Another opening, another show Tomorrow starts con season, and Andrea is furiously working to finish her latest cosplay. This is another one that she is constructing from scratch, using the new sewing machine she received from Santa for Christmas. She’s pretty close to being done. This time around, she’s dressing as Mami Tamoe from Madoka Magica.
All she has left really are the arm warmers, socks, and boots. I think the boots will present the greatest challenge, although after some discussions last night we may use a pair of regular shoes and try to whip together some spats to make up the difference. She won’t have the time or materials to make the gun this time around, but personally I think that’s okay because carrying a prop around all day is (in my view) a huge hassle. Especially since mom’s the one that usually gets stuck carrying it.
She is continuing her tradition of creating artwork for the voice actors to sign. There are several folks at this one who do a number of her favorite characters, so she’s been hard at work (in addition to the dress!) drawing portraits of the characters for the actors to sign.
This is the same con we went to last summer, although I’m a little annoyed at their date change. Last year, this same con was at the end of June. This year, they’ve bumped it up to Memorial Day weekend. While I’m grateful for the Monday holiday to recover from the weekend’s adventures (I’m getting too old for this shit) I’m frustrated that they scheduled it at a time when kids are either graduating or getting ready for finals. The thing starts at noon tomorrow, and I keep debating back and forth about if and how much school I’ll allow Andrea to miss for this. If it weren’t so close to finals it wouldn’t be a big deal, but she only has a week and a half of school left, so missing part of the day could be troublesome. Not to mention that we’re missing not one but two graduations because of this. Unfortunately we registered for the event before we received the invites, and since the registration fee is nonrefundable, Jason will represent at the grad events while we get our money’s worth. Hopefully next year they move it back to actual summer months when scheduling isn’t as big of an issue. As always, I’ll keep you updated on the con adventures next week.
Speaking of shows… So during my prolonged absence, we had another first for our baby- first musical! She’s had bit parts in plays before, but this was her first time auditioning for a musical. She managed to snag a pretty good supporting role. Not bad for a sophomore! Her high school did Legally Blonde, The Musical, which is pretty bold considering some of the things in the show. As Exhibit A (see what I did there?) I give you the show stopping number from the show, “Gay or European” (or, as the high school version had it listed, “There, Right There!”).
As one of my friends said, “Only in Minnesota could a high school get away with doing that show!” Andrea played Enid Hoops. She was very excited to play a lesbian. She had a couple of solo parts and did a great job.
But the story doesn’t end there.
Last week, she got to school one morning and one of the seniors in the show stopped her in the hall and said, “You received an honorable mention for your supporting role in the show!” Her response? “Um, okay?” Apparently (and seriously, I didn’t know anything about this until she got the award), the downtown theatre group in Minneapolis allows high schools to participate in the Spotlight Showcase. The schools submit their shows, and they give awards for performances. All of the students who receive these awards come together to do a production at the Orpheum Theatre. I asked Andrea if her teacher nominated her, and she said that adjudicators from the Hennepin Theatre Trust come out to the show and watch and make their nominations based on the performance s they see. It wasn’t until I was talking to another parent that I discovered this is actually kind of a big deal. We’ve got our tickets to see her performance and are gearing up for another week of rehearsals for her.
It’s moments like these when I stand in awe of my kid, because seriously, if she puts her mind to it and puts her heart into it, I feel like there’s nothing she can’t do. She’s going to go places; I’m just along for the ride.