April 2011

April 2011
Boondocking at my brother's in Reno, April 2011

Friday, May 25, 2012

A Passion for Wicked

Before I go any further, WARNING!!!!  This is an unabashed Grandma's Brag Book post but one I definitely want in my next blog book.  Besides, I am proud of my grands and I want them to know it!

Yesterday Russ and I went to Gresham, OR to see one of our 12 year old granddaughters perform in her middle school talent show.  Other than a couple of lines at a choir concert earlier this year, this was Bekah’s first public solo performance.  She was terrified but she overcame her fear and did an outstanding job with her selection.

Regarding her song selection; while other kids went with the modern tunes familiar to the teen age set, Bekah went with her heart and sang a show tune.  Her parents (bless them) have exposed her to live performances from time to time and Bekah has recently discovered a passion for live musical theater.  She even knows who Rodgers and Hammerstein are lol!!  That’s a pretty good passion to have at her age.

"Wicked" is a Broadway musical set in the time before Dorothy arrived in the Land of Oz, when the witches were still young girls and good friends. Glinda, the Good Witch is preparing to give Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, a makeover in this song. There was no coaching from the teachers. You have to imagine that Elphaba is present, as this was simply a solo and not a scene from the play. Pardon the acoustics, this was in the gym! The background is not so great either tee-hee.  I was so proud of Bekah for doing something out of the ordinary and not just a song from popular teenage music. Great job Bekah!  (I added the words in post-production as the echoes made it hard to hear her words.)


And that, my friends, is what we did yesterday…and it did my heart good.  There were lots of other talented kids in the program too and I am so thankful that there is still a school that places importance on things like music and art. 

20 comments:

  1. And, you should be glad, Donna. Bekah did a wonderful job. She has such a good voice. I loved Broadway plays when I was a kid and used to sneak into NYC to see matinees. We work so hard to raise our kids to be good, productive, and compassionate adults; why shouldn't that extend to our grandchildren. I'm very proud of mine, too.

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  2. Yea for Bekah. Tell we think she did a great job! She look very composed and very cute!

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  3. If Grands cannot be proud, the world is lost:)

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  4. Grandma and grandpa should be walking around like a couple of peacocks. Great job Bekah.

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  5. Bekah has a very mature voice for a 12-year-old. Well-done!

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  6. Wonderful!!! And in Kansas, we are familiar with Wicked! In fact, our Mombi cat is named for the wicked witch of the North in the whole complete story of the Wizard of Oz!

    Good for Bekah for walking her own walk and singing her own song!

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  7. I certainly understand. I used to fly up from Texas to attend my grands games and school functions. The making of memories will keep us alive in them longer than we really are. Good for you. Enjoy that family!

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  8. Wonderful, wonderful! I'm glad you displayed the words since I'm not familiar with that song. I liked that Bekah used the prop of the mirror and added actions into the song. Great job, Bekah!

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  9. great job Bekah!!..making your Grandparents proud!!!

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  10. Fantastic! It took a few moments before she got into her own. And then OMG it took off for sure!
    Thanks for sharing that with us and all the best to your granddaughter.

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  11. Great Job! I think it is wonderful that she challenged her comfort zone so graciously. Bravo for a beautiful young woman! Congratulations to the very proud Grandma and Grandpa.

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  12. WOW! Only 12 years old.. she did a great job! AND she has a lovely smile ;-) She'd make any grandparent proud!

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  13. First, NEVER apologize for posting about your grandkids! There isn't a grandparent worth his/her salt who doesn't love bragging on their g'kids. And that's fine with us! Second, congrats to Bekah - good for her for persevering and doing a great job. So glad you got to see her perform.

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  14. Bekah has a lot of talent and guts to sing a solo. Good for her!

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  15. Way to go Bekah!! Sure am glad you bragged about her. She more than deserves it.

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  16. Grandparents are SUPPOSED to brag. That's why we were created.

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  17. Wow, Bekah did great! You should be and of course are very proud. I loved her song choice. Look out world, she is going places.

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  18. Watch out American Idol! That was wonderful and so glad you both were able to share that moment with Bekah.

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  19. Great job, Bekah. Very impressive. Nice work on the video as well.

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  20. We always enjoy your video's also. Bekah gave a very good performance. We can see why you are so proud of her. Hope you both have a Great Sunday and thanks for sharing.

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