I am confidant Casa Manana couldn't have put on a finer production of
"Beauty and the Beast". It was simply stellar. I certainly knew
LouAnn Stumbo has a terrific voice, but she surpassed herself. Videos
were forbidden, but since Dr. Kitchens said, prior to the start of the
show, that the cast would appreciate it if we wouldn't use flash
photography, I inferred from that that non-flash photography was permissible.
Took roughly 200 photos.
Of course, a whole lot of 'em didn't turn out worth a flip, since I
couldn't use the flash and I've no idea how to use the manual
settings. Still, some of them were okay:
The above's just a quick zip-thru the performance. Afterwards, the children were provided autograph folders and they were encouraged to solicit autographs from the cast members. Oh my! All three girls got into it with enthusiasm:
I snagged one of the cast members for the obligatory poppet picture:
We had a super time. It was a little sticky when all three declared during the short intermission that they needed to visit the facilities, seeing as how that was the destination of virtually every female in the building. IOW, the lines were daunting, to say the least. Finally it dawned on me that I live a few blocks away so we hurried out to the van, drove home, scurried to the bathrooms, piled back into the van, returned to the church and sneaked into our saved seats just a minute or two after the performance started up.
Dr. Kitchens presented a succinct, yet earnest, gospel presentation at the end (well, it is a church putting on the musical, after all!) and I'm praying the LORD is pleased to use it to draw some people to Him. May it be so!
It was a lovely afternoon and a fabulous performance, clearly displaying the year's worth of work that went into it.
Don't you know the various performers are going to feel at loose ends for awhile? It's always difficult when one has concentrated upon an event for such a long time, and it suddenly comes to an end.
It's to be hoped they'll start work on another musical for next fall. Heaven knows this one was a resounding success!