Kelly has finished week one of being Princess Jasmine, in the Aladdin musical. She has done a fantastic job and is getting rave reviews of her singing and acting abilities. I was quite teary through both performances that I have seen so far and Nate and I couldn’t be more proud of our daughter and her accomplishments.
This is a huge cast on a small stage, but such a colorful show. Kelly plays the role of Princess Jasmine. She is gorgeous in her costume and really fell into the part. The drama teacher told me that he can no longer call Kelly by her name…he now calls her Jasmine because of how “she has become her part” ha! he is funny.
Her friend Katie played the Genie and wow, can this girl act! She is amazing and such a strong personality on stage. She’s got a powerful voice and at the same time, can be so funny and gentle. She and Kelly did a duet together called, “To Be Free”. It was my favorite song in the show and made me cry every time. Katie is such a natural on stage and a great role model for her fellow cast mates.
Aladdin is played by Daniel, another friend of Kelly’s. He has an amazing voice as well and everyone was hoping he’d get the part. He too, sings a song that brings you to tears when he sings about not disappointing his parents and making them proud of him. Oh boy, this musical has its moments when the Kleenex are necessary. sniff-sniff
One of my other favorite parts of the show had to be the magic carpet. It is played by Johanna, yes…Kelly’s good friend. She never speaks throughout the show, but this girl can dance and has the best facial expressions that say it all! When she is on stage, she steals the show and makes everyone laugh. Great job magic carpet!
In every fairytale, there has to be the evil villain. In Aladdin, the villain is Jafar and his sidekick, Iago the parrot. They are evil and very funny. Cameron does a superb job in his role. He is rock solid at every performance and does a great low, scary voice which is needed as Jafar.
As I said in the beginning, this is a large cast. They have 60 kids in the ensemble and they sounded wonderful together. The first song that began the show was called, “Arabian Nights”. I loved hearing the soft sound of the ornaments on their costumes sounding like quiet chimes as they walk and dance across the stage. So relaxing and soothing. Their voices all working together is fabulous. Kudos to their directors and choreographers.
When the show ends each night, the cast hang around out in the hallway and greet the guest who have been watching. This is such a fun time for everyone, especially the little girls who adore Princess Jasmine. I think Kelly might even enjoy getting this attention more than on stage (don’t tell her I said that). We caught Kelly down on the floor chatting with her fans. It was adorable to watch her interact with these kids and how star-struck these children were. Loved it! Kelly was fantastic with them and giving them her full attention. Just as a a real princess would. Yay Kelly~
Little kids weren’t the only fans that came to see Kelly and the musical. Our most special guests were Grandma & Grandpa Solberg. They drove over from Sheboygan, WI, Friday night and we all went to see the show on Saturday. My sister Terry and her boyfriend came along as well. They were all so impressed by it and I heard many laughs out of them all. Afterward, we all went back to our house for pizza and beverages. It was a great day for everyone.
On Thursday night, some of my wonderful friends attended the show as well, to support Kelly. How great is that! They had such wonderful things to say about her, that it made me teary once again. Best of all, they loved the show. Thank you Renee, Sheri, Dawn and Cindy! We also were surprised on Saturday by our fabulous neighbors, Tracy and her daughter Andra…Megan’s good friend.
The show is not over yet. They have four more to go next weekend. I know there is a group of seven Hidden Valley co-workers that are planning on going this Thursday and my brother Jim & Sandra. So the guests keep coming and will be enjoying the show.
Kelly has had many of her school friends showing up as well. We spotted a few that wanted me to take their picture and have some fun.
This sure was a big moment in our lives and we are all enjoying it. Nate and I have never heard Kelly sing before (she keeps her door closed) so to sit in that auditorium and come out on stage and hear her for the first time was an unbelievable moment that we will never forget. We are so proud of her and can’t wait to hear more. Maybe she’ll keep her door open now!
Before I end my blog today, I have to add one more fun picture. When Kelly was five years old, she liked dressing up and being a princess. Here she is as Princess Jasmine at 5, and now at 15. It was meant to be!