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.