By the performing bug, I mean. My seven year old, HipChick had her first major performance last Sunday, at our church talent showcase. We have a rather large church, and the room was packed. I was really nervous that she would get scared, since she’s normally rather shy, and hasn’t ever been up in front of so many people. Well, let me just say, she was right at home!
We got her lapel mic all set up, and her props on stage. Then she walked right out there, and sang wonderfully! She even remembered all her blocking (movement)! She sang “Castle on a Cloud” from Les Miserables, which is one of my favorite show tunes of all time. When little Cosette was done with the song, she actually didn’t want to leave the stage. She went and picked up her little broom , started sweeping, and I thought she probably would have liked to act out the whole show right there! The stage hand went up and stood next to her, and she finally followed him off stage.
The second showing was interesting, because they forgot to turn on her mic. She sang half of the song, before they cut the music and went out to turn it on. She didn’t really understand why they stopped at first, but handled it like a pro! I’ll tell you being a “stage mom” is completely different (and more difficult) than being on stage. I don’t know if I can handle the stress! I’m joking, the pride is so much more intense than the stress.
Honestly, when she first mentioned that she wanted to perform this year, I was a little apprehensive. I wasn’t sure I wanted her to start so early, because if she wasn’t really ready, it might have been traumatic. I am sure now, that HipChick loves performing, and I’ll do everything to help her be successful.
One lesson I hope she really “gets:” Her gift was given to her by God, to be used for His glory, and he loves her for who she is inside, not what she can do.
Of course you knew I’d post the video! This is after the mic mix-up, so she was just a little thrown, but she still did fabulously!