Wish me luck and I will let you know how it went.

Ireland
May 31, 2007 4:53am CST
Yesterday was the first of a series of the combined school play and talent show at my childrens' school. My youngest had two performances yesterday of Joseph and his technicolour Dreamcoat. As cute as it was, thank goodness that is over. It wasn't so much the play that was objectionable, as I couldn't hear what they were saying over the screeching baby behind me, anyway. And when they had all the biblical characters they were portraying start doing the limbo, it was pretty cute. The more painful part was the performances by the miniature ballerinas, pianists, tin whistle players, violinists, hip hop stars and gymnasts. It was an extensive programme, to say the least, and my face hurt from maintaining a rigid smile. MY son, of course, performed flawlessly and exhibited exemplary behavior. At no point was he yawning or poking the child next to him. His teacher was certianly not shooting him daggers and mouthing threats for what might happen if he didn't quit whispering and giggling. Today we will be treated to Uillean pipes, more tin whistles, pianists, hip hop, a capella singing, comedy skits, Irish dancing and a rock band before the start in on David and Goliath, doubtlessy accompanied by yet another screeching infant. Like at the evening performance, we may also be treated to toddlers rampaging down the aisles while their parents don't seem to notice. My jaw is already aching. How about you? Do you enjoy attending the performances put on by young family members? By all means, share your stories!
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• Canada
31 May 07
I SO TOTALLY ENJOYED THIS DISCUSSION!!! It definitely took me back--my kids are now 29 and 24--and I was LMAO reading about the Elvis channeler! My son was quite shy when he was little, so much so that at one Christmas pageant performance (he was part of the choir and was in the front row) he had his scarf tied around his neck and the little b---r shoved it up his face so only his eyes were showing. I was so disappointed I could not get a proper picture and I kept motioning him to remove it. He completely ignored me, looking up, down, and sideways--never at me. He outgrew his shyness, though, so much so that in high school he was in school plays all the time, and he actually won an award in the Sears-sponsored series of plays (this is an annual competition) for high schools in Ontario. Just so you can picture how much of a ham he is now: when he graduated from Ryerson U a few years back, when his name was called, he had a whole cheering section, and he sauntered on stage, faced the audience, held both arms out, and bowed to his shrieking mates--keeping the University president waiting to hand him his diploma. It was funny and mortifying (for me!) at the same time. The girl was always into organizing stuff for her school. She was in band and we had to be there (on pain of excommunication!). Not that we would have missed it. The first few shows when the band was just starting out were excruciatingly painful to hear and watch, but it was a real pleasure to see them blossom. They were so good that they were invited to play at the Beach Jazz Festival for several years running. She was president of the School Band her last two years in high school and I think it made her a way better person. I firmly believe that school activities give the kids the discipline to work in teams, take direction well, and showcase their talents. Plus of course, we parents are all so proud and amused. Funnier at times than Mr. Bean and Benny Hill combined! Thanks for taking me down memory lane, my fine feathered friend, it definitely brightens the weekend for me, suffering as I am from separation anxiety from my daughter, who went on a road trip to NYC with her chums, leaving Torongo at 3 am today. Pats on the back to the thespians in your family! {{{{*}}}} And to you, for sharing the whole experience with us.
• Ireland
31 May 07
It is incredible the way they grow and transform into polished performers, isn't it? I must say though that your son outdid himself at the graduation ceremony. It makes me brace for what I may also have to come! I think being in a band and making all the decsions as a group is really good experience for them, as well. They have to choose the material and work out the differences abouthow they are going to perform it, as well as figuring out a way to get everybody in the same place at the same time t practice. That is probably the hardenst part of the whole exercise. Thanks for the pats and I hope your daughter has a safe trip!
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• Ireland
31 May 07
The performers - Here are a few of the performer's in this afternoon's show, David and Goliath. They were really hamming it up as there are a number of clowns in the class!
Seagoddess, this is for you. Here are a few of the performer's in this afternoon's show, David and Goliath. They were really hamming it up as there are a number of clowns in the class!
