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Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Secret Garden

Last weekend Johnny and Lonica performed in the ballet The Secret Garden. It was such a wonderful production. The music was composed, and the orchestra conducted by Kurt Bestor. If you haven't heard his name you have heard his music. His credits include more than 30 film scores and more than 40 themes for national TV programs and commercials. It is his music that introduces Good Morning America, Monday Night Football, and and ABC's Sunday Night Movie. It was such a privilege for my children to get to meet and work with him.

Johnny has really been a trooper. He had no interest in being in a "ballet". Infact, he is not happy that I posted these pictures. But they needed a boy his age and with a little bribing he said yes. It hasn't been easy. We have been going to rehearsals for about 12 hours/week for just over 2 months. It was a difficult schedule. Especially when you have to add in gymnastics, soccer and basketball. But the outcome was worth every minute of it.

I was asked to take pictures for the media and advertisements. So I figured I would take advantage and share a few of the shots that Johnny and Lonica were in. Johnny was in the waltz scene or has he put it "the little dude in the tux that dies". He was also the little gardener. Lonica was an orphan and a little crocus. They were amazing and I was so proud of both of them. Hope you enjoy!


17 comments:

Erin said...

Cute pictures! They are adorable!

Too bad we were out of town last week! With all the hard work they put into it, I wish it ran for more than one weekend!

What a great experience for both of them!

Marla said...

Lynell, you put together the most fun slide shows! It looks like such a great production...what a lot of hard work they both put into it! They look amazing. Any video?

The Sweet Escape said...

What great photos! They look like they really enjoyed being in the production. I love Kurt Bestor!

Grammy Staffy said...

Oh my goodness, how I wish that we could have been there. I remember how wonderful it was last year. I hope that you do get a video of it. I can't wait to see it when we come in May. Good job kids!!! Great pictures mom. Love you, Grammy

Kelsi Ackley said...

So neat! Your kids are so talented! I love the pictures! You are so great! Have a happy day!

Marie said...

What a wonderful opportunity for your children. I loved the pictures. It looks like quite a beautiful production. You should be so very proud!

Are You Serious! said...

♥ Love the pictures! That would have been so much fun to wathc!

Cecily R said...

Fantastic pictures...as always. I love the color composition and your kids are beautiful.

Kuddos to Johnny.

I LOVE Kurt Bestor!

Danielle Christiansen said...

that is awesome. Love the pics you posted.

julie said...

Wow! Your family has quite the talent pool! Seriously, I am so impressed!

Tricia said...

Good job as always Johnny and Loni, you two looked awesome! And Johnny, it takes a real man who is confident in who he is to do a ballet, you're the best! Wish I could have been there!

KATE said...

How amazing are they? Wow!! I love the pictures!!

Dancin Queen said...

Gorgeous photos! What a neat experience for her to be in a production like that! She's a doll. And it sounds like your son was such a good sport.

Wendi said...

What an awesome experience. Great photos. Gorgeous kids.

Susan said...

The photos are fabulous (of course)! I love the cool way they are presented too!

Corey and Susie said...

Good for both of them, that is so neat. It will be an experience they will never forget!....even Johnny!

allredclan said...

I feel really badly that I haven't even been able to go and see them in any of their productions yet. What a great friend I am... =( You amaze me, Lynell, with the dedication you have for your children.