For weeks and months, Ethan had been telling me all about his concert practices in school. Initially he would show me some of his dance steps, but as the date of the concert drew nearer, he told me he was not going to reveal anymore, because it is supposed to be a surprise.
His school’s annual concert has always been a grand affair, and this year the concert, which was entitled “The Broadway Kids – In Search of Happiness”, promised to be a truly enjoyable one, because I am a big fan of Broadway. The school’s annual concert is performed by all the kids from K1 and K2, and is even grander than the wee concert. Typically the K2 kids would play the main roles and the K1 kids will be supporting as dancers, but nevertheless, I was very excited.
Check out the one of the many lovely backdrops used as the concert props.
As the date drew nearer, Ethan would grow more and more excited. I gave him extra vitamins every day to prepare for the concert. They had concert camps and staybacks, full-dressed rehearsals complete with makeup and photo sessions too, and when the day finally came, we dropped Ethan off at Dewan Budaya in USM at 1:00p.m. and quickly went off for lunch before coming back at 2:00p.m. to get ready for the concert at 3:00p.m.
I’d extended invitations to our close relatives and family members, but only my Mom could make it. Ethan was thrilled. And his sister was equally excited to watch her brother perform live onstage! 🙂
Although we weren’t allowed to take any videos during the concert, I did see some parents ignoring the request. I didn’t take any videos though, but the full video will be made available to us soon by the official videographer.
The show was very enjoyable and it was so much fun to see Ethan out there having fun (I’d have to say the makeup was a tad garish though, but that’s concert performance makeup for ya). All the songs were taken from famous Broadway musicals, either in their original English forms, or translated to Mandarin and Bahasa Malaysia, all with the kids voicing and singing the words.
Ethan’s item was a very lively and well-choreographed dance done to the song The Other Generation from The Flower Drum Song. In addition, he also made an appearance in the Concert Finale, singing the theme song: Happiness.
Ethan was very happy and relieved when it all ended well, and that night, he slept ever so soundly! 🙂 (I’m not surprised!!)
I’m looking forward to next year’s concert excitedly when my boy will be contributing more 🙂