The long awaited (by me) year of the mouse in the Nutcracker finally arrived! Helen Grace started out in the Nutcracker as a tumbleweed in the wild west version at 3, was a snowflake in the Alice in Wonderland version at 4, and was at last a mouse in the fairy tale version at 5.
Only at the rehearsals on stage this past week did I realize that Helen Grace had been chosen to be one of two mice to run out on stage and grab the cheese out of the mouse trap. During both times at practice, HG had her fingers plugging her ears as she played her part, anticipating the loud noise of the trap snapping closed (although there was no motion of the trap- just noise). We talked all week about how she knew it was coming, could take her fingers out, and prepare for the noise. I was a nervous wreck, but as always, SHE DID AWESOME!!!! No fingers in her ears for either performance (one Saturday, one Sunday). She did so well and had all the right (e)motions. At one point, she got a bit out of order in the line as they came out on stage. She hesitated for a split second as she considered running to her spot, but she quickly (and smartly) decided to just jump in line and get back in step. Such a big girl.
She was so proud of herself, LOVED all the roses she received from her sweet grandparents, and is already talking about what role she’ll get to play next year.
Saturday afternoon performance- “Mommy, take a picture of me as a ballerina!”Loving her lipstickGreeting Bubba, Granddaddy, and SpifferEven after a “mouse nap” before the show, she still needed an post-performance nap to be able to make it through a family dinner. I can’t remember the last time that she slept in my lap, so I soaked IT ALL UP.She asked for a photo shoot of/with her roses.Getting ready for Sunday’s performanceThe audience was full that night- the Mattice girls, Daddy, Grandma, and Peggy.Grabbing the cheese!Shaking their tails at the soldiers
Video from the second night of rehearsals (and I was so panicked about the trap part that I messed up the video and didn’t get it recorded- boooo)