time I got a "part" {as an assistant director}, I broke my ankle that same night! long story, I may some day share... So, I didn't even get to go to the performance :( } Well, so far, Cody has gotten a part every year since 2nd grade; Shantel has gotten a part every time she has tried out {she actually prefers the assistant director part}; Savanna has also gotten a part each time; Robby got a part the last 2 years, but was one of 26 kids who were without parts this year. :( {He was at first a bit miffed, but when the older kids started to pay him to do the dishes on their dish days... he was liking not having a part! :)}
This year they did an {interesting} rendition of The Little Mermaid. Cody was comic relief {perfect for him} as one of 12 Sea Scouts {He played a weird fish who ran Urcle style across the stage, was the head of a dragon, the general of the Sinister Soldiers and Charlie Tuna, who danced across the stage.}. Savanna was one of 14 Seasiders. Shantel was the assistant director over the Sea Scouts. After 6 days of intense practices, they gave a great performance! {you can tell the kids that have done it in the past as they are usually loud enough to be heard... unfortunately, there were some very quiet actors tonight ... but all in all it was fun to watch them all perform!}
The whole cast -- mostly!Cody the Sea Scout.Savanna the Seasider! Below we have the Scout, Seasider and the Assistant Director! They had a bag decorating contest {the paper bag to put your costume in and your street clothes when in costume} and I was just informed that Cody won! Sorry no picture, because Cody threw it away! He drew the set complete with dragon and General Cody! Savanna won the Over-do-it contest by being loud and expressive on stage and quiet backstage! Way to go my little Thespians! :)

In case you are unfamiliar with the Missoula Children's Theater, I will add the program notes here: Missoula Children's Theater was co-founded in 1970 by Jim Caron and Don Collins who currently serve as CEO and Senior Development Officer respectively. Jim and Executive Director, Micheal McGill, supervise the intense training period for the "tour teams" and have created the eight original musicals that are currently touring with 33 teams of MCT Tour Actor/Directors -including the ones you are enjoying today.

Your cast auditioned for this show at the beginning of the week and has been rehearsing for just a few short days. We are confident that you will be amazed by what they have accomplished. We are proud to say that more than 65,000 young people will participate as performers in the Missoula Children's Theater International Tour Project this season. More than 1,200 communities in all 50 states, 2 Canadian territories and 4 provinces and 16 countries will be visited - communities from Anacortes, Wa to Anderson, Guam!

Click here for information on the soon-to-be-released documentary film about the Missoula Children's Theater International tour.

Nativity Scene Here is my attempt at tole painting at Souper Saturday, where we also had classes on quilting, goal setting, eating healthy, card making, making gluten, recipe exchange, Internet safety, accessing the stake and ward web sites and the music page on the Church's site.

Black n Whites Please go here for some shots of the kids and I in black n white. There is so much to share with ya that I thought I'd put some on the kids page. {I secretly have a fear that if I post more than once in a day and they are both long, that I'll be the only one reading them.... and I love to get comments so ... I can't do 2 long posts a day.... so humor me and go have a look! :D}


angie said...

Your Thespians play looks like it was so much fun. I think your nativity looks great. I never realized how hard toll painting is until I tried it a few years ago. Changed my mind quickly about it being easy......and my desire to ever do it again. ha ha.

KATE said...

What amazing little kids you have!!! That is so so cool! Wow, I am completely impressed. I think I would be like Robby & enjoy getting paid to do dishes! I could never get up in front of people. I'm loud & outgoing until I'm in front of a crowd. So, I'm very very impressed with your sweet kids!
I LOVE your nativity scene! LOVE IT. You did a fabulous job on it! I have acouple that I painted to, & they don't look that good. The homemade ones are usually my favorites too!

Holly said...

How cool that your kids like to act. I don't know that either of mine would ever do that, but what neat experiences for them!

carrie & troy keiser said...

Angie- Yeah the play was a lot of fun. The kids really like it and they are pretty good. It was not as easy as I thought it would be to tole paint... who konws, I may give it another try .. the instructor was fast and I'm S L O W!
Kate- I'm pretty impressed with them too. They do such a great job and love it SO much... it will be sad when they get to old to be in it. {it's a K-8th program} Cody only has 1 more year.
Thanks, I had fun trying to figure out how to get my nativity to look just so... the teacher said they always look better at home, and ya know what, she was right! :)
Holly- I'm just always SO excited when they get parts and work hard and do so well ... bonus that you can hear them. Cody and Savanna are really in their element! Shantel is a little helper so the assistant director part is perfect for her.

Cecily R said...

What a great, great thing for your kids!! I wish the Missoula Children's Theater came to North Ogden! Gracie would eat it up.

You're kids are adorable, and I'm sure the play was fabulous.

carrie & troy keiser said...

Cecily- I'm sure you could get the MCT to come to your twom... just go to the web site and check em out ... just takes someone to spearhead it and a fund raiser.. here they do the school mall and for the past 2 years they have made enough $$ that admission to the play has been FREE! The kids LOVE to be in the play.

Andrea said...

What fun! They're so lucky to have such supporting family, too!

Laura said...

That play looks great, what fun! Kudos to you and Angie for trying toll painting. I would not even try.

I am with you on not getting comments on too many posts at once. I think I am crazy.

carrie & troy keiser said...

Andrea- yup lots of fun!
Laura- I know I'm crazy! :D So my Nativity had a little accident... Scott hit it with his bike .. he says Robby helped... now the poor thing has been reglued with Elmer's and has 3 C clamps holding it together! I musta been crazy thinking it would survive this house! :)

Shellie said...

That sounds so cool! My daughter said the drama club at school was recruiting and came into their class asking if anyone wanted to be a thespian. No one volunteered and after they left the teacher asked them if they knew what that meant and they were all surprised that it meant acting, they thought it had something to do with lesbians :) I about died of laughter. At least your kids will know...

carrie & troy keiser said...

Shellie- Oh man! That is funny! :) hehe