Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My Daughter Auditioned For The School Play

"Mommy, there are a lot of people here. What if I forget?"

I looked around the room. Natalie was right. It was full. There had to be at least 100 people. Maybe more.

"Do your best. It's all you can do," I answered.

Natalie bit her lower lip. "What if I don't get a part and am just in the choir?"

This was a strong possibility. It looked like over 50 kids were auditioning for the school play and there were maybe 15 speaking parts, if that. The rest of the kids would go into the choir.



"Then you'll do your very best in the choir," I replied.

She leaned against me briefly. After all, she's in fifth grade and it's not as cool to snuggle with Mommy in public. But I held her close and whispered, "You'll do great. No matter what."

She shrugged and picked at her fingers.

The auditions started soon after.

Natalie was number 4. When they called her name, she took a deep breath.

"You can do it, baby girl," I said and gave her a thumbs up.

She nodded and climbed the stairs onto the stage.

I filmed her, and many of you might have already seen it.






When she was done, she rushed back to her seat.

"That was embarrassing," she whispered, cheeks a bit pink. "But fun. I got nervous. I wish I'd have danced, but there were so many people staring."

"It's okay. You did you best."

She wanted to stay and support her friends that auditioned. She clapped hard for every kid that went up there. Some walked to the stage and muttered, "I can't do this," and left. But you know what, that's fine. I couldn't do it. I hate being in front of people. Whenever I had to give speeches in front of the class, I would panic. But Natalie has so much more confidence than I ever did.



We'll find out by the end of the week what part Natalie got. And if she's just on the choir, she's okay with that. She was in school choir last year and was one of the only kids who did the arm movements with excitement.





Have you ever auditioned for anything?






57 comments:

  1. I’m so proud of her!!! Let us know as soon as she finds out!!! She sings beautifully.

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  2. That's awesome! Takes so much courage to get up there so bravo!! Fingers crossed!

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  3. That is so exciting. My son got a few speaking parts in his school play last year. They did CLOWNS.

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  4. Just think of all the life lessons she learned that day: doing hard things, overcoming stage fright, cheering other people on, that you can still do something a little embarrassing and live to see another day. Good for her!

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  5. Aww, she did a great job and I can't wait to hear what part she got. How proud of her you must be :)

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  6. I have never auditioned but I did performed on stage: dance and songs. So intimidating but exciting at the same time. Auditioning requires a lot of courage so well done her!

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  7. I remember auditioning for Glee Club in high school. To this day, I don't see how I made it because I can't carry a tune in a bucket. Your daughter did an amazing job. I'm looking forward to finding out what part she got.

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  8. I have never auditioned. Hope your daughter gets a part that she likes. You must be so proud.

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  9. I wish my daughter had a bit of confidence. She is so shy when it comes to being in front of crowds.

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  10. When I was her age all the way up through high school I will addition to do different parts. His friend and I hope she gets it. Sounds like she's got the confidence for it.

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  11. All my kids were in different school plays and enjoyed themselves. Opened up a whole new experience for them over playing sports.

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  12. She did SO good! I never auditioned but was forced to have a role in a play as part of my enriched high school program! Good memories!

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  13. *applause* She did great! That's a tough choice for an audition song but she did very well. I've auditioned for a few things in my life and so have my kids. I think I was more nervous about their auditions than any of mine. Can't wait to hear she got the part!

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  14. Auditioning for anything can be terrifying so Kudos to her for being so brave! I truly hope she gets the part that she wants!

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  15. She's a really good singer, go Natalie! I wish my kids have the courage like her. Awesome performance!

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  16. Good for her for having the courage to audition! I did a lot of theatre and singing as a kid and teenager... and I eventually did my undergrad in theatre. I was a really shy kid but performing always helped me learn to get over that and develop my confidence, I think it's a great experience for kids to try!

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  17. Hooray!! You must be so proud, mama Bear <3. She is an amazing, talented, beautiful child - can't wait to see what happens next week. <3

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  18. She looks very confident you must be proud. I have indeed, I used to do acting when I was younger so got used to auditions a plenty :) x

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  19. I did't audition for anything growing up (or at least anything that I can remember. ) Natalie did such a great job in the video above. I love that she's so fearless. Such a great kid!

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  20. I remember auditioning for our school plays. So nerve-wracking! Great job, too!

