the performing arts

The Hofen house has been busy this last month or so with a lot of rehearsals and performances, some big and some small.  As many of you know, Mr. Superman and I have had our fair share of performances on one stage or another through the years.  And I hate to disappoint, but there won’t be any pictures of that stuff today!  Sorry.

But now we’re in a new phase where we get to be the proud parents in the audience and watch our kids have their turn at taking the stage and participating in productions.  The first was “Journey Through the 1700’s” with Central Oregon History Performers.  This has been an annual thing for us for quite a few years now, but this time all three kids got to be a part of it.  There was a lot of singing, dancing, acting, narrating, costumes, and everything else that comes along with it.

Our kids have loved this group and welcome the opportunity to take on whatever roles they are given.  During the performance, one of the directors took some time out to thank all the parents for working with their children to learn their lines and practice their music.  At this point, I leaned over to Brent and whispered, “I don’t think I’ve even spent five minutes working with our kids on any of this stuff!  Most of the lines I’m hearing them say tonight, I’ve never even heard before!”    We laughed a little and just realized that sometimes you just have to point your kids in the right direction and say, “Go for it, kid,”  and then let them handle the rest.

Here are some pictures from that show.  The costumes are a mix of skits about different events in the 1700’s.  So you’ll see Scotland, Native America, and a variety of other places represented.

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The other performance in our family was a totally different style.  Lauren has been a part of her very first ballet class this fall.  It’s the best set up ever:  the class is taught by two lovely young ladies and it meets in their home.  Lauren gets lots of attention and instruction in a wonderful and nurturing atmosphere.  She’s loving it!  For Christmas, they did a dance for family and friends to a piece from “The Nutcracker.”  So cute!

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It will be awhile before we have anymore productions at our house.  But we feel that this has been a rewarding season of the performing arts for the kiddos.  And for the parents, a very rewarding season of being audience members.  We’re very good at giving applause!