Back in October, we heard that a local theater group was looking for Munchkins for The Wizard of Oz. Brent or I have never appeared in a play/musical before and neither have any of our children. BUT, since we are aspiring to become the next Von Trapp Family (kidding), we’ve got to start somewhere (and have another girl, my kids remind me). SO, our three oldest kids auditioned AND…
Oh, what happened then was rich.
All three kids were cast and for three months now…we’ve had a jolly good time in the Merry-Oh Land of Oz.
With each new rehearsal…and then tech week…and then 10 performances (spread over 3 weekends in Feb.), the kids came bounding in the house with updates on how the show was progressing. They’ve spent hours spewing out lines and dance moves…mimicking the inspiring work of so many very talented actors and actresses. In short, it’s been an awesome mirror neuron experience that may have set the stage for future Smith-kid appearances in the world of theater.
Kenny and Diggy (dark green and yellows hats) represented the Lollipop Guild and wowed the crowd with their movie-like accents, kicks, and grins. They were such a hit, they had to make a guest appearance at one of the post-show “pose-with-the-lead-characters” photo shoots.
For people who are brand new to the theater experience, Brent and I found the backstage scene to be quite magical, too. We got to hear the inside scoop about when Dorothy had the ruby slippers on the wrong feet for several scenes or when one tree threw an apple that actually rebounded off the Tinman’s head and hit the cello player in the pit. Brent helped fly people across stage a few times.
I collected a few fun memories…From pre-performance energy circles to helping Glinda zip up her dress in time to bow…not to mention reliving, alongside my children, the pre-teen thrill of rubbing shoulders and establishing a first-name basis with Dorothy, et al. It was a delight to get to know the “movie stars” behind the scenes.
Most of all, I loved watching my kids interact with so many wonderful people. At home, I love hearing the kids talk about Shannon (Dorothy) and Jeff (Lion) and Mary (Glinda), etc. as if they’ve known them all their lives. Once I heard Allison say to Cienna, “You be Shannon and I’ll be Kevin (Tinman).”
It was an incredibly impressive show. We are thrilled to have many more friends that my kids insist I become official FB Friends with so we can track their future stardom.
We’ll miss the Land of Oz.
To the cast/crew: your singing, dancing, and acting onstage and your smiles, hugs, and well-wishes (and sewing) backstage have inspired my children forever. Thank you! We’ll miss you most of all…