First, I want to thank everyone who reached out to Payton with good luck wishes and congratulatory sentiments for her big weekend. Their production of Beauty and Beast Jr. was beyond amazing and I was especially proud as her mom to see her shine in her role as Mrs. Potts. I think I was more nervous than she was on opening night, but that just shows the differences in our personalities! If you missed Friday’s post, you can catch it here.
Last night was a late one since the cast party for the kids followed the closing show. Can I just tell you what an amazing job my friend [Lisa] did on planning this party and making it come to life? Last year she already had ideas in her head for this year’s party and everything looked so beautiful! I snapped a few photos so you can see, but I apologize that they may not be of the best quality.
At the end of the party the director gives each child a photo of each cast, along with a favor. I was in charge of creating the favor for each child this year. My goal was to give them something useful, yet fun. I thought it would be a good idea to give them a frame to put their photo in, hence the useful part. To let them know what the frame was for, I created a little note telling them to place their photo in the frame to preserve their EHTC Beauty and the Beast memories. In addition, the tags had their names on them and on the back was a personalized paragraph written exclusively for each child by the director. I was planning on showing my daughter’s paragraph, but she won’t let me! She said it’s too personal.
All 101 of them in my living room!
The most anticipated event of the party was the announcement of next year’s show. It was the talk of the dressing room all week and guesses were all over the map. After much anticipation, next year’s show is going to be….Alice in Wonderland!
There were lots of smiles at the party, but a whole lot of tears…especially by the exiting 8th graders. These kids put their heart and soul into this production since auditions in September and I remember from last year, leaving the cast party was very emotional for all of them. They have created memories to last a lifetime and I am so proud of my daughter and all of her classmates for a job well done!
After all the festivities ended and the venue was cleaned up, it was a quiet ride home. My daughter was very sad that her journey has ended for this school year. Performance weekend includes the highest of highs, but ends in a big old low. What’s most important are the memories she will take with her forever. Until next year!