Thursday, August 7, 2014

"A" Adventure

Any guesses as to who has experienced four different time zones today?

Yep, that would be my family and me :) 

We left our Midwestern home on a 6 a.m. flight and are now officially on vacation. . .

In Alaska!  

Now if we can just adjust to this whole time change thing (and the consequential fact that we've been up for twenty-ish hours) we should be flying high! 

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

glimpsing Helen Keller


The last weekend of July found me face-to-face with my homeschool dance program's production about the life of Helen Keller.


But before I launch into the details of the ballet, here's a glimpse of the process—

In the six months preceding the show, we learned choreography and became comfortable doing it while wearing our costumes. . .   



On the Monday before our last regular class, we had picture day, complete with sack lunch, a multitude of costume changes, and a giant round of Apples to Apples. . . 


When we reached the three-days-until-we-arrive-at-the-theater mark, we launched into the most momentous time. . . 


With two days until opening night, we practiced on the actual stage, with the lights, costumes, and make-up. . .


An hour before the tech rehearsal, I moved into a "hobbit hole" side stage for quick changes. . . 


And when 7:00 PM on Friday, July 25 arrived, followed by 1:30 PM and 7:00 PM on Saturday, the preparations translated into a joyful climax of three shows. 


I treasure this experience and the friendships I've made through it. . . 


And I treasure the opportunity to share a story through dance. 


I'm sure I'll have a bit more to say on the topic later, as well as action shots to share that were taken at the theater by several talented photographers. For now, however, thank you for joining me in a look at the big picture ~