Today we are celebrating Gracie, and sharing her end of the year 2022 showcases for piano, acting, and dance!
As a parent, it is rewarding when your child discovers something they enjoy and find a pursuit they are good at. It’s even better when the two collide.
Gracie is as determined and bouncy as the curls on her head, and it has been a joy to watch her fall in love with performing arts.
This year I watched Gracie work through her fear and insecurity and blossom on stage.
She went from terrified to performing her acting monolgue in December to confidently leading two scenes in June.
She memorized her piano piece in 1 month and fell in love with the world of dance.
Today I am celebrating her hard work and sharing the video of her end of the year performances.
This year her end of the year showcases included piano, acting, and ballet.
Keep scrolling to watch the video of her final performances at the end!
She has the most amazing piano teacher in the world. John Frye is an old family friend and has a heart as lovely as the music he creates.
This is Gracie’s 4th recital and it is hard to believe it has been 4 years already! You can watch Gracie’s recital from last year and learn more of our family’s musical heritage here.
Gracie’s 3rd-grade teacher came to watch her recital which was so sweet of her. Gracie LOVED having Ms. Woolley!
Caleb and Lily have been troopers with all of these shows, but I told Caleb that the amount of hours he sits watching the stage will quickly be reciprocated by the number of hours his sisters will undoubtedly have to sit in the stands to watch him play sports.
It has become our tradition to go to Fox Meadows Creamery after her piano recital. Lily has the right idea. Give me #alltheicecream.
These specialty flavors have become my new favorite. One scoop of birthday cake + one scoop of lemon lush.
They have the cutest outdoor seating with a little playground for the kids.
When I ask Gracie what her favorite thing is to do – singing, acting, piano, or dancing – she always says everything. Not helpful. But from where I sit this is where she really shines. The stage. She it fun to watch her read into a character and modulate her voice to express the story.
She loves her aunt Aubrey!
Year 1 of acting at CAVOD Performing Arts Academy in the books! This summer will be her first experience auditioning for musicals which she is excited about. I have been explaining to her that auditioning or “trying out” for anything in life is an art form in and of itself. It’s important to experience and learn from the “no’s” to be grateful and prepared for the “yes.”
The end of the year dance recital was the first experience she had with stage makeup.
It went really well.
Fun fact: the first time I ever wore makeup was for the stage in high school. Thankfully my makeup knowledge has grown in the last year or else I would have been totally lost trying to follow the makeup instructions for her recital.
“Stop moving.” 🙂
Ummmm . . . where did my baby go?!
The only time I was allowed to take pictures or video was the first run through and then the rest of the rehearsals were closed. So the video below is from their first run through.
My mom sat through hours of my own rehearsals and performances over the years. It has to be such a strange feeling to be back in the audience for round two 15 years later!
After the show Caleb patted Gracie on the back and said, “You danced really good, Gracie.” [insert all the heart emojis here]
My beautiful ballerinas – inside and out.
And now, without further ado. Gracie’s end of the year performances. Break a leg, Gracie!
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