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  21. Ohhh what a brave girl! This mean that she really wants one of the part! I cant wait to hear the news and mean while I will crossed my finger!

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  22. I love it. I love that you gave a powerful message by telling a personal story. There's so much pressure on kids. and young people in general, that they have to be "entrepreneurs," the next big Youtuber, or just constantly win at life.

    And it's important to always do our best at everything and to encourage younger people to always do their best. But it's also important to teach our young people that they are enough and that they are valuable in who they are. Their intrinsic value does not depend on the role they play in a school play or in life.

    Way to go!

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  23. I did theater in school when I was a kid. Congrats to your daughter for auditioning. It can be tough to get in front of a crowd!

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  24. It's great that your daughter did this! My daughter was really into acting for a while.

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  25. Good for her for having the courage to audition! I did some summer plays when I was younger, they were a lot of fun.

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  26. That is awesome that she still went up there even though she was nervous. I have never auditioned and never was good at talking in front of the class.

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  27. Really proud of Natalie, I think for me being in choir or mains with lines doesn't matter, what matters is the confidence of facing many people and getting through the stage fright. All the best for the results!

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  28. I have, in middle school! I tried out for the choir and I had the same nerves as your daughter. But like her, I overcame them and just went out there with my all in front of a full audience. To my surprise, I wasn't so scared afterwards!

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  29. This must be so exciting for her! Sometimes it seems to take some practice before you're comfortable performing in front of people.

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  30. Awww how sweet, she did a marvelous job. I would be so incredibly proud of her, it take a lot of confidence to get over your nerves. I'd cherish this video forever and show it to her later on when she wants to look back on her childhood.

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  31. This is so awesome. Your daughter is so brave and she did a great job. Thanks for sharing.

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  32. Hats off to her confidence. It takes a lot of courage to do something like that. Best wishes!

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  33. It's not easy to gather up the courage to audition in front of so many people! Im glad she stepped up to the challenge and grew in the process. Well done Natalie!

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  34. She is so cute. I hope she got the part she wanted. She was really brave to go up on that stage. I would have choked.

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  35. I have serious stage fright. I couldn't do it either but I forced myself and got the leading part when I was in high school. It went surprisingly good.

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  36. She's such a talent to be honest! Awesome video too! I wish I was there to clap for her.

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  37. Well done, let her keep up the good work.

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  38. How sweet is she! Good for her for conquering her nerves and going for it.

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  39. Wow! She did a great job! I'm really impressed. My husband's daughter loves to sing and started at this age. Now, she sings solo in front of a packed church of 1000's. Tell your daughter to keep it up!

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  40. Auditioning for a part in the school play is most definitely a rite of passage. Wishing her all the luck in the world, and I'm sure she will do great no matter what her role is.

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  41. I am not confident enough to audition. She is so awesome! I can't wait to know the result!

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  42. She has a beautiful voice! Great job on the audition. I am hoping for the best for her.

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  43. Aww i remember doing this as a kid - it can be scary. Best wishes to her that she gets a part she wants!!

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  44. Kids deal with so much pressure these days. Good for her!

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  45. Wow she has got talent... she is way too good at it... :D

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  46. Yes, well done to your daughter! Just going up and auditioning is a great experience for her - it was the same with my nephew; in the past he was often apprehensive about new things, especially in large groups of people.

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  47. I remember myself auditioning back in grade school and yes, i get stars in my stomach! Your little girl is very brave and confident and your a cool and supportive mom too!

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  48. I had to revisit this as I need to show it to my cousin. I wanna show her this so she would gain confidence as well. I wanna make her comfortable in auditions too.

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  49. Wow she is adorable! Nowadays I rarely see kids who are acticlvely joining school activities like a theater play. Am excited for your future posts about her acting journey.

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  50. What a sweet story I would love to go back an audition for a School Musical or play

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  51. Awwww how exciting!!!! I suck at singing!!!! I always played in the pit orchastra in our school musicals. Super fun!

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  52. Awww! She was so brave! When I was her age I never had the guts to do anything like that!

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  53. I never have. Scarlet has. She's fearless that way. I love our girls! And I watched the video twice. It made me smile both times. It's the first start of something big!

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  54. Awww she is beautiful, smart and very very talented too! I loved watching this clip, hope she does many more in future and makes it big! <3

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