Monday, April 28, 2008
Hunchback! (Pictures to follow)
It will be a day or two before I can download the pictures, but I wanted to go ahead and let you know how it went. It was amazing! The play, yes, but also the backstage experience! I love everyone in that class, they are all so much fun. If you had a problem, there would be 5 people around you praying for you, and the focus on prayer is really what made the difference in the play. We'd come in costume, (I loved my costumes!) and get our makeup and hair done there. (I loved my hair too!) I don't really mind wearing all the makeup; it's kind of fun every once in awhile, but it is a pain to get off! As we'd finish, we'd congregate in the hall and sing praise and worship or pray. About an hour before the performance started, Mrs. Natalie would come back and talk for awhile, then we'd pray as a group. Before we knew it, it would be time for the play to start. Most of us were in the first scene. (Festival of Fools) I'm normally a very shy person, but when I'm onstage I'm hardly nervous at all. I really enjoy it! Each night, we had a lot of little mistakes, but never a big disaster. Once we finished the festival scene, all the girls had a massive costume change. To go from being a townsperson to a gypsy, we had to change costumes, take our hair down, put on jewelry, and put on 3 times as much eye makeup! I was always nervous I would forget something, but fortunately I never did. We'd finish a scene or two before we were supposed to be onstage for the gypsy scene. Speaking of which, the gypsy scene was so much fun! Acting like a gypsy isn't exactly in my nature, but once I got the hang of it it was pretty enjoyable. (Of course, this being Christian Youth Theatre, we didn't go too far!) That was definitely a comedic scene. We had a dance, a big group number, and all that. I can't wait until the DVD comes out so I can see how it looked for the audience! After that scene, most of us were done until the very end, so I would either pray with a group or watch the play (There was a TV screen so we could watch the stage!) and pray alone. It was really a great atmosphere. The play itself was amazing too. Everyone did such an awesome job, but God really blessed it and took it above and beyond all we ever could have done on our own! I love the story too. The music was beautiful, AND in the Christian Youth Theater version, Quasimodo married Esmeralda in the end! :) I could keep going for a long time, but you're probably nearing boredom, so I'll quit. I'll have some pictures (Ok, lots of pictures) later. I'll just end by saying I can't describe how wonderful it all was, and I'm so blessed to have been a part!