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MRU’s Stage 20’s performance of Mr. Fantastic Fox premiered tonight. Guess who was Mr. Fantastic Fox?

Tim and the entire cast did a wonderful job. We are proud of him. A lot of hard work and practice went into making a fantastic show. Everyone gets a well deserved pat on the back. Good work Mill River!

Cover of "Bye Bye Birdie"
Cover of Bye Bye Birdie

It’s hard being a mom sometimes. You second guess yourself and then you second guess your second guessing… and well, you get it. You see things in your kids that they might not even see and you want things for them that you swear that they don’t even know that they want. Tonight was the high school auditions for Bye Bye Birdie. We “encouraged” Tim to go. The boy honestly has talent, he is a born entertainer. No stage fright, he morphs into a character in an amazing fashion. Auditions were open to 8th through 12th grade. Usually middle school is not part of the high school productions so this was a bit of a big deal. Tonight, we walked into the gymnasium and into a sea (okay so not quite a sea, more like a gaggle if indeed teenagers can be called a gaggle) of high school kids. Tim walked in, looked back and gave me one of those “Thanks for throwing me to the sharks, Mom” looks. My heart froze “what had I done?” His friend had promised to go with him to auditions, but he was nowhere to be seen. At a glance, my little, youngest, baby 8th grader was in a room of high school kids. So what did I do?

I left. Seriously, sounds horrible but I left. I had to leave to drive my middle son somewhere and honestly I thought that he would be less self-conscious if I wasn’t the only mother (or parent) in the auditorium (which at that moment I was). Bad enough that the poor kid was thrown to the sharks, but did Mom have to bear witness?

I am happy to report that when I returned I got a “thumbs up” from the little man and I sat for a while (there were a couple other parents there by then) to see him sing and perform. As I suspected he was great, wonderful – totally in his element.

The long and short of it was that he came away from the audition with a good feeling. He thought that he did his best and he’ll have to wait to see if he gets a part (and if so, which one). I hope that he does, since I know that this is where he belongs – where his talent shines (and not just coming from his mom). The “sharks” turned out to be a great bunch of kids, very welcoming and very encouraging -to Tim and to each other. And he turns out to not be the only 8th grader there, which was also good.

Now, we sit and we wait for the cast sheet to be posted. Hopefully, when he comes home it will be with a smile on his face. 🙂

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“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”

“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

“I don’t much care where—” said Alice.

“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

“—So long as I get somewhere,” Alice added as an explanation.

“Oh you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”

“But I don’t want to go among mad people,” Alice remarked.“Oh you can’t help that,” said the Cat: “we’re all mad here. I’m mad, you’re mad.”

“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice.

“You must be,” said the Cat, “or you wouldn’t have come here.”

“And how do you know that you’re mad?”

“To begin with,” said the Cat, “a dog’s not mad. You grant


“I suppose so,” Alice said.

“Well, then,” the Cat went on, “you see a dog growl when it’s angry, and wag its tail when it’s pleased. Now I growl when I’m pleased, and wag my tail when I’m angry. Therefore I’m mad.” ~~~ Lewis Carroll.

Standing here grinning ear to ear is my own little Cheshire Cat.

We are heading out this weekend to see The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. No, I am not being opinionated or egotistical, that’s the name of the play put on by the Rutland Youth Theater. Several of Tim’s friends from school are in it, he is not. That’s a long story but basically it’s due to the difference between boys and girls at this age of 12. Girls are aware of their surroundings and other people and notice big huge posters hanging up all around the school announcing auditions for said play. Boys, on the other hand, well they are not so aware, unless it’s got guns or dragons or a video game controller attached to it which evidently the posters for auditions did not have. Therefore, the girls are in the play and Tim is not. In any event, I am sure that we will have a great time, since the Paramount Theater is a great old theater and a fun place to spend a snowy evening. Plus we get dinner out, a nice treat.

Tuesday night was the holiday concert at the elementary school and Tim wowed the audience once again as his part of “the Fool” in the play. He is our little actor and it was pretty neat to hear the whispers of parents, “he’s good”.  Tonight the boys went together with their troop (and us) Christmas caroling. Pretty darn Norman Rockwell, Christmas caroling by lantern in the dark with hot cocoa and treats afterward. It was pretty cool and I think that the boys had a good time as well. Tomorrow is tree decorating at the Heffernan house so the rest of the house will be decked out. Saturday is my friend Cassie’s annual christmas cookie swap, so lots of baking. Tomorrow is also Tim’s Christmas Luncheon for parents and grandparents at school as well as his Christmas party since some of the teachers and students at the school are hoping that Friday’s predicted Nor’Easter will give them a snow day. Highly doubtful but, hey, you never know.

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