Looking for a new way to connect with your kid? How about performing together?

Tell the truth. It just wouldn’t be summer without a blog post from me about doing a play with my daughter. Right? (tapping you insistently on the shoulder … because my inability to post consistently has caused me to lose your attention)

Well, of course right.

Remember when we did Joseph (and his Crazy Wild Funky Dreamcoat) or Elvis Presley’s everybody’s-in-love-with-everybody-even-across-gender-lines All Shook Up. Doing those plays together created some of the best memories I’ve ever made with my girl. Which is why this summer, together with about 70 other talented people, we took on Shrek the Musical. I played a witch (specifically the Wicked Witch of the East) as well as Queen Lillian, Fiona’s mother. Which is weird because Vivien (my daughter) actually played Fiona. Well, she played TEEN Fiona. If you’ve ever seen the show, Fiona is depicted at three ages: child, teen and adult. Viv’s role was in the middle.

Here she is with her other two selves performing their signature song:

Seriously, how good is my kid?

One of the biggest numbers in the show is entitled Let Your Freak Flag Fly. The message is simple. BE who you are and, more importantly, EMBRACE who you are. I like that a lot … probably because I pride myself on being someone who doesn’t always quite fit the mold. (Don’t we all feel that way sometimes? Please just nod politely.)

YOU: But, Michele, do you have pictures?

ME: Are you kidding?!!? I actually started a Photo Circle with the entire cast and crew. Which means I have exactly 827 pictures … and counting. But don’t worry. I’m just posting a few.

The three lovely faces of Fiona

Action shots (thanks to the friends who took them for us!)


Some of Viv’s besties came to see her. (Yes, that’s Nutella in her right hand.  Now THAT’S a friend.)

And some of mine came, too. (XOXO)


So many incredible people in this show. 

Gratuitous witch selfies 

Who says witches can’t be angels?

As always, I loved every single minute of it. I’m so proud of you, Viv.

Can’t wait ’til 2016!


11 responses to “Looking for a new way to connect with your kid? How about performing together?

  1. You’re both incredible!! Love these pics. Brought a huge smile to my face!!

  2. Viv has such a beautiful voice! She did amazing, as I’m sure you did too. I use to watch the Broadway Version with Sutton Foster on Netflix with Em. (Hmm, I wonder if it’s still on there.) Em could not get enough of it and annoyed her father to death with it when she would watch it every single day. (He’s not a “musical” person.) It’s so great you and Viv have something so fun to connect with.

    • Thanks. We’re huge Sutton Foster fans around here, too. I even got to meet her after one of her first big shows (Thoroughly Modern Millie) about ten years ago. Love her.

  3. Wow!! Wow!! Wow!! So much talent!!

  4. I can’t wait to show the boys that video tonight, they will just adore it and because they know all the words to the Broadway show they’ll sing along.

    She did a fantastic job and she looked stunning, LIKE A STAR and you my friend made a great witch. I can see where Viv’s beautiful features come from. SO glad you both have these experiences to encounter together. It’s wonderful and oh the memories you’re making!

    CONGRATULATIONS to both of you. I wish we lived closer.

    • I know, right? I have a feeling my girl and your boys would get along swimmingly. I’ll bet you’ll be posting about their performances one day as well. Can’t wait to see! 🙂

      • Kir Piccini

        I was so proud of their turn as “Pilots” in The Little Mermaid this past Spring in school production. Jacob is taking acting/drama classes at a local Community College and if we had the money I’d be sending him to PYT (PA Youth Theater) this summer for camp. They both love Live performances (being in them and watching) You can see some pictures of their first show on this blog post: http://www.thekircorner.com/2015/05/uncharted-ltymlehigh-valley-2015/

        So proud of your Viv. She’s amazing.

      • Kir Piccini

        I absolutely know they would! The boys watched the video over and over last night and sang along (just like I knew they would). They adore Viv already. 😉

  5. sisterhoodofthesensiblemoms

    Such an awesome experience! You all look fabulous! Ellen

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