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• Canada
31 May 07
That's an excellent picture! It really takes me back to when I had to take the pictures when my little ones were onstage! I think the kids do enjoy being the centre of attention, no matter how much they squawk otherwise. Thanks for sharing this, WP! And I meant to type "Toronto" not Torongo! Sheesh.... ;-0
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@AmbiePam (50943)
• United States
31 May 07
OH..MY..WORD! How did you stand it? I don't have children, but have been to important plays for other people's children. Watching them is nice, but when the other kids go crazy my mind aches. Biblical characters doing the limbo? That MUST have been a site to see. My mom was once the principal of my school, and she made sure that the plays the kids did were not too long and they were well thought out and were entertaining. She just didn't want the parents to suffer since she had been through several painful performances from my class and my sister's class when we had been at a previous school.
• Ireland
31 May 07
Oh yes, Joseph and all what is it 11-12 siblings? They were all doing the limbo in their tea towels, burlap, and curtains as capes! The narrator, who is 1/3 part of the unnofficial Unholy Trinty (my kid is another 1/3) was supposed to be standing there angelically during the bebopp-dowopp bit and he started chanelling Elvis. It was too, too, too funny and had everybody in stitches. It is the talent part that is rough because there are some people that really don't want to be up there and it is hard to watch.
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• Ireland
31 May 07
Limbo, limbo! - There goes Joseph getting ready to do the limbo!
There goes Joseph getting ready to do the limbo!
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@AmbiePam (50943)
• United States
31 May 07
That is so cute. : )
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@rapolu_cs (1184)
• India
31 May 07
Great, good job you and your kid had done,anyways best of luck for future. Have a good day.
• Ireland
31 May 07
Well, why thank you. am off to enjoy the show now, camera memory cleared and wit a fist full of extra batteries.
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@rapolu_cs (1184)
• India
31 May 07
Oh,sorry if my response had hurt you,be sportive actually i did not have expierenced this till now as a mother because my little one is just 2yrs.
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@mummymo (23707)
31 May 07
you mean you guys are allowed to take photos! We are not allowed to do so - it is only school staff and local paper photographer who are allowed to do this - council policy now! xxx
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31 May 07
LOL Woodpigeon I can just imagine the scene!! Sadly my kids have grown older now so I do miss all that. I remember once my son played Herard in the Nativity play, he was so nervous he ended up with coldsores all over his mouth. On the day I was so nervous for him and the play was not very good, some of the kids were in the proper costumes, while others weren't. One boy was wearing an Arsenal top! Anyway he came out and said his line "Now go and find him" with such feeling I was nearly crying. My mum and I agreed it was the best bit of acting from the whole pay, biased, me, no!! Good luck with the next show, just think all that smiling is as good as a face lift. No botox for you!!! Have fun hee hee.
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31 May 07
By the way I just spotted your rating score 100/100. This is the first I have seen. Congratulations Woodpigeon!!
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• Ireland
31 May 07
Ah, the poor little fellow being so nervous! It is really brave for them to get up there, and daunting! I am sure it was the best acting in the bunch and there was no bias whatsoever! Man my cheeks hurt! You have to make sure they see you smiling, and make lots of eye contact with the big perma-grin plastered all over your face, so it is taxing!
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• Ireland
31 May 07
Thanks! I know there are a bunch around but my computer's browser makes it really hard to catch the score before it turns into a star. I guess you can put your cursor over it and see it, but not with the version of Opera I'm running.
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
31 May 07
I always thought that the school productions were way too long, but I wouldn't miss going to them. My son played saxophone in the school band, and was in many shows and competitions. I never missed one. I loved seeing him perform. I used to enjoy seeing my friends kids perform also. It was amazing to see how fast they improved, from the time they started in band, and on through high school. My daughter was in a Christmas program once, when she played a Christmas Tree. She didn't have any lines, but just had to stand there dressed like a tree while the rest of the class stood around her and sang a song. It was so cute, I wish I had taken pictures.
