Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My Pregnant 15-year-old Daughter is a STAR!

(I wish my camera took better pictures in low light - flash photography isn't allowed)
Bethany made her starring debut in "Rumors" a Neil Simon play last week. I have to admit that seeing her dressed up as a pregnant woman was disconcerting, as was her on-screen PDA with her husband, who I threatened to beat up after the show.

However, she was fantastic. Ben has always been the theatrical one in this family, now he has some competition.

She played "Cookie" a 30-year-old pregnant (trophy?) wife of a prominent 50-something psychologist.

I was proud not only of the job she did, but also of the character she displayed. The play has a lot of cussing. She wasn't going to try out, but the director took all the cuss words out of her part so she could do it.

Ben Wins NATS

Ben was one of the honors winners at the Lewis & Clark NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singers) competition up in Orange City at Northwestern College.

Sang the kind of high-falluting stuff I don't much get into, but is impressive nonetheless.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Les Miserables

This is the banner-winning (state champion) musical theatre from 2008, cuttings from Les Mis.

Those Canaan Days - Joseph/Technicolor Dream Coat

Here's another song from that show - another one I really like. Soloist is matt Walker

Another Try at YouTube - Show choir

Show Choir

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

I HATE My Oldest Son!!!

He got great offers from Yale and MIT, and decided to accept the MIT offer. So, he will spend the next 6 or so years of his life in Boston. He is not a sports fan at all, so it might be okay to be in the home of the world's greatest two evils - Red Sox and Patriots.

But today, he sent out an email telling me that MIT had informed him that because of the economic downturn, he was going to have to pay his own tuition ($90,000). He was going to try to talk to Yale and see if they would let him come there after all.

I was horrified at MIT for doing this to him. I thought it was really rotten that they offered him a tuition scholarship plus stipend then after he accepted, they changed their minds.

Then, someone else who got the email reminded me of the date. April Fool! I used to play pranks on other people, not get fooled by them. Doggone bratty kid.

So, Matt got me; hook, line and sinker. And I hate him for it!