Friday, April 20, 2012

Zack as Ben Franklin


This week we had a wonderful school day -- a play about early American history put on by the 3rd grade of Zack's school.

This was such a monumental achievement for Zack, as during previous years, he absolutely refused to get up on stage.  Last year, his teacher gracefully handled this by letting him run the lights for the play, but this year, he was VERY excited to play Ben Franklin.

I had to patch together a costume -- and I'm not a sewer.  We ended up getting an Easter suit for the vest, I cut the pants off below the knee, and then put him in a pair of my trouser socks.  Tuck the pants in, add a pair of reading glasses, and there you go -- Ben Franklin!

But first, let's start early in the AM when Zack was buttoning into his costume.  I digress because as I was cropping photos, I had a laugh-out-loud moment.  I took two photos one right after the other as Zack buttoned his vest, and noticed something that proves without a doubt that our two cats constantly stalk each other.  To wit:



and two seconds later....


(And my photos aren't very good this time around -- shaky hands that day.  Sorry about that.)

We headed to school early, and when Zack was offered a hat complete with ponytail, he LEAPED for it.  Which again was a big surprise because part of what he said he hated about plays was wearing any type of costume.  Granted, last year he would have been a slice of bread, and Ben Franklin is way cooler than bread.


He's so cute I could just cry whenever I see these.

I helped some of the other kids with hats and wigs and they headed to the stage for a rehearsal.  I got these photos during that rehearsal and I'm glad I did, because even though my photos aren't great, they would have been impossible when the actual play took place because of the stage lighting.


The play was about early America, so we had George and Martha Washington narrating (one of the George's is there on the far left), Native Americans, and early settlers.  We also had the History Police (there in the middle) and a game show host with three game show players who tried to answer questions about the colonies but all they could come up with for an answer to anything was an exuberant "IDAHO"!  


Zack started to get a little nervous and was quite deep in thought at one point, in true Zack fashion...


(And yes, that's Leif Erickson trying to keep his helmet on -- because he was thought to have really been the first to find America).

There were a LOT of songs to sing, and Zack sang every single one.  In fact, he's been singing them for weeks here in the house, particularly while soaking in the tub.  And I tell you, it's a happy house when you hear your little guy singing with gusto and abandon.


Then there was the dance.

OMG, y'all.  It was absolutely adorable.  I got a little bit of film, thankfully, because it was absolutely too cute for words.  He did a typical mommy stumble in rehearsal (and is it awful that I find that so endearing?) but was perfect during the play.


He had three lines, all Ben Franklin-isms, and he played them to perfection and to laughter and applause (all the while marching back and forth across the stage with his hands clasped behind his back while George Washington tried to get him to stop for an interview).


Rick and I both were proud as proud could be -- this was such a huge achievement for him!  He's come so far from shunning the stage and public performance to being just fine with it.  And even when he had a little stumble, he kept going and didn't let it stop him.


Not stopping when we stumble -- we should all remember that.







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Lori Anderson creates jewelry for her web site, Lori Anderson Designs, and wrote the blog An Artist's Year Off.  She is the creator of the Bead Soup Blog Party.



33 comments:

  1. How sweet is that? Great job, Zack!

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  2. Absolutely fantastic!

    PS - I was going to put "adorable", but figured Zack might not be too pleased with that. I know my grandsons wouldn't be.

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  3. What a difference a year makes! I always love your Zack posts and this one was extra special. Excellent costuming, by the way. Wait till you get this: "Mom, can you make me a Kepler costume?" Kepler?

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  4. Zack - You did a GREAT JOB! I am so proud of you and I know your Mom and Dad are also!!
    High Five Young Man!!!

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  5. Fantastic :D thanks for sharing:)

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  6. So handsomely adorable, pony tail and all! Great post.

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  7. That costume was so authentic!!!!! Great job, Zack! (love the Zack stories!)

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  8. Great video and story. I love kid productions they're so much fun.

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  9. Ben Franklin will be proud to know Zack did a great job portraying him. So very proud you all should be!

