Sunday, April 17, 2011

When a Broadway Baby Says Goodnight...

Ever since Chloe stole her Kindergarten graduation show, I've known that the kid was destined to be in musicals someday.  Little did I know how quickly someday would come, and that she would be stealing a show on a university stage just a few short years later.

This past weekend all of the loooooooong rehearsal time came to the head, and Chloe had three nights of performances as Ngana, the Frenchman's daughter in Rodger & Hammerstein's South Pacific.  She absolutely adored being in the show and I will admit to crying every time she came on stage--especially when she was singing "Dites-Moi" with her South Pacific little brother, Jerome.  I was at every performance crying my eyes out.  Oh my gosh, they were so cute it was almost impossible to bear.  (The audience thought so, too.)

The one downer about the whole thing was just how exhausted she was.  I mean, I know how it feels.  I could sleep for days after a show closes.  I was really nice and checked her into school late during tech week, and didn't even make her go the day after opening night, but even so, the child was totally worn out.  

But she still loved every minute.  When we got home (circa midnight) on closing night, she plopped herself on the couch and started bawling.  "When am I ever going to be in a show again?  When am I ever going to see all those people again!  I miss them sooooooo much already!  Sob, sob, sniffle!!"

I am pretty sure that she'll be doing this again just as soon as the opportunity presents itself.  And I'm all for it.

Here's a few more pictures from the show...I like this first one a lot because it includes Joel directing the pit orchestra.  It was so fun for Chloe to get to work with her dad in this and she loved that aspect.  She was very good at watching him for cues--didn't take her eyes off of him once while she was singing.
 Chloe and Oliver (Ngana and Jerome) opened the entire show with their rendition of "Dites-Moi."

Sneaking up on Emile after Nellie leaves in the first scene.

 The reprise of "Dites-Moi" with Papa.

Meeting Nellie for the first time.

 Um.  I think this comes in the very first scene when Henri (Emile's butler) chases them off stage.  Love this one of Chloe, though.  You know she was having the time of her life.
 Watching all the boats and planes leave with Nellie.
 Reunited with Papa.
 The curtain call (right when they're acknowledging the orchestra and the Maestro).  Chloe LOVED the curtain call because everyone clapped loudest when the kids came out with Nellie and Emile.  Yep, there's a true performer.
(all above photos credited to Bill Fink)

Backstage with Emile and Jerome.  Mark, the man who played Emile, was wonderful with the kids.  He always brought them a little treat to rehearsals and they thought he was the greatest.
 There was an elaborate babysitting plan in place for the kids while they were backstage, so Chloe got to know and love a lot of the cast members.  And, according to these photos (which I nicked off of somebody's Facebook page), she had a lot of fun back there!  It was pretty obvious that the cast and crew adored having the kids there, too.
Finally, here's a quick little video of Chloe singing her sweet little French song. This is mostly for far-away family, but feel free to bask in her cuteness, too.  I just wish I could have taken video of the actual production, but maybe one will turn up somewhere.

Untitled from Lara Neves on Vimeo

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. OH, she is adorable. What a wonderful opportunity for her!!

  2. So fun! And I did much basking in her cuteness. :)

  3. She is such a beautiful child, Lara! And you are such a great mom for letting her have that oppurtunity! Looks like it was amazing and something she'll never forget.

  4. Aw, she is a beautiful girl. What a great opportunity for her.

  5. She was a star! Wonderful performance - full of charm and light. She's a natural. Oh, Joel was good, too. :) We really enjoyed the whole production.

  6. I think I'm still counting on her to marry one of my boys. Just go ahead and plan on that.

  7. Awwww! She is darling! And what a wonderful opportunity for her! I am glad she was able to be in that play. Wonderful!

  8. I'm so glad you posted these pictures -- she looked so at ease on stage! I wish we could have come to see her perform. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that someone will put something up on youtube. :) Tell Chloe and Joel "congratulations" from us!

  9. How fun! And how great that she has the confidence to get up on stage and perform:)

  10. She just lights up the stage! Such a natural performer—welcome to the world of theatre, Chloe—congratulations!

  11. I am SO happy for her to find the things she loves and DO them! And I am so impressed that you have been such a champion of hers in this respect! (In all other respects, too)

  12. I love it!! She is so sweet! And I can totally imagine crying every time she came on stage! I actually had a dream last night that your three girls were singing (just randomly as they walked around) and I told my husband, "Oh, see! Those are Lara's girls and one of them is in a musical right now!" I listened to their voices to guess which one it was (I couldn't remember) and one had a better voice than the others so I pointed her out (not sure if it was Chloe in my dream). Weird.

    My Internet is being lame and won't show movies right now, though I reeeeeally want to watch that clip! I'll mark it to come back and try later when it will work.

  13. Wow! How many kids would get a chance to participate in something like that?! It's always so great to hear about parents who recognize children's interests and talents and let them fly with them. I may have been too concerned with the long days and late nights and let the opportunity slip by. (I hope I wouldn't have.)

  14. It's hard not to want to throw your kid into show business after they are amazing in a show.
    How is she getting so old? I keep envisioning her as about 3. :)

  15. Oh, I can just see that she is going to want to do more performing! What a natural. Love that sweetie!

  16. Fabulous! (I love the pictures from Kindergarten graduation, too.)