Anna's "Honk Jr." Experience

Anna's activity this fall was to participate in Rose Children's Theatre production of Honk Jr. (essentially the story of the ugly duckling). She had done a couple summer camps with them in the past but this was her first time doing a full play. 

It was a big time commitment for her and she chose to do it over playing soccer (doing both would be too much). She had practices Monday - Thursday nights for a couple hours for a number of weeks. She never complained about it once and was always excited to go to rehearsals. 

She had two roles in the play - first as a hen and second as Penny (she's a swan who is the love interest of the ugly duckling).

After a number of weeks practicing the crew finally started Tech Week at the Wildish Theatre where they practiced with mics and in costume. 

Her first couple of performances (there were 8 or 9 total over two weekends) happened during the same time as Story Camp so Chris + Tiffany + Simon and other family members and friends attended those first few. Audrey and I went to the Sunday performance and we were seriously so proud of Anna. 

Here she is in her hen costume. 

I can't tell you how awesome it was to see her enjoying this so much. I don't have any history of being in performances like this so all of it was new to both of us. I loved how she loved it. 

For the second weekend of shows I volunteered backstage during the performances which is by far the best way to document the experience.

The adults involved in this production were fantastic - a really wonderful combination of fun and professional. I loved watching them interact with the kids. 

My volunteer responsibilities were in the "green room" supervising the kids when they weren't on stage. 

It was so fun to listen to their conversations and to watch them flow in and out of the show and their costume changes. 

In the green room there was one big table where kids colored and laughed and played games while they were waiting for their turn on stage. 

Anna's "Penny" the swan costume. 

One of the things I loved about this experience were the new photo subjects I found in front of me. I loved witnessing life backstage. 

Anna in the dressing room standing in front of her costumes. 

The organization and prep that goes into these productions was amazing. 

I love seeing a community of people come together to make it all happen. 

Anna on stage with her fellow performers. 

Between the first and second shows on Saturday they had a cast party. 

Make up was a "big thing" for these kids and they loved applying and reapplying. 

I am so proud of her for trying something new. She was awesome. 

Last week she told me that she was really missing play practices. I'm pretty sure she's planning to try out for their next production and I will be cheering her on the entire way. 

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15 thoughts

  1. scrappychick says…
    10/29/2018

    Go, Anna, Go!

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  2. laura_g_ says…
    10/29/2018

    Oh my gosh!! Loved this post...and loved that Anna is embracing something different for her! And lucky Mama gets to document the journey..makes my ♡ smile. :)

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  3. bookemper says…
    10/29/2018

    This is so cool! Go Anna Go!!!

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  4. Houston says…
    10/29/2018

    Go Anna! Go! What a cool group to be a part of. Break a leg at your next auditions!

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  5. hgauvin says…
    10/29/2018

    That's just awesome! Go Anna Go!

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  6. ytophelia says…
    10/29/2018

    I did stage crew for theater productions all through high school and *LOVED* it. It was such a fun experience =)

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  7. ScrappinMyHeartOut says…
    10/29/2018

    Standing ovations for Anna!

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  8. kimlarsand says…
    10/29/2018

    so awesome, what an experience for her and what a little beauty she is.

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  9. Jeannew says…
    10/29/2018

    So good!

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  10. Eternoly_Yours says…
    10/30/2018

    What a wonderful story--captured perfectly with words and pictures! I am not surprised to hear that Anna wants to do another play. She is beaming in the photos of her in costume! I think it's safe to say that she has caught the acting bug! How wonderful for her to find something new to be passionate about! Brava, Anna!

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  11. kelsterjean says…
    10/30/2018

    She’s so amazing! And I love what you said about the different photo subjects. Just when we think our lives will be the same everyday scenes, it’s not at all!

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  12. Amandainuk says…
    10/31/2018

    What an awesome experience for her. You can see the enjoyment in her eyes, and that's really all you want for your kids - for them to enjoy what they do.

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  13. PoochPatrol says…
    10/31/2018

    Way to go Anna! My daughter used to be a director for a children's drama company in our city for over 10 years. She says it's the best thing for kids to do...they learn confidence and teamwork.

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  14. irenespie says…
    11/07/2018

    It looks so cool. I can totally get why you love all the pictures. Anna looks so beautiful in her costumes.

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