One of the best parts of being a parent is getting to watch your kid have a blast... especially when the fun part comes after a lot of hard work. I love watching Mary love every moment of being on stage. She and a friend split the role of the Genie in our church youth group's performance of Aladdin over the weekend. They sang, they danced, and they both had terrific comedic timing...all so much fun to watch.
The youth group puts together a musical performance every year as a fundraiser for a summertime retreat in North Carolina. It's a requirement that the kids who go on the retreat help out with the show in some way. The retreat has such an excellent reputation of being completely awesome that the kids don't mind working hard on the production. Many, many people... kids, leaders and parents, come together to make the show a success and it definitely shows.
I am in particular awe of our youth leader who is such an important part of the kids lives and directed the musical. It is a unique gift to be able to provide teenagers with an atmosphere where they feel comfortable within their skin and proud of the gifts that they can offer. Dave has created an environment where even the shyest of kids feels doesn't mind singing loud and proud. And the best part? Each kid really seems to understand just exactly how fortunate the are to have such an amazing leader. This appreciation was quite apparent during the spontaneous chants of "DaveDaveDave..."following the show.
They sing... they dance... yay teenagers!
Two Genie's and a magic carpet belt out harmony.