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  10. Yea for Zack! It takes a lot of courage to get on stage and perform. Did you have butterflies in your stomach Zach? I do every single time I get up to perform (I have to lead all the songs at church tomorrow and I am 43!) You know what I tell those butterflies? I order them to fly in formation and they lift me higher, I swear! Love the costume. I am the queen of duct tape and glue guns. Clever idea to cut the pants off and stuff in the socks! You looked great Zach!
    Enjoy the day.
    Erin

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  11. SO great! So many things I could say, but I'll sum them up with a big "thank you" for sharing Zack with us. Makes me even more eager to see my little man (ok, 20 years old, 6'2") this weekend.

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  12. Oh my goodness, this just made my day! Thank you so much for that video...so cute! Well done Zack!

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  13. What a fun post! Congrats to Zack.

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  14. The costume just looks perfect and love the hat too. I miss my teaching days and putting on such productions. So much fun!

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  15. Bravo Zack!
    Lori you did a wonderful job on the costume. Zack was very handsome standing proud on stage as Ben Franklin.
    Therese

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  16. Being a fourth grade teacher, I am sitting here smiling from ear to ear, remembering the fun I had with my dear lambs for SEVEN years, as I had them do a FRENCH PLAY. For the last two years, I am no longer able to allow the children to engage in such an activity due to a tighter schedule that has put all of us on edge. This little Ben Franklin is awful CUTE!!!

    Thank you for visiting me! Anita

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  17. Priceless! I wish my Son's school did plays. I love the pic of Zack in deep thought and the video... The girl yawning in the middle cracked me up. Gosh - so true - Life is all about how you recover from the stumbles, because there are going to be many of them! Sweet post Lori.

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  18. Wonderful Lori, Zack looks great and so grown up! I loved the little video isn't it nice that he is able to participate, joining in is so important. Sounds like you have one happy little boy.
    Jackie

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  19. Aww he makes a wonderful Ben Franklin! How great that you got photos during the practice so they are actually clear rather than dark and grainy. My son was terribly shy and quiet when he was young, but he came out of his shell in Jr High, and is now a wonderful speaker and fights for any cause he belives in. He makes me very proud.

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  20. Great performance Zack! You just made my morning! Awesome job!

    While scrolling through my external hard drive a few weeks ago I found a rehearsal video from my youngest daughter's senior year of high school. Her cross country team was preparing its skit for the fall spirit week. OMG, I laughed my butt off. It's so funny! I've kept it on my desktop and play it every now and again and chuckle. I'll have to see if I can come up with the guts to post it on my blog. It's so funny.

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  21. I'm so glad Zack's overcoming some of his stage fright. It sounds like it went off really well! I know you're one proud mama! :)

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  22. So adorable. Genius new-sew costume idea.

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  23. Way to go Zack!!!! Love the video you got of him dancing!!! I also love the costume you came up for him - way to improvise, adapt and overcome Lori!

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  24. Awwww! That was so cute ;) Great performance!!!!

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  25. I LOVE THIS! So fabulous! Yay Zack!!!

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  26. So cute!!! My oldest was a pilgrim for something and he wore an old pair of leggings with buttons sewn near the knee, My husband will still tease him...Remeber when you wore Mommy's pants ? lol Enjoy it it goes so fast!

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  27. That is awesome! Good for him- and I love his costume.

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  28. Thanks for sharing! The costume rally works and loved the video. Ther's simply something special about grade school productions.

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  29. love that picture of him sitting with his glasses tiptoeing down his nose. what a look! just adorable!

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  30. What a great day! I just love all pics you take. Makes me really wish that my mom had done so.

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  31. Finally catching up with all the blog reading that I've missed while I've had deadlines over the last few weeks!
    What a wonderful day you had! I'm so thrilled that Zack was happy about being up on stage this year - that's a fantastic achievment! And he looked fantastic too.
    It's great that you're allowed to take photos of the plays. Ben's school doesn't allow it for child protection issues (a couple of children in his school have child protection issues), but we can get photos from the school of them posing in groups wearing their costumes at the dress rehersals.

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