H& J & JHH&JH&JJulia and HannahMago de Oz

Wow!  El Mago de Oz was pretty impressive last night.  I expected a fairly strict interpretation of the traditional show, but it was so much more.  The show was in a old theatre downtown with a modern interior.  The sets were beautiful, the costumes creative and professional quality ($40 for ours – Stacey & Laura: remember we paid $40 for those ridiculous ill-fitting leotards for the ballet recital?!).  They did a very cool job of mixing in black & white footage from the movie and songs from The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz, and Wicked. The school spend 50% of each day in English, so the entire production was in English (they played the professional songs in the background with the kids singing over them).  It was very cute – they found parts for every age from toddlers to 5th graders.  (Note to Bela at Pierce School: you’re still the best Wicked Witch we’ve ever seen!).

We weren’t allowed to videotape or flash photography, so my photos are pretty lame – I think we’ll get better ones from the school.  Hannah was in the chorus and Julia was corn (for the scarecrow scenes).  It was very easy to find their names in the program since they were the shortest names by far – most kids names are first/middle/dads last/moms last – ours were just listed as first and last.

When it was all over, we were invited to join several other families at a restaurant for dinner – at 10pm!  They were all lovely, funny, friendly people – we enjoyed talking to them and getting to know them.  We already have some playdates arranged and dinner with one of the other families.  It’s not home, but it’s starting to feel like it.