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The Drama Queen

Alice is a bit of drama queen.

I think all kindergarteners are, but Alice is especially so. We often catch her in her bedroom alone singing a totally made up narrative in a movie she's creating on the spot. Usually about a mermaid. Or princess. And it's usual very melodramatic and often includes rhyming lyrics.

So I signed her up for the park district production of Frozen for 5-6-year-olds, thinking getting her in front of an audience would ignite a love of the theater -- or something like that. This weekend was the final performance.

And while it was TOTALLY adorable and she did a fantastic job, she's still on the fence about doing it again for the next season.


She's got until this week to let me know. They are doing Pirates and Princesses - the music from Princess Sophia and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. So, it's right up her alley.

Meanwhile, Leah (who you can see in the video clip in the white shirt and blue dress) is now begging me to sign her up for the elementary school production. They're doing High School Musical. So, she asked to watch the movie before she decided.

We watched it last night.

They were both SHOCKED about what high school life looks like. And how mean the teachers are. And "do we have to dance and sing at lunch?!" and "I don't want to kiss a boy!" Seriously, it was the best movie-watching experience with them in a long time. Questions I never thought of through the WHOLE movie.

The verdict was, of course, Leah would love to sing those cool songs and wear those clothes in the production, so "please please please sign me up!"

Maybe we'll have two theater girls in the house? I'm not sure I can handle that.


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