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Friday Five: Christmas Shows of Old

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We opened our Christmas show last night and the students did amazingly well! I've always enjoyed seeing the Christmas show, but this year was especially exciting because I had a piece in it! Choreographing a giant snowball fight on stage has been the most fun I've had setting a piece probably ever! 

Just being in the audience last night made me reminisce about Christmas shows gone past and some of my favorite memories: 

Friday Five

Christmas Show Memories of Old

1. Best Nutcracker Role - Sure, I was a Peppermint Princess soloist my senior year of high school, a Russian Doll before that, a beautiful snowflake and even a flower in the Waltz of the Flowers (TOTALLY bit it on stage one night, too). But all those pale in comparison with my favorite role in the history of roles, a rat. I loved the costume and I loved the drama. 'Nough said.

There I am, offering the Rat King a giant piece of cheese! 

There I am, offering the Rat King a giant piece of cheese! 

2. Soldiers - When I was a student at OCU, I had the awesome opportunity to be in our traditional "March of the Toy Soldiers" piece and I loved it. I felt like a miniature Rockette marching my heart out, flapping like no tomorrow, holding the perfect doll face, and pinwheeling to beat the band. It truly is a legacy piece that I'm so thankful I had the chance to perform it!

3.  Timber! - You always hope that things go well for a show, but sometimes things happen...and it can be hilarious. Like that one time Frosty fell over just before exiting the wings...and had to be dragged off...because you cannot get up in that snowball costume--totally there for it and it was as funny as it sounds. 

*If I had a picture or video, I would insert here...but I don't so you'll just have to imagine and giggle without it.* 

4. Best Audience with the Biggest Fans - Sometimes it's not the show you remember, but the people in the audience. I remember this particular Christmas show well, Grandma came up to see the show and I'm so glad we were able to make that happen for her and for me! 

The last show Grandma got to see at OCU and I'm so glad she did!

The last show Grandma got to see at OCU and I'm so glad she did!

5. My Very First Performance - Here it is, where it all started. My first performance as a dancer was at a little Christmas show in a mall. I stepped on my friends tu-tu and ripped it, but by golly I was a professional! Kept right on dancing and tried to drag my friend along with me. After all, he show must go on! 

Baby's first dance costume...with many more to follow. 

Baby's first dance costume...with many more to follow. 

Started my performance career in gold and white and ended my last Christmas show in gold and white. Pretty fitting if you ask me. 

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