Category Archives: Performing Arts
I’m feeling nostalgic this week, because Thursday, July 7 is the Forever Plaid 20th Anniversary Special. I’m hoping to attend, but the other Lexington “Plaids” won’t be able to make it (although Don may be attending…he moved away, and we’ve lost track of him).
I was digging through some old photos, and found this one that my parents took one of the many times they came to Lexington to see the show.
(The Plaids, from L to R: Steve Meadows – “Frankie”, Matthew Barbour – “Sparky”, Don Kelley – “Smudge”, Mikey Myers – “Jinx”, and the band, Will Shafer – Bass Player, Terry Ensor – Piano Player)
It has been 11 years since we were last on the stage together for this show. Boy, time sure flies. Maybe I’ll get out that plaid jacket and grease my hair back before I head to the theater to watch…
Tonight was Emma’s spring dance recital, and oh, what a difference a year makes! In her ballet number, the curtain opened and they were all hiding behind these flower pots. You can see her little skirt peaking out from the right side of the pot.
She was so cute!
It was funny to watch some of the siblings who were in the audience…
And then for her tap number, they were all in their pajamas holding their teddy bears.
Isn’t she the cutest?
The kids had their Christmas programs at school (two weeks ago), and I’m just now getting around to posting the photos.
Here’s Ethan rocking baby Jesus. We didn’t have very good seats, but he’s the kid all the way to the left with his head just under the front of the train.
He kept walking down the steps and hugging his teacher throughout the program. Finally, one of the other teachers picked him up and took him back on the stage. I guess she told him he had to stay there, because then he started hugging the two girls that were on either side of him. He must have hugged them ten times each. We were laughing hysterically.
And here’s Emma (front row, left).
She was very good. She even knew the choreography for the older kids’ numbers. She sung loudly and paid attention for most of the time. I think my father-in-law got a picture of her bending over and touching her toes at one point…which wasn’t part of anybody’s choreography.
During the summer of 2001, I had the pleasure of playing opposite my beautiful wife in Studio Players of Lexington’s production of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. I played “Schroeder” (blonde hair and all) to her “Lucy,” and we had a great time. I’ll have to find a picture and post it…I think it was before we had a digital camera, so I’ll have to dig up a scanner!
I recently found out that Ryan Quinn West, who was in that show with us and played “Snoopy,” is currently in the Chicago cast of Jersey Boys. He has played several roles in the show, including “Bob Gaudio,” who is one of the original Four Seasons and the writer of many of their songs.
We saw the touring company of Jersey Boys in Cincinnati on Saturday (the last of our Broadway Series tickets for this year). It was fantastic!
It’s always fun to know someone who is pursuing their dream and making it. I’ve been in shows with several people who came back to Lexington after successful (or not so successful) attempts at careers in theater and film. Jim Varney (“Ernest” movies; “Know Whatta Mean, Vern?”; Voice of Slinky Dog in Toy Story movies) even came and watched part of one of our Forever Plaid rehearsals toward the end of his life.
I’m excited for Ryan (and, admittedly, a little jealous). Seeing him doing so well makes me feel old. He was such a kid when we worked together!
I think it will make me feel better.
- At the end of last week, Ash’s mom finally caught the flu from Ethan. The only difference is, she hadn’t had a flu shot like he had, so hers is MUCH worse. She’s out of commission for this whole week, so we have no childcare. Ash and Emma are sucking down the Airborne to try to keep from getting it. So far it has worked. I got a flu shot this year, so I’m crossing my fingers.
- Ash is co-directing Urinetown at Henry Clay High School in Lexington and, of course, it opens this weekend. So this, as we so affectionately call it, is “hell week.”
Ash spends all day at work for “tech weekend.” Finalizing lighting, set decoration, sound cues, dress rehearsal, etc. I’m home with the kids. Ethan is still sick.
Ash uses her last sick day to stay home with the kids. At 3:00pm, she heads to Lexington for rehearsal. At 5:30, I head for Lexington to pick up the kids from rehearsal. Since Ethan is still sick, he hasn’t let her get any work done, and screams if anyone looks at him funny. When I arrive, Emma joins him in a screaming fit because she is having fun at Mommy’s work and doesn’t want to leave. I take them home, feed them dinner, and put them to bed.
Ash takes a day without pay to stay home with the kids. At 4:15pm, she heads to Lexington for rehearsal. At 5:15pm, I head to Lexington to pick up the kids from rehearsal. Ethan has been better this time, but when I arrive, both kids start screaming because they’re having fun at Mommy’s work and don’t want to leave. I take them home, feed them dinner, put them to bed, and frantically start cleaning the house for the sitter we will have on Wednesday.
I leave for work at 5:30am so I can be done by 3:30pm to get home and relieve the sitter who will cost us $100 for the day. Ash will leave work in time to get to the Wednesday night church service because she sings with the worship team. I will feed the kids and put them to bed.
I have no idea what Thursday will be like. We don’t have a sitter yet…and neither of us can miss work. I do know that it’s opening night of Urinetown, so Ash will be very late getting home, so I’ll feed the kids and put them to bed.
We have a sitter, but she has to be at work in Lexington by 4:30pm, so I might as well just go back to work Thursday night after Ash gets home from the performance of Urinetown (around 11:30pm). I’ll feed the kids and put them to bed.
Is it Derby Day yet?
This is gymnastics and dance recital weekend for Emma. Last night was gymnastics (tonight will be the dance portion).
Back stage, before the performance:
On Stage (this is a picture of a picture that was taken during rehearsal…flash photography wasn’t allowed during the performance):
Here she is with her Uncle Scott and Aunt Crystal during the “meet and greet” in the lobby:
And back at Nana’s house after the show…
Of course, we were beaming with pride.
This year, thanks to a great friend organizing everything, we have subscribed to Cincinnati’s Broadway Series. In the 2007-2008 season, we will be seeing:
My Fair Lady
The Drowsy Chaperone
The Color Purple
I’m really excited about Wicked and The Color Purple, but I know I will love them all. Simply having a night out is enough, but seeing a wonderful show on top of that is just too much!
The first show isn’t until October 6. How can I wait that long?
Well, tonight is the night I take Emma to High School Musical. I’m not sure how it’s going to go…she’ll be seeing her mom on stage for the first time. Neither Ash nor I has walked the boards since 2 years before she was born. I’ve been preparing her all week, telling her that “Mommy is in the show” and “we can’t talk to Mommy when she’s on the stage.” Just when I think she understands, she says “Why?”
She’s so excited. Last night when I put her to bed, we were talking about going to the show tonight, and she said, “Daddy, you need to wear a blue shirt with no buttons.” For some reason, she doesn’t like button-up shirts.
“I’ll see what I can find,” I said.
This morning when I was getting ready, I tore the closet apart looking for a blue shirt without buttons that was appropriate for work and the show. I mean, you want your date to approve of your outfit, right? I finally started looking for either a blue shirt OR a shirt without buttons (laundry hasn’t been a top priority this week). I had to settle on a black shirt that had buttons. I went out into the living room, dressed for the day, and showed her my shirt. “This is all I could find, sweetie,” I said. “I guess I’ll have to have a black shirt with buttons.”
Dripping with sweetness, she said, “It’s okay, Daddy. I can sit with Mommy.”
I decided not to bother explaining it to her again.