So, in order for him to learn exactly how much work goes into a real production we signed him up for his first musical theater production. We told him that he could learn things that will help him when he goes on to make movies- stuff about sets and stage direction, etc. He was all about it.
The local arts council does a couple of plays a year for 4-8 yr olds to star in. This go round they were putting on 101 Dalmatians. Coleman auditioned (every kid was awarded a role) and got the part of Chihuahua #4, perfect part for a first-timer! He continued to go to practice every Mon and Wed from 4-5pm for 7 weeks. He learned all the songs and dances and was ready for his debut performance last Thursday. He was a little nervous the first night but it played to his advantage because it helped him to be more focused. (Well, as focused as Coleman gets anyway.) Coleman did his very best that night and the two subsequent nights and we couldn't have been any more proud. Go Coleman! Our very own li'l actor.
Here's part of the song "Twilight Bark" where the Chihuahuas were center stage. He may have been a bit off-beat but we think he stole the show! I say he just added his own flare to his character. :)
Here's Coleman posing by the truck on set.
Getting our photo-op with the star.
Here's a bit of the final number.
By the way, Coleman says he never, ever wants to do another play. Too much practice, he says. Ha, ha! Next up for Coleman? He wants drawing and writing classes. That sounds about right.