Jazzy Mum comes home...


Well, our week of shows is now over. Disco Inferno boogied on by in a very fast-beating heartbeat. All that work, fretting, uncontained excitement and like all good things, it comes to a dramatic end. Applause... applause... curtain down - just like that. The end!

And no better day to tell you all about it, what with the rain gods doing some serious off-loading outside. Now that I've had some time to read, breathe and re-boot to recharge my seriously depleted batteries that is!

We sat in the audience on opening night, hearts all a-flutter in mouths, wondering what would happen when the curtain opened. Would the magic Show-Fairy flit along and flick the secret switch that makes everything magically come together, for the first time?! Would they remember their lines, their dance steps and their many scene changes?

Turned out they did, well mostly! Even the dance I had taught only 3 days prior worked out, and they had the common sense to stay on stage in their final pose for the black-out that wasn't- oops! Well impressed.

The audience were well impressed too. It was a fantastic opening night and the show went from strength to strength with each performance.

This cast of mainly 15-17 year olds, just like last year's cast, truly amazed me. Their professionalism on stage and the energy with which they performed everything asked of them bowled me over. Perhaps all the shouting at them gentle encouragement during rehearsals paid off?! The similarly aged back stage crew AND band members truly amazed also, and I will never forget how professional the back stage crew and cast looked on the matinee, when the sun highlighted the blackouts!

I loved everything about this fun show, even running the gamut of emotions surrounding putting it all together! Easy to say that now we're on the other side of it eh?! I loved working with the '70's music and watching each number come together bit by bit. I loved watching the teens hang-out and guessing who fancied who! I loved our tradional pre-show moments for every show, like the vocal warm-up....



And our group huddle, to psych ourselves up before each curtain up...


                                           
                                           Sunshine, Moonlight, Good Times and....Boogie!!

I loved working with our team.


                                              One member short in this photo..

Most of all I loved nurturing our baby, watching it grow and flourish, finally spreading it's wings and going it alone up there on that stage.


                             
                                                    Our Teen Stars ...... + 1 ;-)

So now the show is over and Jazzy mum is back home once more to keep the home fires burning and cook some guilty mum home cooked meals.

Was it worth all the effort? Did my work impress my family?

Well, for the record Teen Boy (who is ill at the moment it must be said) informed me that it was 'grand' but that he prefers the 'acting to all that music and dancing sh** stuff '-  Whaaattt?? - 'Sorry Mum' .... ' That's Ok son' - bloody traitor!! -  'everyone likes different parts of shows' - no pocket money for you for a year, boyo! - 'I think I'm more into acting now, mum'..... 'No problem honey' - Harrumph..... *sulks*.

Nothing like the honesty of your teenage son to keep you grounded after a successful run!

I look forward to our next show, whenever and whatever it will be and will be sure to read back on this post mid-production when things are tough, so that I can remind myself of why I do this and why I love it so much.


xx




14 comments:

  1. It sounds like a hit in all ways! How rewarding it is when kids that age respond, learn, and come together. Congratulations!

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  2. @Shelly: Yes, it truly was Shelly. The kids got so much out of it and I hope they'll carry the memories of with them for many years to come :-)

    Thanks for your comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  3. Well done! It sounds fabulous. Now you can relax and have a restful weekend. xxx

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  4. @Midlife Singlemum: Thank you. Yes I can, epecially now that all home safe after torrential rains and serious flash flooding today :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  5. It sounds like it went smoothly and wonderfully! Yes, isn't it funny when we look back-we forget all the tension and drama it took to make the show just so? I do hope that you have a lovely weekend...it's hard getting back to normal life after a run isn't it?

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  6. @kathleen: I fall for it every time! It was only a few weeks ago when I wondered why I was doing this to myself and swearing I'd never, ever do another show ever again. Now look at me, waxing lyrical all over the place about it!!

    Thanks for your comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  7. It sounds fabulous, well done you! :)

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  8. Enjoy the break! Every cloud (especially ones over Ireland that outstay their welcome) has a silver lining. I'm delighted all went so well XXX

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  9. Glad to hear it all went well. Sounds like my kind of show, wish I could have seen it!!

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  10. Congratulations Jazzy - it looks like you put on a fantastic show - well done you - dead chuffed for you - must have taken ALOT of hard work. The photos look great - hope you are having a lovely relaxed weekend now (making home cooked meals :o)) You deserve it. X.

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  11. Your passion for this just shines through every time you write about it, and you really know how to get the best out of teenagers, I hope you keep doing this xx

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  12. @BavarianSojourn: Thank you!

    @Jean: Thanks. The silver lining in the rather ginormous rain clouds here yesterday was that my boy was home sick from school... I avoided a 2/3 hour commute for a 20 minute journey!!

    @Steph Curtis: You would have enjoyed it....hard not to with the fabulous nostalgic 70's tunes!!

    @Older Mum: Thanks! Huge amount of work I must admit but SO worth it when it comes together as this one did. And to see the teens up there and all they get out of it makes it really worthwhile :-)I think they'd prefer the takeaways then my home cooking!!

    @Looking for Blue Sky: Thank you, I really am passionate about this and means a lot that you can pick that up from me. I so want to pass along a love of musical theatre to the teens...

    Thank you all so much for your kind comments :-)

    xx Jazzy

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  13. Wow, what an achievement. Teenage grumpy son aside ;) it sounds like a huge success. And the bit about 'guessing who fancies who' made me laugh - i used to indulge in a spot of that when I was still a sixth form teacher :D

    Well done, pat on the back. You'll soon be back for more (applause-addict?) ;) hehehe Beadzoid xx

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  14. @Beadzoid: Everyone seemed to have really enjoyed it so I guess it was a big success, teenage grumpy son aside! It was fun watching who fancied who alright!Thanks for pat on the back. I've been an 'applause-addict' for many years now but it's more that I was bitten by the stage bug a long time ago;-)

    Thanks so much for your comment :-)

    xx Jazzy

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