We had SO much fun last night taking part in a Disney Princess show that our Vocal teacher put on, as we mentioned yesterday, so of course we just had to share with you all! Two things everyone asked us over the past week of preparation was 1. Where did we get our costumes? and 2. How did we get into character? So we thought you all would like to know the answer to those questions as well!
Charlotte Wrote: “I hadn’t seen Snow White in SUCH a long time when Mrs. Sharp selected me to be that Disney icon in the Princess Show. I didn’t quite understand why at first, but I was absolutely thrilled nonetheless! We watched a few of her songs on YouTube and suddenly it clicked: my operatic voice which I had (sort of) been keeping under wraps for a LONG time matched Snow White’s beautiful trill perfectly! You can imagine my excitement! I don’t get much opportunity to vocalize my higher range, as I am the alto in our trio group, and solo opportunities don’t come up that often; but when this job came around I at last had my chance! We watched the movie on our old VHS TV (probably from the 90s?!), and I studied the first Disney Princess’ personality, movements, etc. to get into character. I must say the the incredible costume which Mom constructed makes me even more convincing (everyone said I looked like I came straight out of the movie!) I must take this moment to say a HUGE thank you to my Mom for being such an incredible role model and servant in preparing and dedicating so much of her time to this production; to my sisters and Dad for being so encouraging and motivating; and finally Mrs. Sharp, my voice instructor, for teaching me to be confident in the gifts God has given me!
“Up on stage that night, I felt like I was in a cloud… everyone was enchanted with my voice, costume, everything; and I felt like I was 3 feet off the ground the entire time. Somehow my feet moved across the stage, and my hands went hither and thither, and my voice soared to the heavens (aka- exceeded the mic capabilities… whoops…) It’s hard to describe what I was feeling, so I guess all I can say is that my prayers about nerves, staging, and voice were all answered, and that I couldn’t have done any of it with out the loving hand of my Heavenly Father!”
The Ugly Step Sisters
Brigid wrote: ” When Mrs. Sharp asked Jessica and I, rather hesitantly, if we wouldn’t mind being the Ugly Stepsisters from “Cinderella”, we were thrilled! What a positively fun part to play! For me it took all of three weeks to get fully into the character of Drusilla. Mrs. Sharp, our voice teacher, wanted us to be funny and annoying, not angry and mean, so that was a rather hard balance to accomplish. Finally I got the hang of it and had a jolly good time being Drusilla every chance I got for the last week leading up to the show. I must thank Mom, Dad, Charlotte and Jessica for putting up with all my antics and annoying Stepsister voice! And a huge thanks to Mom for making my costume, and Mrs. Sharp for giving me LOTS of good advice for being a “Stepsister”.
“Two of my favorite parts about playing Drusilla were:
1. Interrupting “intermission” when we entered to sing our songs! The surprise factor of that was epic and positively thrilling. The roar of applause when we finished our act (you’ll see why everyone applauded so loudly when we put up the videos) gave me jitters the whole rest of the night. I’ll never forget that sound.
2. that I didn’t have to worry about my voice sounding wonderful. Seems funny, I know, but it is such a temptation leading up to a performance to worry about how your voice will sound and if you’ll be able to hit all the notes, etc. It was nice to have a break from that. Oh! And about the makeup, no, I do not naturally have a “beauty mark”. We drew it on for the night since I, um, had what you would call a blemish there. 😛 Had to do something to cover it up!
“At the end of the show all of the princesses and the Ugly Stepsisters lined up along the hall to the dessert reception. It was so fun to play around with Jessica and take pictures with the little girls who came to see the show, and even autograph their programs. I felt like I was a little girl again! It was weird having to write ‘Drusilla’ instead of ‘Brigid’ when I signed my name though. I think this was the most enjoyable performance I have had in my life thus far. I can’t wait to tell my kids someday that their aunt and I played the Ugly Stepsisters in a show once. The looks that will be on their faces… :D”
Jessica wrote: “I cannot even begin to thank my wonderfully talented Voice Teacher, Mrs. Sharp, for letting Brigi and I play the parts of the Ugly Stepsisters!!! WOW!!! I can’t remember a more exhilarating performance than the one I participated in last night! To my ever self sacrificing Mother, I give her my biggest, most awkward Stepsister bow, finger to chin, and thank her in my most squeaky Anastasia voice, for making my beautiful costume, painstakingly curling my hair, and making sure we were all fed before we left for the grandeur of stage life! You are the best, Mom!!!
To Dad, all I can say is, thank you for not sending me off to a convent when you looked into my painted face, when you listened over and over to my terrible voice, and when you watched as I bounced childishly around in front of many people in the receiving line! You are so accommodating, Dad! Even to an Ugly Stepsister.
” The only two big bummers of last night’s theatrical, was the fact that Brigi and I were banished to the dark, and very unpopulated halls of the Church to await our phenomenal entrance, never to set eyes on the first acts of the 9 ravishing Princesses. 2nd, I erred erroneously by completely forsaking my piping recorder! It lay somewhere in the land of open makeup kits, and cast off bundles of everyday clothes. The worst moment – Brigi being called upon to sing, “Sing Sweet Nightingale” and both she and I looked dubiously out of the corners of our eyes and she mouthed “the Recorder!”. We both recovered with an eye roll, and were soon on our way to becoming the two famous sisters who played the eccentric roles of the despised Ugly Stepsisters. We had the best time of our lives during those few minutes up on stage. Oh glory! I wish you could have been there!”
We hope you all enjoyed reading about our experience up on stage and getting ready for this show! We can’t wait for you all to see the videos of our performances (laughter, blown out mics and all!)!