This musical was definitely a family affair, with everyone involved in some way, and being so supportive! They were the first to read the musical in it's various drafts and give me pointers here and there. Mom especially helped in editing it, then helping me plan to produce it and inviting people. Once rehearsals began, everyone did some part: Dad played Boaz, doing a great job learning his long lines and dancing parts even though he has a hard time in memorization. Mom helped with nearly everything, watching all the rehearsals and giving pointers, proofreading emails and the program, advising in costumes and stage design, helping publicize it, and so much more! Miriam ran sound primarily and helped with lights, also locking up several times for me, as we used the building of the church she attends. Lydia worked during most of the rehearsals at her summer job, but finished the week before the musical, taking over running the lights and playing beautiful Jewish violin music during the bows at the end. She was also such a servant in helping to clean up. Elijah filled in running the sound when Miriam couldn't make it, took pictures, and videotaped the presentations. Jubilee did a great job playing Tamar, a haughty servant girl of Boaz, a fictional character used to enhance the story. She also put up with all the early times we had to go to practice, helping to clear off the stage and set up props, then sitting down with a good book to pass the time. I truly couldn't have made it without my family's help!
Other families helped as well - giving so generously! The Hart family was very involved in it all, helping with costumes, props, and whatever else they could, in addition playing many characters. Mrs. Lavonne was my wonderful stage manager, sacrificing being able to watch the performances and instead keeping order backstage. Mr. Rob was the best assistant director, not afraid to remind us to be loud and helping with being expressive. So many other families helped as well with costumes, props, stage, and backstage... I am so blessed to have been able to work with such a great group!
And then, the presentations were done on Friday and Saturday. They went so well, praise God! Everyone portrayed their characters so well, getting into the mood and remembering their lines and cues. The dances and songs were beautiful - I was blessed to work with so many talented young people! The 3 Elders behaved themselves quite well, though we caught some funny shots of them for our bloopers clip, filmed a week ago Saturday. Three dads of children in the play, they kept us laughing. =) All-in-all, the presentations went quite smoothly, everyone finally remembering all the entering and exits and where to stand. Voice projection and facing the audience was stressed over and over during practices, and everyone carried it out quite well during the performances. We got to use sweet Weston, Miriam's nephew as Obed for the first night, and it was so much fun to be able to use a real baby rather than a baby doll! Everyone's costumes worked out well, though we had a few minor veil problems - I just wonder how they kept the slippery things on in Biblical times (we tucked ours into headbands). Praise God for two successful presentations! I'm so grateful for all of your prayers - they helped a lot!
We had a pretty good turn-out for both presentations, and the audience really seemed to enjoy the musical. So many people remarked on what a good job it was, which was a great encouragement. As was our prayer, it seemed to bless many people.
We had a cast party on Saturday evening, then it was good-byes for a while. You grow pretty close after working so hard together... It was such a wonderful group! Thankfully, I'll see most of them regularly, with quite a few taking my ballet classes this fall.
Yes, it is a relief to have it all over with; I no longer have so many details flying through my head, and I've got a chance to get rested up, but I shall miss it. Despite the hard work, it was loads of fun, and though exhausting, it was so enjoyable. Everyone asked when I'd do another musical, then seemed disappointed that it probably wouldn't be before next summer, due to busy schedules during the year. It would be fun to do one before a whole year has passed, but we'll see... We need to recover from this one first!
Praise God for planting this musical in my heart and bringing ti all together! I thank Him for giving us the time, ability, and people to do it all. With a heart full, I proclaim,
"To God be the glory! Great things He has done!"
Pictures should be posted soon... =)