I'm not sure how many of you readers of the blog are not also Facebook friends but just in case, I'm going to post the video here of "Alice in Wonderland", in which Kennedy played the Queen of Hearts (as well as part of 'the black hole' and the Jabberwocky gang in other scenes...but the Q. was her main part). It's about 44 minutes long; if you're looking for K's main scene specifically, skip to about the 25 minute mark. If you have time, though, to watch it all, it's pretty darn cute. (I know, I'm biased.)
If you are a Facebook friend, I apologize for the redundancy but I can't help how cute, wonderful and talented these kids are!!
Well after three weeks of theatre camp, Kennedy's theatre company summer camp group is ready to perform its rendition of "Alice in Wonderland" - a Cirque de Soleil-inspired "whimsical" rendition, as one of Kennedy's camp leaders, Sarah Butler, put it on a radio interview the other day. I saw a sneak peak last night as the group performed a teaser show at the Public Library for the closing ceremonies of the Summer Reading Program and am very excited to see the whole thing tomorrow at 1pm at the big tent at Long Wharf. She is in several scenes doing a variety of parts but her main part is the Queen of Hearts and she has a fair little chunk of lines that she knows very well. I am so proud of her and she certainly is the Queen of MY heart for sure. The show is actually part of a bunch of activities which will take place over the next three days for the Children's Theatre Festival being held here in the city.
This theatre company, InterAction Children's Theatre Company (IACT), has just been the best thing for Kennedy. She absolutely loves it there and can't wait to go every single time to practice. I think it really does help build on her confidence and is just such a great way for her to express herself. Seeing her deliver her line emphatically last night at the preview show on bended knee, with arms spread out wide, "Come to my arms my beamish boy!" was one of the cutest things I've seen her do. I can't wait to see more when she does her Queen of Hearts scene tomorrow. I'll try to get some video so I can post it here.
She told me yesterday after seeing herself in the newspaper in a picture with the rest of the gang for the Alice show that it was the best day of her life. I think that pretty much sums up how much she loves it. She's done a year of Musical Theatre classes but now wants to take the Acting I class, which focuses more on the acting aspect. I couldn't be happier, it is money well spent - if you live in the Saint John area and have a child, I highly recommend you click the link above and check out this company - they all have so much fun (kids AND staff); the people who work there and the performances they get out of these kids are just phenomenal.
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