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"Bye, Bye, Birdie" At Last

Yes, my daughter was well enough to perform last night.  Her fever wasn't entirely gone, and she was still coughing a bit, but I couldn't see keeping her home for that (it was my call; Nancy is at a conference for the weekend).

It was a great show.  It really was.  I've seen other middle school productions, and I was once in a couple myself, and this one was very well done.  The acting was fine, the singing was very good, and though the script and lyrics are a bit dated at this point, most of the humor remains quite effective.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I was in "Bye, Bye, Birdie" when I was in high school, and I found myself remembering things from our production all those years ago to which I hadn't given a thought in nearly three decades.  One of my best friends in high school, someone I still speak with now and then, played the title role, and I thought about him a lot.

Mostly, though, I watched my daughter sing and dance and give the Conrad Birdie Pledge and scream at the sight of Conrad, like those high school girls you hear and see on old videos of Elvis and the Beatles.  She did a great job -- everyone (including her pediatrician, who was in the audience; this is a very small town) commented on how much energy she had, and how much stage presence she has.  I couldn't help but agree.  She looked tired to me, but that's one of those things only a parent would notice.  What I noticed most was how happy she seemed to be, how much fun she clearly had during the performance.

My younger daughter and I are going back today for the final performance.  No, the play wasn't quite that good.  But the smile on my older daughter's face was spectacular.

Today's "music":  "Studio 360" on NPR



( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 17th, 2008 06:10 pm (UTC)
Feb. 18th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
Yeah, thanks, Sherwood. Our family saga ended well. Thanks for your comments all throughout.
Feb. 17th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
I'm glad she got to perform.
Feb. 18th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
I appreciate the comment, Denise. It was great seeing her up there, looking so happy.
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Feb. 18th, 2008 02:20 am (UTC)
Thanks, Alis. I was actually impressed with how well she handled the whole experience. She was upset, of course, particularly Thursday night. But she dealt with it and I honestly think she learned something along the way.
Feb. 18th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
Glad to hear she got to perform! Yay!
Feb. 18th, 2008 03:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was a good thing. Of course, her fever was back last night, so it might not have been the smartest thing, but hey, she was happy....
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