Now, I want to apologize to all of my friends whom I have not had any time for while I was completely consumed by Aladdin (the show, not the character, besides he's too young for me!)Ibeebarbie, we are definitely catching up soon, I've missed you terribly! Teachbroeck, thank you so much for your email. Though composed of few words, it meant the world to me! My friend Jennie (CC's teacher) the words "Let me know if there is anything I can do," mean more to me than you'll ever know, thank you! And Diane, thanks for letting me call you and be a raving maniac without being judged! Amy, my Spyquest sidekick, this was a busy time for both of us, but dinner at BJ's, though short, was just what I needed. Oh, and how can I forget our short jaunt to Alicia's house . . . Remember this conversation?
Amy and I , and Ingrid at Alicia's house.
AAAAHHHHHH, Aladdin . . . absolutely spectacular, everything about it! The director/choreographer, the kids, the teenagers, the parents, the set, everything . . . Speaking of teenagers, this was the first show we did with the infamous EDMT Teenagers, and let me say they surpassed their reputation of being the best teenagers in the world, by far! I am seriously telling you, I have never met nicer teenagers in my life . . . nice, helpful, caring, compassionate, funny, friendly, respectful, all around great role models. They had such a positive impact on CC, which is great because all of those qualities are exactly what I would wish for her to have as a teenager . . . Oh Genie, please grant me this wish!! She was just a completely different person in the presence of them . . . so much so, that one would never be able to guess that on any given day, before rehearsal, she was just throwing a fit because, oh, I don't know, the weather didn't meet her freakin' sky-high expectations!! Unfortunately, I couldn't take the teenagers home with me at night, so usually things were back to status quo once rehearsal commenced . . . but, hey, "Stick with what you know!"
Hey, maybe I should start a business . . .I'll call it, Rent an EDMT Teenager for a Night. Well, actually that wouldn't be a very good business venture for me because I would be the one spending all of the money . . . Okay, on to my next brilliant idea . . .markers that only write on special paper . . . Umm, okay, out of ideas!!
I am such a space cadet tonight! I need to focus on the task at hand . . . Oh goodness, what IS the task at hand?
During Aladdin, CC and I got to catch up with friends we don't see very often, and make new friends . . . like my new friend, Teri, whom I love so much!! My partner in crime, Mean Mom #2 (take a guess at who was coined #1) . . . Thanks for all of the laughs, thanks for keeping me sane when I just knew certain children (who shall remain nameless) were going to be the death of me during rehearsal ("back row" hahaha), thanks for helping me when I discovered I could strangle myself with my Rehearsal Monitor "necklace"!! Come to think of it, you didn't help me at all, you laughed until tears streamed down your face if I remember correctly, which I do!! It was funny though, I loved that day!!! Memories . . .
Okay guys, if there are any of you left STILL reading . . . I have so much more to say, and so little brain power, so I will leave you with pictures, lots and lots of pictures . . . Enjoy!!
Yep, we parked there, and we weren't even there for the food!!
Rehearsal Pictures (Sorry, I love them!)
Also, sorry for the out of order-ness!
Uh oh, the Princess is in the marketplace
"Sometimes I just feel so . . . trapped."
"It's the only marketplace we have."
"Look what we have here boys, a street mouse!"
"Unhand him, by order of the Princess!"
"He's a Prince, at least he was to Me."
(By the way, you should hear her voice . . . Amazing.)
"Does anyone out there speak carpet?"
"The ever impressive, often imitated, but never duplicated, duplicated, duplicated, Genie of the Lamp!"
and he wants to know
"Did O.J. take my stuff too?"
"I'm dying to know . . . did they, or did they not find Nemo?"
"Well Ali Baba had them forty thieves, Scheherazade had a thousand tales . . . "
"C'mon, whisper what it is you want. You ain't never had a friend like me."
"Some ol' powerful Genie you are. Can't do this, can't do that, probably can't even get us out of this cave."
Turbulent Carpet Ride
(No lines here, sorry!)
"Will I ever see you again, Aladdin?"
"Aladdin, is that you?"
Jasmine and Aladdin just hangin' out, seeing the world!
Safe landing . . . it's about to get mushy!
Now begins the out of order-ness!
CC as the Egyptian Queen
The evil (but only in character) Jafar and his feathered side-kick, Iago.
Genie and CC
"Oh Genie, why the blue face?"
Bunch of genies . . . CC is the one in blue!
Sultan happy, Jasmine, not so much!
Genie and Jasmine
He's going to Disneyland!
"Don't you dare close your eyes. Hold your breath it gets better."
What can I say? She's Egyptian, she always walks this way.
Genie, Jasmine and part of the birthday crew
P.S. CC celebrated her 11th birthday during the run of the show.
CC and friends
Prince Ali is not who he says he is . . .
Phenomenal leads . . . original photo courtesy of Darla Wells Photography