I got all my academy girls' dresses finished, with varying degrees of success. Most of the little sweethearts liked their costumes, so I think it's a win. I'm still working on a piece of commissioned art for an inspirational speaker - it's drawn but not painted, and I'm still trying to make sense of the chord progressions in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. (I'm in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels at ALT, if you didn't hear my shriek of joy from where you were a few weeks ago.) The music might as well be Farsi, for how well I'm doing with it. Harmony is a challenge for me. And when I say 'challenge,' I mean it's so hard it makes me want to sit down in the middle of the floor and cry real, unattractive, unmusical tears.
But enough of my harmony saga. (For today, anyway. I reserve the right to whine about it again at a later date.) Last night I went and fitted the girls in their dresses, and then watched the rehearsal to see if they needed other mending or alterations. I took LOADS of pictures, and then my camera battery died before act II. However:
Here are nine of my Put on a Happy Face Girls. Aren't they cute? I just want to pinch their cheeks.
The tenth girl was a little late, so she missed the before photos. But she was super cute, too, as you can see in the video.
I took the girls' belts to put fasteners on them, and some of them don't have petticoats, and one girl even gave up her costume so that I could do a little altering, but even for a Sunday night during tech week, you can see what this darling little number will be opening night. Adorable. Stinking Adorable. The guy singing is Ryce, and I had him for a student when he was shorter than me, before he was even old enough to be in my class. Now he's a graduating senior who was just accepted to the theatre department at ACU. Makes me feel weepy and proud and sort of old.
In any case, I love these kids, and I love my job, and I LOVE working for the theatre. There's so much joy in each step of the way. I wouldn't trade it for the world!