On Saturday morning we attended Sheridan's preschool "End Of The Term" show. The topic was about saving the environment, with the focus on reducing, reusing, and recycling. Ironically, it was the identical theme of our year-end show from our preschool in Israel.
There are around 50 kids who attend the school, and every child's parents and if possible, extended family members, showed up to watch the show. Wow, were there a lot of people! The show started at 9:20 am and lasted a little over an hour... outside... in the 90+ humidity. The power continually fluctuated and went out several times during the show. Did I mention how freaking hot it was outside?
The show was very well put together, with the teachers writing their own scripts, music, and scenes. Each class focused on one topic. The kindergarten class acted out the formation of the solar system, and they even dressed up as planets! The pre-K class (Sheridan's class) focused on reducing waste and keeping the environment clean. The toddler class talked about oxygen, water, and what is needed for people and plants to survive. Heavy stuff for kids, eh?
Sheridan was so excited for the show, she practiced her one line all week... "Together we can work to make it beautiful." She had her costume. She had her line memorized. What she also had was a HUGE case of stage fright. From the second I dropped her off, she began crying. Not her normal "I don't want you to go without kissing me good-bye first" whine. It was a, "Oh my goodness, don't you dare leave me here with all these people or I'm going to LOSE it" scream. I thought it was just silliness, so I left her with her teachers and found a seat up front. That scream never lessened, and when the show began, she came out crying. And didn't stop THE ENTIRE SHOW!
Sadly, half-way through the show, my sweet little girl had to be escorted off stage, for she was sobbing so hard that the teachers' couldn't stand to watch her cry any longer.
About two minutes after the show ended, she came over and gave me a hug, and told me that she was sorry for crying. She was just afraid to be up there... that people were going to laugh at her. Then she put on her shoes and ran around with her friends, laughing and giggling as if nothing ever happened.
But it did happen ... and here's the shaky video clip to prove it! This is Sheridan during her opening song.
And this is the video clip of her class' interpretive dance to the 3 R's. Yup, she's still crying.