Sunday, December 16, 2007

A Christmas Story to remember

My wife and I were invited to attend a Christmas performance with our 8 year old Grandaughter doing a dialog and solo with group singing. Little did we realize nor did her parents, that our 'I can do anything, attitude', Grandaughter played two different parts.

She had gone into her room every evening, closed the door and played the CD over and over until she had, within 5 evenings, memorised the entire 1 hour program containing 20 children. When the distraught lady directing the program, at the last minute asked for a volunteer to please play yet another part for a child that had not shown up, our grandaughter, who already played two rolls, quickly shot up her hand. "The word Negative has never been in this young lady's vocabulary"

It turned out to be the hit of the evening, as she ran back and forth laughing happily, sometimes swapping her 'mop' wig and wardrobe, as a trio of singing Wisemen, for a hand held microphone to sing her other solo parts, sometimes a Shepperd wearing a blanket, sometimes a Wiseman wearing a long garment. The audience did not know at first what was happening. This went on throughout the entire show with her original first then her second roll 'dialogs', alternating with all of her group participation singing.

Everyone soon realized what was going on and started to laugh at the lively antics required for wardrobe change and position switching, to play all of the various rolls. It was wildly entertaining for sure. We are still laughing.

At one point she had no time to switch out the 'mop' wig, so she just leaned out from her position as a Wiseman, hanging onto her 'mop' wig and long Sheperds crook shaft, grabbed the microphone, sang the other persons solo part, then quickly plopped on the 'mop' wig and resumed her 'Wiseman' trio singing roll, laughing at times when she realised she had the mop wig still on for some other solo singing roll.

By this time she had the audience all laughing with her, so hard we could not stop. A standing ovation was endless. All in all, the very best performance of The Christmas Story that we ever attended. Kids and families are the greatest part of life.

We will always remember this Christmas performance and our 8 year old Grandaughters version of the Classic Christmas Story of Jesus Christ entering our world. He does not expect perfection. He just loves us all for playing a 'positive' part in it.


Blogger summerflu said...

BG! Get this girl to Broadway fast. She's got the "bug".

3:29 PM  
Blogger Blogengeezer said...

I'm so sad we weren't in Albuquerque to see the play and enjoy your grand daughter. It sounds so fun. I guess she has her grand mothers singing voice.
We miss you both, hope to see you up this way in the spring.
Merry Christmas to both of you,

3:52 PM  
Blogger Veronica said...

What a fun and wonderful story! It definitely sounds like the entertainment gene runs in the family.
BG, how and where will you spend the holidays? Will it be a white Christmas for you?

4:41 AM  
Blogger Blogengeezer said...

Summerflu, She loves to sing and has a great voice for an 8 year old. Her memory of the words and melody, cause her to silently word the others kids parts as they sing or speak. She is monitoring the entire performance. Now what does that mean? Choreographer? Director? Producer? Maybe she will hire Blogengeezer some day?

Barb, we miss your company in your old home and will see you again on another trip. If the center of the US is the Midwest, then you must live in the Middle East?

Veronica, we winter in ABQ because the weather is usually not too awful cold. The snow that we had last Christmas was fantastic and turned our home into a winter wonderland. It had not been that snowy for quite a few years. This year only one snowfall so far. Another storm is approaching from the Pacific Northwest. That, combined with moisture coming up from the Gulf of Mexico, maybe will time correctly for a white Christmas. Storms are fickle in the Southwest. It changes daily or more often. Weather patterns in the Southwest typically move through rapidly on their way East, to dump weather on other parts of the nation. The altitude they need to go over the mountains, squeezes out some moisture, that's why we usually only 'average' 8 inches of precipitation anually. The overall avg for the entire Southwest over the last 3,000 years is only 1.3 inches. I think we are doing exceptionally well don't you?
Merry Christmas Ya'all

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful story...thanks for sharing...

Have a very Merry Christmas and hope you have a Happy New Year that brings you more joy and success in 2008

8:17 AM  
Blogger LB_Denmark said...

Oh, Mr. Blogengeezer! What a nice story! That little girl must be a big actress or musical star one day. Perhaps even a new Judy Garland! It would be a pity not to let her educate herself as an actress if she has the talent for it!

Merry Christmas to everybody!

1:53 PM  
Blogger Veronica said...

A merry New York Christmas to you, Mr. BG and to all the friends we have made here. May we all find peace and happiness in our world soon, and let us all make an effort to take care of Mother Earth.

8:44 PM  
Blogger summerflu said...

You look terrific in your profile photo, BG! I'm so glad to get to see precisely who to look for in "Appaloosa" - and to see the face of a favorite fellow blogger. You rock, BG. Have a wonderful holiday.

5:59 PM  
Blogger Blogengeezer said...

Whoa! Summerflu are you a fashion model or did you find a cover girl and borrow her image? Stay in the 'Arts', You are most definetly a valuable asset to the field.

We love Glen Eyrie. Our youngest son worked there during the summer while attending college in ND. I loved the wild Bighorn Sheep eating the grass on the lawn. The stories about the Eagles are memorable as well.

I always enjoyed reading about General Palmer. Wouldn't it have been the greatest life experience working and traveling with that great visionary during those fantastic days in the mid 1800's?

I always enjoyed staying at the Palmer Hotel in Durango on business and pleasure. Wouldn't you have enjoyed attending the lavish parties as his guest at the Castle? Wouldn't you like being a 'time traveler'?

His winding mountain railroads were the most amazing wonders to come to Colorado and have such an influence on it's phenominal growth in those years. Wouldn't his life story make a super movie?

The stories of Colorado in those Glory Days are still fascinating to me. I was a 'Stampede to Timberline' mountain explorer, while attending various schools years ago.

We travel in Colorado during the summer months. I often times write about it's natural wonders and it's outdoor loving people.

Enjoy the winter Summerflu. The skiing is most likely getting really great about now. As an avid ex downhill skier, I'm envious.

7:54 PM  
Blogger summerflu said...

BG, you are too too kind. I told my photo model to be a bit more like Petra Nemcova, but the girl can't take stage direction, 'ya know? Seriously, my sister's camera is just very forgiving is all. But thank you. Colorado would very much love to have you back anytime. General Palmer sits on his horse in a statue just down the street where I live, and with all I've read about him he was certainly a livewire. I love scouring the online history records for this whole neighborhood. I've never been to Glen Eyrie or Durango, so I'll have to check them out. I've tried to research the "Stampede to Timberline" exploration and have not come up with much online, so I now have a new CO history research subject. I'll tell you what I find. I truly admire all of the lives you've led; I think your life story would make a super movie. I hope you have an excellent new year. And I'll be here to read what you do next!

8:03 PM  

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