Thursday, May 20, 2010

Super Stars

Have you ever seen the movie "Thoroughly Modern Millie?" It's one of my favorites. When I was 8, my cousin Brooke saw it at the Villa Theatre -- the ulitmate movie theatre in Salt Lake. She came over one night and told me the entire story from beginning to end. She acted out all the parts for me there in my room. I was riveted to my bed. Brooke could tell a story like nobody else. It made me want to see Millie in thee worst way. I thought about it all the time -- Millie DuMont tap dancing in the elevator and Mrs. Meers yelling "shoo-show, shoo-show" in her horrible Chinese accent. I begged my mom to take me to the Villa so I could see it in person. But it just wasn't in the cards. I think my mom would have changed her mind if could have watched Brooke's performance in my room. I had to wait 5 years to get my wish. It came on TV and I watched it with my best friend Shauna in her basement. We laughed our heads off. I've loved it ever since. I now own the DVD so I can watch it whenever I want.

Well tonight, Eden was in the production of Thoroughly Modern Millie put on by the middle school. You haven't lived until you see 13-year-olds perform this play. It was a delight. My love for Millie just increased tenfold.

Our friend Gillian played Millie. She sang like she has been performing for years. Eden was in the chorus. He danced his way to fame along with several other boys. It takes guts for boys this age to get on stage and tap dance. Frankly, I was amazed that all of these kids were willing to put themselves out there and risk embarrassment, being teased, or getting beat up. I know some of them worried about that, especially the ones who had to kiss each other and pretend they were in love (like Gillian.)
Look at the faces on these boys, they are into it .... except for the one on the far right. He wears the look of someone who is seriously concentrating, like he's just trying to remember all the dance moves. That would be the look I would have on my face if this were me.

The thing is, they were all so good, even the boy in black! (My cousin Brooke would have been impressed, and so would Shauna.) They performed with such confidence and seemed to be having a lot of fun. I was genuinely entertained. So much so, that I would go see it again, even if I didn't have to. And I have to, because my son is in the play.

At the end, the audience stood up and cheered. It was the most enthusiastic cheer I've ever heard at a middle school play. Believe me, I should know, I seen many of them. And in this audience, the loudest voices .... were those of the peers.

That Eden, he never ceases to amaze me. I think he even amazed Claire.


Puttin' Down Roots said...

That's so cool. So fun. He'll have great memories for doing it. I love musicals! One of my favorite things to go see.

Jenni said...

That is awesome! He looks great up there!