When I saw a sign that the Missoula Children’s Theatre was holding auditions for Snow White, I pulled the car over and took a photo to text to Matt. MISSOULA in Mayport, Florida?! So cool. Missoula, Montana is the place where Matt and I met, went to college, married, and learned about ourselves in our twenties. We will always love Missoula. So I offered the idea to the kids, and they said they’d like to be in a play. Since every kid who auditions gets cast in a role, it was all just for fun (and it was all free, too). Ashton got a tad freaked out at the dramatic thesbians in charge and opted not to perform, but Cedar hung in there and got (as all the youngsters did) the role of a bat. The play was cast on Monday and performed on Friday, so Cedar spent the better part of his week rehearsing (it was all held at the Youth Center here on base, a magical blessing for military kids and families). He spent 9 hours there on Friday, the majority of which was spent waiting silently, so he was so very tired by the end. But he hung in there and kept going for it.
As for Ashton, she and I had the opportunity to watch the making of a play from start to finish. We stayed for several of the rehearsals and watched as they put on their costumes and makeup, practiced their parts, and talked about the performances. Even though she wasn’t in the play, I’m sure she got a lot out of the experience as well.
As I tried to stay as unobtrusive as possible, the photos you see are those I sneaked from corners and behind glass. All in all I’d say it was a great experience, and I am proud of my Missoula for standing with and for us once again… this time for my kids.