Monday, November 05, 2007

Farewell, Anatevka

We bid a bittersweet farewell to Fiddler on the Roof last night. I was so happy with how it went, and really proud of all the kids in the show, and what they were able to pull out. It turned out to be pretty awesome for a small town high school production. (And I'm talking about the actual performances. The set left quite a bit to be desired. But I had nothing to do with that. The singers did great!)

Especially my own little Anatevka daughter. Her going up on stage and being in a play, even if it was only the children's chorus is huge. HUGE. Bria just doesn't do stuff like that. Of course, neither did I at one point in my life, but the first time I was ever brave enough to even audition for a play, get a part in the chorus, and have a little taste of what performing was like, I was hooked. I miss it a lot, so it was fun to be part of the "behind the scenes" this time.

But, I digress. Back to Bria. She had such fun and is already talking about being in another play down in St. George. (Not going to let her do it...we've slacked a lot on homework and violin the past few weeks, so need to take a teensy break.) I am really hoping that this Fiddler on the Roof experience will help her come out of her shell a bit realize it's not so scary after all.

Last night, during the wedding scene when all of the kids are supposed to be dancing in the background, Bria and her cousin Hana stole the show. They were as far upstage as they could possibly be and dancing the tango. Yes, the tango. Probably not very kosher for Russian Jewish children in 1905, but it was pretty hilarious.

So, a couple pictures of Bria in her costume. The school did not provide the children with costumes, so I had to come up with something all by myself with the help of DI, our local thrift store. The skirt is a misses skirt, size XS. Still too long, so rolled up and pinned at the waist. The blouse is from DI, but is also something she can continue to use. The "apron" is a girls summer dress and the head scarf is a scrap of fabric from my scrap bin.

Isn't she adorable, even with the fake smile du jour? And that is the plight of being a mom who really likes to take lots of pictures. Even Sophie has the fake smile down pat.
Lara Neves
Lara Neves

Lara is mom to three daughters—two teens and a tween. She loves to share her parenting and homemaking triumphs and failures here at Overstuffed! She was diagnosed with Lyme disease in 2015 and has been fighting it ever since. When she isn't working on her mother of the year award, you can find her reading, singing, or taking photos.


  1. SHE is an ADORABLE little Jewish Girl.
    She needs no matchmaker, if you know what I mean.
    Tango and all. :)

  2. Glad it went well. I feel sort of bad we didn't go to see it, but I heard it was three hours, and I'm pretty sure that wouldn't have been the best family activity at this point. :)

    So, how did she learn the tango?

    Looks like you did a great job with the costume. You are so resourceful.

  3. What the...OK, I can't stand that picture-it is far too adorable...sigh...How fun to have them in theater so young. We're just breeding them right.

  4. You need to live closer to us! How fun that she was in a play! Our Bria will only do her dance performances if she's on the "BIG" stage. I'd love to get her into acting and voice! So many things, so little time! Love the pics! Do you know what we remember the most about you guys??? The Christmas performance at church (BYU ward) where you did a solo and Joel was conducting the choir...most memorable sacrament ever!!!!! You're amazing!
    BTW we live in Pleasant Grove... about 4 hours from you!

  5. Wow, it that the greatest??? Bria, our newest performer!! Welcome to a family of performers, Bria!!!I love it!! I'm so sorry I couldn't be there!!

  6. We see the fake smile so often around here. Although Ian's is more of grimace. Wait to you see his school picture this year - - YIKES!

    So fun about the musical. I did musicals in high school, and they truly are magical.

    That is excellent Bria is already developing a love for that art - - what a gift!

  7. She is adorable!!! I loved that play and movie too!

  8. hey lara! i was happy to find your blog too! sounds like you guys are having fun being back in utah. i didn't realize you were a photographer, and a scrapper and a blogger and i knew about the singing....gosh, i think i'll have to agree with chloe (or bria was it?) that you're just AMAZING!

  9. you know it really depends on WHAT show they're doing next...I mean homework or accalades on the stage? Please! No contest, mom!

  10. She's beautiful.. and you did a GREAT job.. WONDERFUL... My son has a lot of talent in Drama.. but because he's overweight.. will NOT persue it.. :( Breaks my heart... and he sings like an angel too..

    You should be VERY PROUD!!! GREAT JOB!!!!

  11. Lara, I can't get over how darling the girls are and how fast they are growing! Sophia is as cute as can be and Bria! OH MY HECK! What a smile. It was so fun to catch up on your life a little! Sorry to hear about Grandpa Joe, LOVED the Fiddler tales and your holiday pix look great! Have a great night! As always, you're wonderful!


  12. Ha! That would have been fun to watch. Really is one of my favorites. A movie I watch when I don't have anything else to watch. Would have been fun to watch children perform!! She was an adorable Anatevka. LOVE the fake smiles!