It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas?

Getting in the Christmas mood for our photoshoot!
Getting in the Christmas mood for our photoshoot!

The day after Halloween, a Christmas tree was already up and lit in our house! Although I am all for holiday spirit, November 1st is a bit too soon, at least for me, to be decked out in festive decoration. Why did you have your tree out so early then? I'm glad you asked! The tree was out because on Friday, November 2nd, we had our photoshoot for A Little Musical about Little Women.  But why did you need a Christmas tree? Great question! Our musical is a Christmas oriented show, meaning that a lot of the scenes occur during the Christmas season. Ultimately though, the story of Little Women is all about love and family and being thankful for what you have, which is one of the reasons we decided to perform it at Christmas time in the first place because that is what Christmas is all about. 

 

The photoshoot was very fun!  Curling hair and putting on make up went much smoother than the March sisters' experience in the book...no one's hair got burnt off! HUZZAH! The photos were taken by the talented Luke Fahrmann who captured the moments perfectly! It was our first time working with him, and we are definitely looking forward to working with him in the future! If you ever need someone to take photos for you, we highly recommend him! While taking some of the Christmas shots, we even put on some holiday music to help us get in the mood. It was also our first look at some of the costumes and I think we can all agree that Shayla Hastings did a fabulous job! Keep your eyes open for the pictures...they should be up within the next few days! 

 

Don't you think that is a handsome tree? (in the picture above). This tree, courtesy of the Schebek family, is actually set to make its second appearance in a musical production. You may recognize it from A Midsummer Night's Musical where it starred as Tree #2 (a very prestigious role). We were so delighted and pleased with its performance, that we offered it the upgraded role of Tree #1 in this musical. Of course, the tree could not turn down such an impressive offer and so it accepted immediately. We are looking forward to working with such a fine and talented tree once again! 

Whitney Millar (Jo) helps Krystyna Pangilinan (Beth) curl her hair.
Whitney Millar (Jo) helps Krystyna Pangilinan (Beth) curl her hair.

Today we finally got to practice on the real stage! It was a treat to be back and it was definitely nice to be able to figure out spacing and placement better.  Although rehearsals began in July, it's amazing when you remember how much work it actually takes until everything gets just the way you want it to. It's amazing how much work people actually have to put in to get something up to performance level. After you take that final bow and the curtain falls, after you go off to celebrate at the cast party and look forward to the next show, it's sometimes easy to forgot how many tiresome rehearsals there were where everything seemed to be going wrong. Sometimes you forget how many hours you had to put in to memorize your lines. And the reason you forget all the hard stuff, is because the end product is so rewarding. Performing and being on stage is so wonderful and exciting and fun, that it's totally worth all the tough rehearsal.Yup. 

The March family and friends!
The March family and friends!