• Ireland
31 May 07
Oh, no you can't miss them! They are waaaaay too long, but at least the school's performance isn't as long as the performance art school's performances. They run up to three hours and I can't sit that long. But you have to. Is it like at mummymo's school that you aren't allowed to take photos?
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
31 May 07
We could take photos, but I didn't have a decent camera back then. I did have one of those huge early vhs cameras, and once I took it to one of my son's competitions. When the program started, I got the camera turned on and ready to take the video, and one of the announcers came out and announced that cameras were not allowed. Kind of made me mad that the only one I brought a camera to, I could not use it.
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@vampoet (825)
• Singapore
31 May 07
I teach in a school where kids range in age from 7 to 12. Some of their performance are amazing. You will be astounded by their talent. For example, this 10 yr old kid put up a solo display of his Wushu talents. He was the receipient of a gold award in some national competition and the parents who turned up there were pretty impressed
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• Ireland
1 Jun 07
What are Wushu talents? I am intrigued! That is the nice thing about this. Some children get many opportunities throughout the year to shine and be center of attention. When the casting is done well, this is the chance for some of the others that aren't as likely to put themselves out there and they do indeed surprise from time to time!
31 May 07
This brings back memories of the performances when my son was at school. I used to help out with a lot of the shows so I was generally spared the agony of sitting through a couple of hours of babies crying, toddlers running riot and chattering mums. However, when I did get to sit and *enjoy the show* I found myself feeling as you do hun, sitting with a fixed grin and hoping that my son would acquit himself well.
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• Ireland
31 May 07
At least the parents are quiet. Today was actually much better for crying babies and rampaging younger siblings. I have a feeling it'll be the evening performance making up for that aspect, though. As they run through all the different grades, it produces different audiences. So you know the grin, too? I had tears in my eyes today, but luckily more were of mirth than pain. There are some kids that really don't want to be up there though and are petrified and their performance shows it. I feel for them.
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• India
31 May 07
sorry about the jaw and it is worthwhile watching our kids performing on stage. My daughter also danced in her school day function. She danced the role of Radha an indian flok heroine.
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• Ireland
31 May 07
Ooh, that sounds interesting! Is it a dance that tells a story? That was one of the nice 'twists' today. A group of girls combined a hip hop routine with acting, and made it a Fame style dance off. Very different and unusual!
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@castleghost (1304)
• United States
31 May 07
I actually only got to see my one son play basketball this year. I made sure I was at each game to cheer him on. Otherwise the only other things I got to watch them do was receive their awards which to me is still a great honor. I often go with my fiancee to watch her children's performances. Her daughter always makes sure that she knows her lines but for some reason she is always hidden by a bigger child so it is hard to video tape. Her oldest son is the type of child the teacher has to threaten to behave. I find it more entertaining to watch that show at times. Yes, we definitely enjoy watching the children perform. Sometimes if we aren't able to enjoy the program at the school we have the children repeat their performances at home.
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@mummymo (23707)
31 May 07
Wood pigeon I love Joseph - the Calypso is fantastic - I would have loved to see that although I may hve suggested that the mother of the screaming baby may wish to feed it or gag it (only joking but I hAave been the mother of that screaming child and instead of spoiling for everyone removed myself and her from the hall) bet you were so proud of him! I am probably the only mother who LOVES going to these performances, as well as school assemblies, even though I have been to hundreds (my eldest is almost 14) and am starting all over again with my 5 year old and I am still enthusiastic and excited at every one- well I never said I wasn't odd! lol I have many incidents but at the moment I can only think of the last one as my face burns every time I think of it! At the beginning of the year 5 year old Niamh won a special award for fantastic counting and number skills (she has been working on p2 maths, since a few weeks after going in to p1) and at the end of the Celebrating Success assembly had to sit with some others at the front of the stage to have photos taken! All parents were still seated in the hall and my lovely daughter was sitting on a bench, legs spread wide with her lovely sparkling white pants on show for all to see! She was totally oblivious and happily smiling for the cameras - luckily her teacher spotted her and rushed to get her to close her legs! It was just like THAT Judy Finnegan moment as all the parents tried and failed to stifle their laughter - she is so ladylike! xxxx
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• Ireland
31 May 07
They did a new twist on the play, they had Joseph doing the limbo, and threw in some bebopp. It was pretty cute. I have been that mother, too, but this lady was taking video so she decide she couldn't leave, and she wouldn't let anyone else take the kid out. The video isn't going to be that great with the screaming baby's mouth right by the mic pickup. That is too funny about your little girl, they are so innocent. We had some hip hop routines that were also very sweet, and one little fellow yesterday performed his with his fly unzipped. Priceless!
