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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.

busy week photo roundup

It’s been a busy week with many activities.We had gymnastics on Saturday; visited a farm with friends Autumn and Clay Monday afternoon, and then checked out cousin Sean’s play that evening. Tuesday morning Aidan and I continued building and painting a Pinewood Derby car that we started a while back. He enjoyed working the Dremel tool. Later that day we had art class. On Wednesday, Aidan and Mom helped out at Pilcher Park in Joliet, IL with other Earth Scouts pulling garlic mustard and collecting trash. That evening we took a class on ocean life (see “Plankton, Squid, and the Imagination of Children”). Thursday, Aidan acted in Goldie Locks and the Three Bears. (He played Papa Bear.) Friday, we learned about predators and prey in our Fridays in the Forest class with Miss Anna, played with friends, and began to observe caterpillars working their way towards becoming butterflies. Finally, on Saturday Aidan helped us spread five yards of mulch and install two tons of wall stone around our planting beds. (Ok, he mostly just played on the pile of mulch.) Wow, I’m tired now that I’ve listed it all. I’m not used to all this summer fun. Like I said, it’s been a busy week. I thought I would post a few pictures with some of the highlights. (Not all the activities are represented, but you get the idea.)

down the rabbit hole we fell…

This afternoon we trekked down to The Theatre School of DePaul University to take in their production of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland. We’ve been reading the book, and the play was just about as crazy as Carroll’s original text–complete with the long long drop down the rabbit hole, the Mad Hatter, the grinning Cheshire cat, and the disagreeable Queen of Hearts who would just as soon behead everyone in Wonderland. The full cast of characters accompanied us as we followed Alice through her adventures–a good time we won’t soon forget.

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