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We attended the annual New Years Talent Show at Temple again. Ana performed "Begin the Beguine." Other numbers were dance routines to Oompa Loompa music, "His Eye Is On The Sparrow" and a couple of Elvis numbers. As usual, we were done at a reasonable time, and went home to watch the ball drop on Time Square.

Anne of Green Gables rehearsals started in earnest. There are 50 kids, and the show is double-cast, so that in case of illness, we should be able to hold a show without missing cast members. Many of our friends are on staff in the show with us.

The HP Choir taping team started rehearsing for their taping session in March.  Ana is again a 1st Tenor - a Tenalto, as one of her kids in Anne calls her.

The Pioneer High School Performing Arts Center finally opened, nearly two years after it was burned by a wayward student. Ana attended it's first play, Arsenic & Old Lace. How fitting that it's first show was the first play she ever auditioned for when attending Pioneer in the '70s.

Shows we've seen with friends, or starring friends, were: Rocky Horror Show ... Actually, we saw no other shows, because we were consumed with Anne!



The Audition Demo DVD Ana did nearly a year ago was never completed, as some of the segments needed to be reshot. Ana's was one, so she had to perform "For Me & My Gal" again for the camera. All seemed to go very well.

We went to see several friends in a nearby production of 1776, our last opportunity to see it before we had to be at the theater every weekend for our own performances.

Performances started for Anne. The opening nights were good houses, and we had a gala reception after each opening.

Joyce spent Presidents' Week skiing with her dad. She was back in time to work tech on the last two weekends of Anne.



The HP Choir taping session occurred without incident this year, compared to last year when we lost all the original digital files, and had to retape a couple days later.

Joyce went for her behind-the-wheel driving test, and passed the first time out! It definitely helps to have one more driver around, to run errands, and carpool.

Before Anne closed, the cast, staff and crew had a cast party picnic, with 3-legged races, disoriented cordial rallies, egg-&-spoon races, and the like. We barbequed, and sang karaoke, and had quite a lovely time before the final Saturday performance. (see the show's pictures)

The show closed the following day, which was a sad and happy time. It was nice to have "our lives back" but we would miss all our friends, old and new, that we had been with for so many weeks. But Jekyll & Hyde is already in rehearsal, and there are things to do on that show too. The gals won't be idle long!

Joyce participated in her school's annual French class project, a variety show presented mostly in French. This year's theme was the cirque. Our friend Aaron joined us for the festivities. See pictures of some of the highlights.

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