I have been keeping VERY busy, but not with enough Cat Scratch Stuff! What has been keeping me away? I am very privileged to be a part of a youth theatre group for the last year and a half. My first production with them was last May, when we put on Wonka Jr. It was an amazing time, and I was just getting my feet wet with all of the costuming/helping.
This year we put on a VERY BIG production of Aladdin Jr, which was an amazing success! It was difficult, making costumes for nearly 20 kids on top of my three regular jobs (which turned into 2, I just couldn’t manage it all) AND so Cat Scratch was on a bit of a hiatus! We started work in February and our shows were throughout the weekend of May 18-19. It was really wonderful to be able to design and create these costumes, the Magic Carpet being my FAVORITE! These kids are extremely talented, with the girl who played Jafar giving an AMAZING performance! Her are just a few of the pictures of our production, dress rehearsal, behind the scenes and actual performances. These kids totally steal my heart every year, and while the work really kicks my butt, we all really LOVE what we do!
For the dress rehearsal we experimented with makeup, so a lot of the kids didn’t even get their hair touched. But we took the only individuals then:
Jasmine, played by the hilarious Jennielyn.
Jafar and Iago played by the extremely talented Luz and Brianna. That little bird made a funny sqwaking noise, that saved the show when someone forgot a line or a cue!
The genie was played by Aidan, an amazing ad-libber. Finding ways to throw in Walking Dead AND Kim Kardashian references! The lovely Paulina played the Magic Carpet, she was a real trouper, even after telling her she didn’t have to, she held her arms up like that the WHOLE time!
The Head guard, Razoul was played by Gio, with his two guards played by Dorian and Coleman.
The Harem girls were absolutely amazing! Top row, Halia, Sarah D., Tracy, Lillith and Taylor. Bottom Row: Katia, Sarah E. and Mary.
The actual performances, all three of them went remarkably well. You always expect a few hiccups, especially with working with kids, but we only had a few throughout.
Here is all of the kids listening to a pep talk from our Musical Director Vince, about 15 minutes before we opened the doors.
During intermission I stole a picture with the cast backstage! Can you find me and my big glasses?!
This was taken immediately after our last performance, the kids were all smiles!!
I realized right then that I didn’t have ANY pictures of these two together, so I got a quick cell phone picture! (They were just itching to get that makeup off! Literally!
The kids were amazing. All of the months of hard work, all of the blood, sweat, and tears, really paid off! Right before our last performance, we actually remembered to take some group pictures, one of the entire cast and one of the cast, crew, helpers, follow spot people, and me!
It was an amazing experience, something I know that I won’t ever forget. We had a tremendous about of volunteers/parents helping. More so then I have EVER seen in my 8 years working for the City Programs. We had our wrap party last night, and after only a week off, all we could talk about was what was in store next! Now while I can’t say here what that is, I am more excited for that than any of the others we have done!
Some of the moms got together after the performance and brought us flowers. These are in my kitchen as we speak!
Today I finally started to learn how my new sewing machine works. It is a phenomenal machine, and I cannot wait for all of you to see what is in store for Cat Scratch this summer! A big announcement coming in the next few weeks!
That is all for now! This post has taken longer than expected and I’m itching to get back to that new machine!!