Back in May, the girls came home with permission forms. These weren’t the regular permission forms that the school has for field trips tho. These were permission forms that would allow them to perform in the talent show at school.
The permission forms were the school’s way of telling the parents that they needed to talk to their kid and make sure they understood that they might not get picked.
We talked with Rachel and Lauren about what was going to happen. They knew that they’d be singing for the teachers organizing the show. We made sure that they knew that many other kids were going to want to audition as well and that they might not get chosen.
They were okay with it. So we signed the forms.
Not too long after, we got information sent home about when their audition time was and we signed that we were still okay with them proceeding through this process. There was a bit of drama around the fact that Rachel got 2 forms even thought it said that you could only do one performance. She was very mature about it and she asked the teacher what would happen. She wanted to do a solo, but had also told a group of friends that she’d sing with them too. The teacher let her proceed with the 2 auditions.
Craig made CDs with the karaoke versions of the songs that they had chosen to sing. They practised day and night. Yes, there were nights when we had to ask them to stop because it was past their bedtimes.
Audition Day = Big Deal
With CDs in their backpack and lyrics printed out (just in case), they headed off to school. Afterwards we found out that they thought they did okay. Lauren was a bit upset because she had messed up the words a little. But they had fun and that was all that mattered to me.
This is a big deal. I didn’t let on though. The fact that they were willing to take a chance and find the confidence to go to an audition was HUGE!!!
I did make sure to let them know that I was proud that they worked so hard for something that the really wanted. And that they should be proud of themselves for doing their best.
There wasn’t any indication as to when we would know if they were going to sing in the show or not. I think the waiting was worse for me than it was for them. I bugged them to find out when the results would be announced.
Finally, at the beginning of June, Rachel comes home to tell us that she got chosen to sing in the talent show! Yay!!
Lauren did not. She didn’t seem overly upset and was happy for Rachel. She explained to us that 3 other kids had performed the same song she did. We reinforced the fact that she worked hard and still had fun.
A couple days later, Lauren tells us that she was selected as well! One of the other girls performed a baton routine to the same song Lauren sang, so they put the two together. Lauren would sing and the girl would do her routine. How perfect is that?!?
Over the next few weeks the girls practised and organized what they would wear for their performances.
The Talent Show!
Finally the big day arrived!! I wasn’t going to be able to be there because of another commitment I had. Craig was going to be there and was the best paparazzi Dad you could ask for!
Here is Rachel singing “Kiss You” by One Direction:
Here is Lauren and the baton twirler, performing “Let it Go” from Frozen:
We are so proud of how hard they worked to prepare for this show! They were nervous but that’s to be expected! This was the first time that they had sang a solo in front of a big audience. It’ takes a lot of courage and confidence!