My daughter is extremely talented, she has a love for so many things. Kiara reminds me of how I was and still am, a woman of many talents and passions. Most recently Kiara auditioned for a part in Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr, which is a broadway production all cast by kids, this means the whole production is run by kids. The kids do the costumes, the props and the acting! It’s such a wonderful experience and since we adore School House Rock, it was a no brainer that my daughter wanted to audition.
The audition was private, meaning I did not get to hear nor see her audition behind the scenes at the Opera House, but I was able to see her face after she auditioned. The girl was so nervous yet so proud. Kiara was able to note her faults and the production team was able to allow her time for a second chance at her voice level, knowing that she said she has never, ever auditioned nor taken part in anything such as this before.
We waited to find out if she had made the cast and let me tell you what, a big ole happy dancing Mama is what I turned into when I saw that my daughter made the cast as part of the chorus. I loved reading all of the names of the local kids who “made the cut” because I know some of the parents. Kiara was so excited yet her nerves kicked in, she has a touch of my lovely anxiety and so even though she was excited, the nerves can get you once reality sinks in.
I am so proud of my daughter for taking the leap to audition and push herself to overcome her anxiety. The other day when we picked up her script and music to rehearse for the show, I was saying how excited I am that she will be on this stage and that I get to witness her first time “acting”, that is when she promptly replied “well Mama I am only in the chorus, it is behind the scenes”. That is when I was turned from happy Mama to “what do you mean behind the scenes?” Mama.
Whether or not the chorus is visible to the audience during the show or not is something I won’t know until we get closer to having rehearsal time, but for now I know that even if she is behind the scenes, I am proud of my daughter for stepping out on a ledge and taking the time to audition for a part in a local Broadway show. Such a fun experience this shall be for her!