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@patgalca (15131)
• Orangeville, Ontario
1 Jun 07
The advantage of our school Christmas concerts is that they would do class performances, starting from lowest grade up. The benefit in that was those parents whose children performed early on in the show left. Since the gym is very small, it was always standing room only so when those parents (with the little children with them) left, it gave the parents of the older children a chance to sit down. This year they are doing graduation in that same small gym. I don't know who they are going to do it with 64 grade 8 students and their families. There is NOT going to be enough room. Add to that some sort of reception of coffee, juice, finger foods, cookies, desserts, where in the world are they going to find room for all this? They used to do the graduation at the church (lots of room there) but the new priest doesn't like it. Pisses me off really. June 26th - liable to be pretty hot too. Geez! My kids are more involved in sports than school plays (not that the school has them - usually just Christmas concerts). I have much greater pride watching my children play sports then seeing them standing on a stage with a bunch of other kids only to find my kid is in the back row! We never had a problem with photography not being allowed.
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• Ireland
2 Jun 07
Our school has also gotten too big so theyhave to spread the performances out all week, and the kids were doing two shows a day. Long week for people who have kids in all the age groups! You are so lucky that you can miss part of it. I shudder to think of the public tar and feathering we would get if we ried to skip out early. Oh my!
@patgalca (15131)
• Orangeville, Ontario
2 Jun 07
I didn't say *I* got to miss part of it. LOL! My kids are three years apart so I pretty much had to stay for the whole show. Not next year though as my eldest is moving on to high school.
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@charms88 (7541)
• Philippines
3 Jun 07
The first time I saw my eldest girl performed in her school, I felt like the proudest bunny in the world. I feasted all her movements and kept a good hold of my videocam to get the best shot. I was never tired of watching my girls performing or acting in their school. The feelings are always the same. The pride and admiration for my girls. Last school year, my youngest graduated valedictorian in her prep school. She gave a speech that melted my heart and gee...my two long ears were standing proudly, LOL!
• Ireland
3 Jun 07
You must have been so, so proud of your valedictorian! What an achievment! You deserved to be a proud bunny!
• United States
1 Jun 07
I went to a play of my friends niece pre-school years ago and never again. I had the same problem,crying kids,kids running rampant with no supervision,and cell phones going off.Never again will i subject myself to that,lol
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• Ireland
1 Jun 07
Oh, I forgot about the cell phones! The narrators announced in the beginning that they would like everyone to turn off their mobiles and there was a general shuffling and it appeard to have happened. Not 5 minutes later we were being treated to Crazy Frog.
@Calais (10900)
• Australia
31 May 07
How exciting have fun, have you got ear plugs...lol. We havnt done anything like that as yet, but I really have something to look forward too,Im sure that they are all like that in some way.
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• Ireland
1 Jun 07
Just start investing in ear plugs now and you'll be fine!
@emckee (465)
• United States
31 May 07
I'm not yet a parent but I can't wait to have stories like these to tell! I still remember my first play and how excited I was and my father always tells me that having kids is the best thing in the world because you get to relive your childhood through your children. What a blessing!!!! Can't wait!
• Ireland
1 Jun 07
Yes, we may moan about the odd bits, but really I wouldn't trade any of it for the world. Your dad is a wise man!