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aidan’s big break

Aidan debuted in his first big stage production this past December 6, 2011 with the Stage Play Musical Theater Company. He played two roles–the Brave Combat Hero Soldier Prince and the Huntsman. Both were speaking parts and the latter included a full scene with a song. The show took place at the Lockport Township High School in an auditorium designed to hold 1500; while it wasn’t a packed house, there were at least 375 people there that night.

Aidan and his cast-mates prepared and rehearsed for 14 weeks leading up to the big show. A lot of work went into it–both through group rehearsals and many individual hours or running lines, memorizing song lyrics, practicing dance moves, and understanding the technical aspects of stage “blocking.” By show time, it paid off. Everyone did wonderfully, and Aidan pulled off his part without a hitch. You could kind of tell that he was a little nervous, but he knew his lines, he delivered them with conviction, and he performed his song with perfect timing. To see the look of personal satisfaction and pride come over his face after his main scene was absolutely priceless.

He danced; he sang; he acted. Aidan worked really hard to get to this show. For a kid who struggles a good deal with social anxiety, he was right in his element on that stage–and often seems comfortable in the performer’s spotlight. Chris and I are so proud of him, and we love him so much.

woodward’s “thought of you”

Stumbled upon this short animated film by Ryan Woodward recently. It’s a beautiful 3 minutes and 4 seconds if you’ve got the time to spare. In this two-dimensional narrative of movement, Woodward offers us a glimpse at the fleeting nature of our relationships as we touch, dance, and let go. The musical score is called “World Spins Madly On” by The Weepies. For more on Woodward’s work, visit his site Conté Animated.

dancing around the world

Matt Harding dances around the world–“badly,” as he says–but in doing so he has learned a lot about what it means to be connected to people in our world. I came across Matt’s story through the This I Believe essay project. You can hear him talking there about how his view of the world has been changed through dancing, and you can see some of his fast footwork below. It just might brighten your day. Hit play below to take a look.

You can learn more about Matt, see more videos, and hear what he’s up to at his web site: Where the Hell is Matt?

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